Implant Dentistry in American Canyon
Missing a tooth or sometimes several teeth is a common problem. Reason for missing teeth could be gum disease, tooth decay, injury due to accident, extraction or even genetics. Other risk factors for tooth loss can be diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, smoking and poor nutrition. The vacant spot left behind by the tooth creates excess room that causes teeth to shift.
Problems Caused By Shifting Teeth:
- Bite mal-alignment
- Greater tooth decay cause by increased difficulty cleaning teeth.
- Bone loss
- Problems in chewing and speaking
- Confidence issues due to incomplete smile
Teeth Shift Due to Vacant Space
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tooth prosthetic. The post of the dental implant functions as a replacement for tooth roots. It is shaped like a screw and surgically placed into the jawbone. The material used is titanium which is known for its property to fuse with the bone. It integrates with the natural bone to create a stable foundation to support a dental crown. The dental crown is made of high quality, extremely durable material and it is custom made to look just like your natural teeth.
Dental Implants are the most organic way to replace a tooth. They look most tooth-like and are most comfortable and durable. You’re able to clean and floss them like regular teeth.
Comparing Dental Implants to Traditional Procedures
Strength and Durability : Implants are much higher on strength as compared to bridges or dentures. The titanium post creates an ultra strong foundation for the tooth prosthetics. Dentures may break and need to be replaced. but implants are designed to last a lifetime. Bridges may need to be replaced every 10 years.
Stability : Once inserted, implants behave like a natural teeth. They can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, there is no worry of slipping while eating or speaking, thus avoiding embarrassing situations. You don’t have to remove them to clean them.
Aesthetics and Function : Since implants offer the closest resemblance to natural teeth, smiling, eating, speaking is with greater comfort and confidence.
Cost-Effectiveness : Since dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, they are much more cost effective as compared to bridges which may have to be replaced every 10 years.
Bone Preservation : If teeth are missing, bone loss would normally occur. Implants act like substitute tooth roots and stimulating the bone, preserving it and preventing the bone loss. Bridges do not offer the same benefit.
Combining Bridges and Dentures with Implants
At Canyon West Dental, we also offer a combined approach to teeth replacement that integrates implant technology into dentures and bridges. This approach can be used when a row of teeth needs to be replaced. Doing so combines the reliability of dental implants with the affordability of bridges and dentures.
With traditional dental bridges, the nearby healthy teeth need to be shaved down to accommodate for a bridge. Using implant supported bridges is a more organic approach because it eliminates this issue of willfully damaging surrounding teeth.
Implant Supported Bridge
Implant Supported Denture
Dental Implant Procedure
Evaluation: The dentists at Canyon West Dental will evaluate your overall health to make sure you’re fit for the procedure. The evaluation will be based on:
- Medical history and medications
- Dental exam and periodontal evaluation
- Digital dental x-rays and diagnostic photos
- 3-D CBCT images : This technology may be used to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.
These tests will determine the amount of bone density you have and help guide the placement of implants.
Preparation: If the patient has gum disease, then the infection will be treated and the team will help the patient regain oral health before surgery.
Implantation: After placing the implant, it may take several months for the surgical site to fully heal. In many cases, a temporary crown or denture is placed at the time of the implant.
Completion: The custom-made prosthetic tooth is fitted on the implant post. A bridge or permanent denture will be fitted for patients replacing multiple teeth.
Bone Grafting Before Implant Placement
For an implant post to hold firmly to the jaw bone, enough bone mass is required in the area. Some patients have lost their bone tissue due to age or missing teeth or other reasons. Besides, extraction of teeth causes bone loss over a few months. If we are looking at placing an implant, we perform a bone graft to build bone size for the implant to successfully be embedded. It takes a few months for the surgical site to heal before it is ready for an implant.