We believe that dental implants offer one of the best solutions for tooth replacement in dentistry today. But they come with a lot of questions about who should place them, who is a candidate, and which solution is the right one. We’ve created a dental implant FAQ page to answer some of these preliminary questions. We encourage you to read through our answers and then contact our office for a consultation with one of our dentists!
A dental implant is made of three equally important pieces: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the crown. In the first step of the procedure, the implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. After placement, the titanium implant begins to fuse with the jaw bone. This creates a connection between jaw and implant very similar to that between the jaw and a natural tooth. The next step is to fit the abutment over the part of the implant that is exposed above the gum line. Finally, the crown, the piece that looks like a natural tooth, is placed over the abutment.
Do you have single or missing teeth? Do you want a tooth replacement that is secure and long-lasting? Then dental implants are a possible tooth replacement option, and a consultation with us will help determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants. With new technology available, almost anyone can receive dental implants.
Dental implants can permanently replace a single, several, or all your missing teeth! Depending on your oral health condition, you may need other procedures first, such as bone grafting, to ensure the implants remain stable in the jaw. In most cases, if you have failing teeth, we can extract bad teeth and replace them the same day with implants.
An implant mimics the root of a tooth within the jaw bone and gum, allowing them to fit more naturally and securely, and function similarly to natural teeth. Implants stimulate the jaw bone like natural teeth, preserving the jaw bone and preventing deterioration. With proper care, implants generally never need to be replaced. Like your natural teeth, good oral hygiene ensures longevity and success of treatment. Dentures cause irritation to gums and are not placed in a fixed location in the mouth. Biting and chewing ability is impaired, which can impact nutrition. Dentures may need to be refitted or replaced as a result of age and deterioration of the gums and jaw bone.
Immediate Load Implants, or teeth-in-a-day , have no waiting period and missing teeth can be placed immediately! As soon as the surgery to place the implant has been completed the doctor can place a restoration piece without the required 6-month waiting period. You can walk out of your appointment with a new tooth that will function normally the same day!
In our Aliso Viejo, CA office, we will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums in addition to assessing your bone density, and may use x-rays to determine the exact placement location for the implants. We will your oral hygiene routine, medical/oral health history, and personal habits that may influence the success of the implant procedure. Based on the results of the examination, we will recommend which type(s) of dental implant procedures are best suited for your unique oral healthcare needs and explain what each procedure entails and clarify the differences between them. This is your time to ask questions and get clarity on any concerns you may have.
Yes, we restore all our dental implant solutions in our office. We have CEREC technology that allows us to create custom dental crowns in half the time and offer traditional crowns, dentures, and full arch prostheses depending on your smile needs.
On a day-to-day basis, caring for your dental implant does not differ from how you would care for your natural teeth. Just like with your natural teeth, good oral hygiene help ward off infection and maintain the long-term viability of your implants. Diligent daily brushing and flossing certainly helps prevent plaque build-up, but your dental hygienist also plays an important role in keeping your dental implants free of infection.