If you have suffered tooth loss, and you don’t want to just replace your missing teeth, but rather get your natural teeth back, then we would highly recommend dental implants. Just like your remaining teeth, they have a root, a crown, and are firmly attached to your jawbone. No other dental restoration works like this, and no other is able to recreate the look, function, and strength of teeth as realistically as implants. If you’re serious about putting your tooth loss behind you permanently, implants are the answer, and you can get everything you need right here at Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra. To learn more about dental implants in Alhambra, CA and what they could do for you, contact us today to schedule your consultation.
The main thing that makes dental implants special is that the new teeth are anchored within the jawbone using artificial tooth roots made out of titanium. Compared to regular bridges and dentures, this two-part construction enables them to offer a host of unique advantages:
The dental implant process begins with a consultation, wherein your dentist will answer your questions about the treatment and determine if you are a candidate for it. If you are, we’ll schedule your implant placement surgery. Later, after the implants are in place and they have had a chance to bond with the surrounding tissue, you will receive a custom crown, bridge, or denture to fill in the gaps in your smile. From beginning to end, the entire process may take several months.
Dr. Gashparova and Dr. Dang can customize implants so they work for patients with any number of missing teeth. Once they have confirmed that your mouth and jawbone are healthy enough for the procedure, they can help you choose which of the following restorations best suits your needs:
Instead of filing down the teeth near the missing one to hold a prosthetic, a single implant can be placed into the jawbone and used to support a crown that instantly closes a lone gap.
A small number of implants can provide support for a bridge or full denture, giving these prosthetics a security that a traditional removable one simply can’t replicate.
Even patients with complete tooth loss can benefit from implants. A full denture can be attached to the jawbone using just four to six roots, giving patients a strong bite and a prosthetic that they can always trust to stay in place.
For patients who want to replace an entire row of teeth as quickly as possible, All-On-4 enables them to do it in just one appointment. We place just four implants into the jawbone and immediately attach them to a full denture, dramatically improving someone’s oral health and appearance at the same time.
Dr. Calvin Dang is our periodontal specialist, meaning he has taken countless hours of training specifically dedicated to placing dental implants. Dr. Gashparova, on the other hand, is a general dentist who has spent years learning how to provide custom crowns, bridges, and dentures. By having them both under one roof, our implant patients are able to get everything they need without having to run between different dental offices, which is what other dental offices will force you to do the majority of the time. With our approach, people save time, money, and stress while they recover their smile.
Dental implants do not need any more attention than your other natural teeth. Dental implants will not decay, so they will never need other dental procedures, such as a root canal. The main concerns after dental implant placement are gum disease, and putting too much stress or pressure on the implants by developing bad habits such as clenching or teeth grinding. However, if you work with our team and do your due diligence to prevent gum disease, you will be able to keep the gum tissue around your new implant healthy. If you have or develop a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, you should ask your dentist to create a custom nightguard for you. This will protect your new implants and your investment in lifelong dental health.
Because dental implants are so versatile, the cost of the treatment always varies from patient to patient depending on their particular situation, such as how many teeth they are missing or what kind of restoration they want. Despite costing more upfront compared to other options, implants actually tend to be the most budget-friendly replacement thanks to their longevity. Over the course of the average lifespan of a single implant, people with regular dentures and bridges will have to replace their prosthetic multiple times, adding thousands to the initial lower price. In general, implant patients tend to save tremendously in the long-run while also enjoying superior aesthetics and function.
Are you preparing for dental implants or just considering them as a potential option for tooth replacement? No matter where you are in your decision-making process, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra wants you to feel confident about your choice to replace your missing teeth with dental implants. To help you become more well-informed on the topic, we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions that will provide greater insight into this method of restorative care. Should you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
When opting for dental implants, you will be pleased to learn that there are very few food restrictions. One of the great advantages of implants is that they offer greater functionality when chewing and eating. However, a good general rule of thumb is to cut up harder, larger pieces of food, especially those that could cause damage to a tooth. While you may enjoy a nice, juicy apple, try cutting it up into more manageable pieces instead of biting into it. This is a good practice whether you have dental implants or not.
Immediately before we begin placing your dental implants, you will receive local anesthesia to ensure you have a comfortable, pain-free experience. You will feel nothing during the actual placement process; however, once you return home to recover, it is normal to feel some discomfort and soreness in the days and weeks after. This will pass, but you should follow our detailed instructions for a successful recovery, some of which include eating softer foods in the beginning and being careful when cleaning around your implants while brushing your teeth.
Patients who do not have enough bone density can expect to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift before receiving dental implants. This decision will be made during your initial consultation. It is at this time that we will examine your oral cavity and facial structure to determine how strong your jawbone is and whether it can hold up your implants. If not, it will be necessary to add bone minerals to these weaker areas and allow it to grow before we can begin the process of implant placement.
To answer this question, you will need to check your policy. Most dental insurance companies do not cover the cost of surgical placement; however, you might be surprised to learn that other aspects of your treatment may be covered all or at least in part. From the initial consultation to the custom restoration and even the anesthesia, you will need to speak with an insurance representative to find out exactly how much your out of pocket expenses will be.
If you need help identifying whether you’ve met your deductible or how best to determine what will be covered versus what you will be paying for out of pocket, a member of our administrative team will be happy to assist. We will even work on your behalf with the insurance company if you prefer.