Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Pleasanton CA.

A dental implant is a surgical procedure that is used to replace missing teeth or broken tooth. When a broken tooth has so much damage that the tooth cannot be properly restored, the broken tooth may require dental extractions. A dental implant can be placed to restore an prosthetic tooth. The implant consists of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, serving as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. A dental crown, bridge, or denture is then attached to the implant, providing a functional and aesthetic replacement for the missing tooth. Dental implants are a popular option for tooth replacement because they offer significant benefits over other options, such as dental bridges and dentures, in most cases.

One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they are permanent and do not need to be removed, as is the case with dentures. They also do not require the modification of adjacent teeth, as is often the case with dental bridges. In addition, dental implants stimulate the jaw bone which helps preserve the integrity of the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking or deteriorating.

Why do I need Dental Implants?

For many people, missing teeth present a mostly cosmetic problem. This is a fair concern: Missing teeth carry a stigma, and people with missing teeth find it uncomfortable to smile.

Unfortunately, the problem of missing teeth goes beyond the cosmetic issue. Missing teeth put additional stress on your remaining teeth and can lead to damage, including fractures and even further tooth loss. When you are missing teeth, you may find it difficult or even painful to enjoy the fresh, healthy foods you need for proper nutrition and nourishment.

Even more concerning, one or more missing teeth can eventually lead to significant bone loss in your jaws as the tissue becomes atrophied from lack of use. Overtime, this diminishing bone can lead to visible changes in your face and cause you to appear prematurely aged. Dental implants will stop this process in its tract, something that even dentures and partials cannot do.

The Dental Implant Process

The process of getting a dental implant typically involves several steps outlined below.

1st Visit – Implant Pre-Surgery Consultation

Our Lumi Care Team will take X-rays, 3D scans, or other imaging tests to assess the condition of the jawbone and the surrounding teeth. Our dentist will review the patient’s medical history and any medications they are taking, as certain conditions or medications may affect the success of the implant. If the patient is determined to be a good candidate for a dental implant, the next step is to prepare the site for the implant. This may involve removing any decayed or damaged teeth, or performing bone grafting procedures to strengthen the jawbone.

2nd Visit – Implant Surgery

After 3-6 months of healing, the tooth extraction area will be ready for the implant placement surgery. The implant placement procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia. During the surgery, the dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue, exposing the jawbone. They will then drill a small hole into the bone and slowly insert the titanium implant. After the implant has been placed, the gum tissue is closed around it, and the site is allowed to heal. The healing process, known as osseointegration, typically takes several months, during which time the implant becomes securely anchored in the jawbone. A healing cap is often placed to condition the tissues to contour around the implants.

3rd Visit – Implant Crown Impressions

The patient’s next appointment will be to assess integration of the implant and bone healing around the implant. This will typically take place 3-6 months from the implant placement surgery. Once the implant has fully integrated into the jawbone, our dentist will take an impression of the implant using a digital scanner. Our digital impression and our customized lab instructions will be sent to our implant lab partner to be processed.

4th Visit – Implant Crown Delivery

Our dentist will do a fitting for the abutment and crown. The abutment, a connector piece between the implant and crown, serves as a base for the dental crown, bridge, or denture that will be attached to the implant. Once the fitting is complete, the crown and abutment are permanently attached to the implant.

What is a dental implant made of?

A dental implant consists of several components that work together to replace a missing tooth. The main parts of a dental implant are:

Implant body.

The implant body

This is a small, cylindrical piece of biocompatible material, such as titanium, that is placed into the jawbone and serves as the replacement for the root of the missing tooth. The implant body is designed to be integrated with the surrounding bone tissue, which provides a stable foundation for the rest of the dental implant.

The abutment.

The abutment

This is a small connector piece that is attached to the top of the implant body and serves as a support for the artificial tooth. The abutment may be made of titanium, ceramic, or another biocompatible material and is typically attached to the implant body after the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone.

Implant Crown.

The crown

This is the artificial tooth that is attached to the abutment and sits on top of the gum line. The crown can be made of a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, or zirconia, and is designed to look and function like a natural tooth.

There are also other components that may be used in a dental implant, such as a healing cap, which is placed over the implant body to prevent the gums from growing into the implant during the healing process, and a prosthetic screw, which is used to attach the abutment to the implant body. The process of placing a dental implant involves a surgical procedure in which the implant body is placed into the jawbone. After the implant has been placed, the bone around it will heal and integrate with the implant over a period of several months. Once the implant is fully integrated, the abutment and crown can be attached to complete the dental implant.

Schedule a consultation for your missing or broken tooth to see if a dental bridge, dental implant, or implant dentures is a right fit for you: (925) 918-6500