If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, dental implants can restore your smile to its near original condition. Plus, if you take good care of them, they can last a lifetime. At Today’s Dentistry in San Jose, California, Peter K. Lee, DDS, and the team offer traditional and All-on-4 dental implants. To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment today. Call the office or click the online booking tool.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. An extension called an abutment attaches to the implant and connects to a replacement tooth.
Dental implants are the most natural-looking and long-lasting tooth replacement option. In addition, dental implants help preserve your jawbone, make speaking easier, and improve your long-term oral health.
During traditional dental implant surgery, your Today’s Dentistry provider places an implant for each of your missing teeth.
All-on-4 dental implants, on the other hand, can replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth with just four implants. Fewer implants means a quicker recovery period and a lower risk of implant failure.
If you are healthy enough to undergo a routine dental procedure like a root canal or extraction, you’re probably a good candidate for dental implants. However, it’s important that you have healthy gums and enough jawbone to hold the implants.
It’s also important to share your medical history with your Today’s Dentistry provider. For example, if you have a chronic illness like diabetes or high blood pressure, let the team know.
These conditions won’t necessarily disqualify you from receiving implants, but they might increase your risk of complications.
The process for getting dental implants typically takes between six months to one year and involves a series of appointments. Although this may seem like a long time, it’s important to remember that with proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
At your first appointment, your Today’s Dentistry provider performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your goals for treatment.
Your provider also takes a series of X-rays, using a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) 3D X-ray scanner to get a better look at your jawbones and tooth roots. Your provider uses all of this information to develop a custom implant treatment plan.
At your second appointment, your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb the nerves in your gum line. After the anesthetic sets in, your Today’s Dentistry provider surgically places titanium rods in the sockets where teeth are being replaced with implants.
After the operation, your dentist provides you with a list of recovery instructions and sends you home.
Roughly 6-12 months later, after your implants fuse to your jawbone, you return for your third appointment. At your third appointment, your Today’s Dentistry provider numbs your teeth and gums and takes molds of your implants.
The team sends your molds to a laboratory that manufactures your false teeth or pontics. If you have All-on-4 implants, the laboratory creates a removable denture.
A week or two later, you return for your final appointment. Your provider secures your teeth to your implants, restoring your smile to its new vibrant condition.
Don’t let missing teeth negatively impact your confidence and self-esteem. Request an appointment at Today’s Dentistry by calling or clicking the online booking tool.