Benefit from the “gold standard” in tooth replacement with Dental Implants
When at Oroville Dentistry, we cannot preserve natural teeth; we work closely with our patients on prompt tooth replacement. Modern dental techniques and materials allow today’s patients to have more options than ever before to fill gaps in their smiles. Dr. Daniel Appel can even rebuild teeth in a way that “mimics” the design and structure of a natural tooth. Our patients throughout the Chico, California metro area, can then enjoy the many cosmetic and functional benefits of a prosthetic tooth designed like a natural tooth.
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. They are shaped like cylinders and made from a biocompatible or tissue-friendly material such as titanium. The implant is strategically placed in the jawbone. Since the implant is made from a biocompatible material, it will fuse to the surrounding bone, usually in around three to four months. In turn, the implant is connected to the bone and provides a solid, immovable foundation for your replacement teeth to sit upon. A single implant may be used to support or “root” one replacement tooth or crown, while a few precisely-placed implants can be used to stabilize many teeth. As few as four implants can support an entire arch of replacement teeth or an entire upper or lower denture.
The specific design of the dental implant-supported prosthetic depends on your needs; for instance, specialized attachments may be connected to partial dentures or complete dentures. These attachments link the underlying implants to the overlying denture. We also offer mini-implants for those patients who have sustained bone loss but do not want to undergo grafting to build up bone in the treatment site or who are not good candidates for such a procedure.
What to expect
Suppose we determine that you are a great candidate for implants (and many patients are!). In that case, the process starts with collecting as much information about your mouth as possible—this aids in treatment planning, notably, the precise implant placement. The procedure is completed in one in-office visit and is very well-tolerated. We can discuss anesthetic and sedative options to keep you comfortable and relaxed. As the implant site and supportive bone heal, we can place a temporary restoration to “fill in” the gap while you wait for the implant to integrate into the surrounding tissues. The second phase of treatment involves preparing the actual restoration. We will take impressions of the tooth to be replaced, which our skilled lab uses to make your new crown. The last step in the process is the crown placement (or bridge, partial denture, or complete denture).
Our patients appreciate that implants prevent devastating bone loss by keeping the supportive facial and jawbone strong and healthy. They can use and care for their new teeth just like they do any other natural teeth. There is no special care or products required to keep their teeth healthy. As long as you keep up with hygiene at home and appointments at our practice, implants can last a lifetime. Contact us at (530) 783-7545 to schedule your appointment at our Oroville office.