Why Dental Implants?
One of the greatest innovations in dentistry has been the advent of dental implants. It is a proven solution to replacing missing teeth without affecting neighboring teeth as with a traditional bridge. Unlike a removable partial denture, it is permanently placed so you don’t have to remove it every night. Multiple research studies indicate dental implants have an outstanding success rate of over 95% and can even last a lifetime.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the bone, replacing the root form of the missing tooth. Generally, the area is left alone for as little as three to six months so the bone can integrate around the implant. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, a crown is placed over the top of the implant. It will blend into the natural look of your smile, giving the impression a tooth was ever missing in the first place.
There are a variety of applications for dental implants. If multiple teeth are missing, sometimes two implants can be placed and a bridge used to replace the missing teeth. For those who have problems with dentures staying in place, implants can be used to anchor the denture to the gums by way of a ball and socket type connection, or permanently affixed to the implants so that the denture does not move at all. Implants can also be used to help move teeth in orthodontics. It all depends on the clinical situation and what is best for each individual.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
At Classic Dental Smiles, we understand that missing teeth can be a hassle, but also affect your overall quality of life. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
- Have trouble chewing and poor digestion from missing teeth
- Have trouble with your speech due to missing teeth
- Have low self-confidence due to cracked, broken, or missing teeth
- Are not experiencing any symptoms of gum disease
- Have strong jawbone mass
If Dr. Chan has determined that you are in good overall health and committed to following a good oral health regimen, you can move forward with dental implant placement.
Sirona Galileos Comfort PLUS
Through the use of Sirona Galileos ComfortPLUS, at Classic Dental Smiles we have the ability to see the underlying facial structures in three dimensions (3D) that uses cone beam technology. With this state-of-the-art technology, we are able to see whether or not additional procedures need to be completed before an implant is placed, identifying possible complications prior to the surgery. It is very crucial that you have strong bone mass in order to move forward with dental implants.
Three-dimensional imaging saves the patient time and money, helping us to provide the highest level of care. By using this cone beam technology, Dr. Chan can see your natural teeth and determine if your tooth is worth saving with a filling or crown, or if it should be removed and replaced with an implant. Traditional x-rays only show two dimensions while cone beam technology adds that critical third dimension. If there is a problem, this technology allows us to identify it right away, giving you the answers you not only need, but deserve, so we can treat you more effectively.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Once your dental implants are in place, you will notice an immediate difference in your overall quality of life, such as:
- Renewed appearance
- Better speech
- Increased confidence
- Enjoyment of your favorite foods
- Restored bite and overall dental function
- Prevention of misalignment, TMJ disorder, and gum disease
At Classic Dental Smiles, placing dental implants is one of our favorite procedures. We complete the entire procedure in our office from the placement of the implant to the crown restoration. You can rest assured that the team at Classic Dental Smiles will make sure you are happy with the results of your dental implants.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants, please feel free give us a call our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office today at (858) 485-6781.