Dental Implants

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Did you know that by the time Americans reach 35 years old, 69% have lost at least one permanent tooth? 

Missing teeth can cause numerous oral health problems, such as shifting teeth and bone loss. 

But with dental implants at Benicia Oral Surgery located in Benicia, California, the team of dental surgeons can replace your tooth and stop bone loss. 

Call the office today or make an appointment online to see how dental implant surgery can help you.

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are a revolutionary procedure that places a titanium artificial tooth root in the place of your missing tooth. 

After a healing period where your jawbone fuses around the implant, a dental crown is installed and looks just like the rest of your natural teeth. 

In some cases, dentures can be installed on dental implants to prevent shifting and movement while talking and eating.

Dental implants are a revolutionary procedure that places a titanium artificial tooth root in the place of your missing tooth. 

WHAT ARE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS?

All-on-4 dental implants, also known as hybrid dentures, consist of a full arch of replacement teeth. These are secured to your jaw with just four implanted posts.

You may benefit from hybrid dentures when you have multiple teeth that need replacing, such as when replacing your full set of teeth

Replacing missing teeth one by one can take several months to complete. Whereas, All-on-4 dental implants can usually be fitted by our surgeons in a single day.

CAN ANYONE GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If your oral surgeon feels you are healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or any other oral surgery, then it’s likely that you can go through with the dental implants procedure. 

You must have healthy gums and the bone density of your jaw bone should be strong enough to hold the implant. 

It is expected that you will maintain good oral hygiene after the surgery and schedule regular dental visits to follow up.

Tobacco users or those that suffer from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area, will need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

If your oral surgeon feels you are healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or any other oral surgery, then it’s likely that you can go through with the dental implants procedure. 

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR GETTING A DENTAL IMPLANT?

After extraction, the dental process usually takes three visits to the Benicia Oral Surgery office. 

At the first visit, your surgeon will take X-rays and scans of your mouth and make sure you have enough jawbone density to hold the implant. If not, a bone graft procedure can be performed before you receive a dental implant. 

This is common when the implant is to be placed in the maxilla (upper jaw) towards the back of the mouth. This is due to the location of the maxillary sinus (air-filled space found in the bones of the face). 

A surgical procedure called a sinus lift can fix this by lifting the sinus floor and grafting bone into the sinus.

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

When the bone is strong enough, a titanium rod is implanted into your jawbone in an outpatient procedure. Anesthetics, and in some cases sedatives, can be used to minimize any pain or discomfort. 

At this point, you need to wait until the implant fully fuses with your jawbone. This takes anywhere from three to six months.

At your last visit, your Benicia Oral Surgery specialist uncovers your implant and prepares the implant for the crown that your referring general dentist will install. 

Since your implant works just like a natural tooth root, your dental prosthesis won’t move or shift. With proper care, a dental implant will last your entire life.  

RECOVERY, FOLLOW-UP AND AFTERCARE

After the implant is fitted, you need to avoid developing the condition called peri-implantitis. 

This is when the gum tissue and bone surrounding the implant becomes inflamed. This is much like periodontal disease, which affects natural teeth.

This condition is caused either by excessive biting forces on the implant or by bacterial infection. If you don’t treat this condition, you could lose your dental implant.

To prevent this condition from developing, you will need to keep the implant clean and have follow-up visits at the dental office. You can clean your implant through regular tooth brushing and flossing, removing food particles and plaque.

When you visit the dental office, the soft and hard tissues surrounding the implant will be examined and  harder calcified deposits will be removed from around the implant site.

If necessary, your bite alignment can be adjusted to protect the implant from heavy biting forces.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A DENTAL IMPLANT?

Most dental specialists would say that dental implant treatment is the best tooth-replacement procedure available. 

The oral surgeons at Benicia Oral Surgery, in Benicia, CA, highly recommend implant dentistry over conventional replacements or not replacing the tooth at all. 

The following reasons explain why:

Improved Appearance

Many will not be able to tell the difference between your dental implants and your natural teeth. Teeth also provide structure for your face and lift the skin, giving you a more youthful look.

Improved Speech

The implant screw forms a strong bond with your jaw and won’t slip around like a removable denture will. Therefore, they eliminate the causes of mumbling or slurring.

Improved Comfort

Removable dentures tend to need readjusting as they slip in the mouth. Yet, dental implants are fixed, eliminating the problem.

Confidence Eating

You can eat the same foods with dental implants as you can with natural teeth. That means you don’t need to avoid your favorite crispy or crunchy foods.

Improved Self-Esteem

Dental implants look like your real teeth. That means embarrassment-free smiles and restored confidence.

Improved Oral Health

A tooth-supported bridge sometimes requires that you reduce your other teeth. Dental implants don’t require this procedure.

So your adjacent teeth are left intact, which will have long-term benefits to your oral health. The dental implant is fit to give easier access between adjacent teeth, improving oral hygiene.

Durability

When dental implants are cared for, they can last a lifetime. The materials are durable and last a long time.

Convenience

Many complain that removable dentures have annoying maintenance routines. 

Dental implants, on the other hand, don’t need to be removed or require being stuck in place with messy adhesives. You can continue to care for them just like your natural teeth.

Prevents Bone Loss

Bone loss usually occurs when you are missing teeth. Dental implants, though,  fuse with the surrounding bone, providing a stimulus that promotes bone growth.

FAQ

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS MADE OF?

Dental implants are made of three individual components. The two principal parts are the screws that attach to the jawbone and the crown that makes up the visible part of the tooth. 

The screw that fixes to the jaw is made of titanium or a titanium alloy. It has been discovered that titanium has the properties needed to bond with the bone in a process called osseointegration. 

The crown is commonly made of porcelain or another tooth-colored material.

FOR YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT CONSULTATION, CALL BENICIA ORAL SURGERY OR MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE TODAY.

Our doctors who provide this service

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Irving Riley, DDS

With over 40 years of clinical experience, Irving Riley, DDS, MPH, serves the San Francisco Bay region as an oral surgeon at Benicia Oral Surgery located in Benicia, California. He holds various leadership positions in professional and civic organizations and has taught dental students as an associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School.

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Lewis Clayman, DMD, MD

With over 25 years of experience as an oral surgeon and residency director, Lewis Clayman, DMD, MD, joins the Benicia Oral Surgery team as the chief surgeon of the practice. As an expert in the field, patients choose Dr. Clayman for implantology, oncology, reconstructive surgery, and dental extractions, just to name a few. He has traveled the world volunteering his services in places such as India, Brazil, and Nepal.

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