Dental Implants

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If you’re missing a tooth, you might think your only option for replacement is a bridge or dentures. 

Fortunately, the team at Estudillo Oral Surgery, located in San Leandro, California, can provide implant dentistry to replace your missing tooth. Our provider is an expert in dental implant surgery and offers the tooth replacement option you are looking for. 

Call the office today or request an appointment online.

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are replacement artificial tooth roots that form a strong bond with your jawbone.

These replacement tooth roots are made from titanium.

The metal implant post is secured into your jawbone, and it acts as a sturdy base for replacement teeth, such as dental crowns. They are used to replace missing teeth or even one missing tooth.

The dental implant will fit directly into the empty socket left from your tooth loss. 

Dental implants are replacement artificial tooth roots that form a strong bond with your jawbone.

WHAT ARE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS?

All-on-4 dental implants are sometimes referred to as hybrid dentures. They consist of a full arch of artificial teeth that are secured to your jaw with just four implanted posts.

While the process for replacing all your teeth with individual dental implants can take several months, in many cases, our surgeons can place your All-on-4 dental implants in a single day. 

Hybrid dentures are a good option if you have multiple teeth that need replacing, such as when replacing your full set of teeth.

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS WORTH IT?

Dental implant treatment is considered by most dental specialists to be the best tooth-replacement procedure. 

The oral surgeons at Estudillo Oral Surgery, in San Leandro, CA, give several reasons to choose dental implants over conventional replacements or not replacing the tooth at all. 

Some of these include:

Improved Appearance

Dental implants are made to look and feel like natural teeth. And because the implant screw integrates into the bone structure, it becomes permanent.

Improved Speech

Dental implants don’t slip around like a removable denture will. Therefore, they won’t cause you to mumble or slur your words.

Improved Comfort

Being fixed to the bone, they eliminate the discomfort that can be caused by removable dentures.

Confidence Eating

Dental implants have a similar strength to your natural teeth, allowing you to eat crispy or crunchy foods with confidence and without discomfort.

Improved Self-Esteem

Dental implants look like real teeth. You don’t need to hide your smile anymore.

Improved Oral Health

It’s not necessary to reduce other teeth like you do when fitting a tooth-supported bridge. 

As adjacent teeth are left intact, a dental implant will improve long-term oral health. The dental implant will also allow easier access between adjacent teeth, improving oral hygiene.

Durability

Implants are made from materials that are hard wearing. If you take care of them well, they could last a lifetime.

Convenience

Removable dentures can be difficult to live with. 

On the other hand, once dental implants are fit, they don’t need to be removed or require adhesives to hold them in place. You only need to care for them, just like your natural teeth.

Prevents Bone Loss

A lack of stimulation to the jawbone because of missing teeth can cause the bone to weaken. Dental implants integrate with the surrounding bone, providing a stimulus that promotes bone growth.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If your oral surgeon deems you healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery, then you can likely be fitted with a dental implant. 

It’s also necessary that you have healthy gums and sufficient bone density to hold the implant. It’s also expected that you maintain good oral hygiene and have regular dental visits after the surgery.

If you smoke or suffer from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area, then you will need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

When you arrive for your dental implant consultation, your provider will take panoramic X-rays of your mouth and jaw. If your jawbone is deemed dense enough to support the implants, you can move forward in the process.

If your jaw doesn’t have the needed strength, you aren’t out of luck. The Estudillo Oral Surgery & Implantology team can perform a bone graft prior to the implant placement to help strengthen your jawbone.

This is often done when the implant is to be placed in the maxilla (upper jaw) towards the back of the mouth. 

The amount of bone may be insufficient because of the maxillary sinus (air-filled space found in the bones of the face). A small surgical procedure called a sinus lift raises the sinus floor, and bone is grafted into the sinus.

Your dental specialist may also use small-diameter implants, or mini implants, which require less support from the bone structure.

If your oral surgeon deems you healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery, then you can likely be fitted with a dental implant. 

WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING DENTAL IMPLANTS?

It takes a few months to a year to complete the full dental implants procedure. 

That might seem like a long time, but the benefits of dental implants are well worth the wait. And once the implant is placed, it can last a lifetime. 

Once your jaw is deemed strong enough to support the implant, your surgeon will begin the process. 

First, a small titanium threaded rod is drilled into your jawbone, followed with a cover screw that will only be placed temporarily until your final step. Once secured, your surgeon will sew your gums shut with dissolvable sutures. 

A follow-up appointment will be scheduled a week after your implant surgery procedure to ensure that the area is healing properly. 

It can take anywhere from three to six months for your implant to fuse firmly into your jawbone. Once the implant is secured, you will return to the Estudillo Oral Surgery office for the final step. 

The cover screw will be replaced with a healing abutment for your restorative dentist to place a tooth that will be secured to your implant.

A crown is typically used for one tooth, while an implant-supported bridge or dentures are used for multiple teeth.

RECOVERY, FOLLOW-UP, AND AFTERCARE

After your dental implant has been fitted, the gum tissue and bone surrounding the implant can become inflamed. 

It is a condition called peri-implantitis. This is similar to periodontal disease, which affects natural teeth.

The inflammation can be caused by excessive biting forces on the implant or by infection. If not cared for, peri-implantitis could result in the loss of your dental implant.

Proper cleaning at home and follow-up visits at the dental office are necessary to avoid this condition. You can keep your implant clean by regularly brushing and flossing to remove food particles and plaque.

At the dental office, the oral surgeons will examine the surrounding soft and hard tissues and remove harder calcified deposits around the implant site.

They may also adjust the bite alignment to protect the implant from heavy biting forces.

Contact Estudillo Oral Surgery today by calling the practice or booking online to find out if dental implants are right for you.

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