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  • Do you want to replace your missing tooth or teeth immediately?
  • Is daily cleaning under your bridge inconvenient?
  • Are you tired of wearing a loose fitting and uncomfortable denture?

If you answererd yes, then you should consider dental implants.

 

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer patients a long-term tooth replacement option that restores the appearance and function of natural teeth.Dental implants give you a second chance at having permanent fully functional teeth. They are designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Patients regain the ability to eat virtually anything, and you can smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth appear natural. As an added benefit, lip and facial contours are preserved or restored.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are threaded posts made of titanium. They surgically inserted into the jawbone in the area where teeth are missing. These posts heal into the jawbone and act as solid anchors to which pprosthetic teeth can be securely attached. Dental Implants will help maintain bone in areas of missing teeth. In turn, this preserves your facial contours, and your youthful facial appearance.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your upper or lower jawbone. For the first three to six months (healing periods varying depending on bone quality)following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums and gradually bond with the jawbone.

After the implant has healed into the jawbone, the patient returns to our office for the placement of a small post known as an abutment, that will anchor your new functional and esthetic tooth. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

 

We want our implant patients to be well informed about their options and the implant procedures before they decide whether this tooth replacement choice is right for them. Below, Our doctors and staff provide answers to some of the most common questions about dental implants.


What are the main benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer patients who are missing teeth a stable, reliable, and realistic replacement option. Patients who receive dental implants can smile with confidence and eat their favorite foods without worry. More importantly, dental implants halt the bone loss associated with missing teeth and wearing removable dentures.



Who is a candidate for implant dentistry?

Almost anyone who is missing teeth is a good candidate for implant dentistry. You must have a sufficient amount of healthy bone in the jaw to support the implant. As with many types of medical procedures, certain health concerns will prohibit people from receiving dental implants. Please schedule an implant dentistry consultation to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

I've been told I don't have enough bone for dental implants. Is there anything you can do?

Yes. In most cases, a bone grafting procedure can help even severe bone loss. This in-office procedure creates a strong foundation that ensures that there is enough healthy bone for the successful integration of the implant.

Gradual bone loss is common among denture wearers, and many experience difficulty stabilizing their lower denture over time, which can lead to chewing, speaking, eating, and even digestion problems. But with modern bone grafting techniques, we can often return the jaw to normal function and place implants to stabilize a denture.



What are dental implants made of?

Dental implant posts are made from titanium, a metal that is also used for joint replacements. Since titanium is biocompatible, the jawbone grows onto the dental implant post, ensuring a firm and stable foundation for a replacement tooth.

How long does the implant dentistry procedure take?

The length of the implant dentistry procedure varies based on the type of treatment required. In most cases, a two-to-four month healing period is needed to allow the jawbone to integrate with implant post. However, we are sometimes able to deliver fully functioning replacement teeth in a single office visit.

Do I have to go without my dentures during my treatment?

No. It is possible to wear your dentures immediately after the dental implant procedure; it will all depend on your treatment plan.

How much does the implant dentistry procedure cost?

The cost of dental implants is based on several factors:

The amount of bone present
The number of dental implants required
The type of replacement tooth or prosthesis chosen
Does insurance cover this procedure?

Coverage for implant dentistry in California varies depending on the insurance company and type of coverage. Some medical and dental insurance plans do cover part of the cost for dental implant treatment. At Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we are very familiar with insurance coverage issues regarding dental implant treatment.

Is financing available for dental implants?

Yes! We offer third party financing options such as Care Credit. Interest free and long-term financing is available to help you achieve the full benefits of dental implant treatment.