While dental implants can be a life-changing procedure, it’s important to choose a dental surgeon who has the experience and expertise to deliver the outcome you desire. At Rancherito Dental, you’ll find highly skilled, experienced dental implant surgeons who have earned a reputation for creating beautiful smiles and delivering sensational patient outcomes.
Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth. With this wonderful procedure, patients can look better, feel more confident and enjoy the foods they love.
Whether a single tooth or a complete smile makeover, we have experience with all types of dental implants. Click the link to visit our page explaining the different types of dental implant procedures.
Typically, the dental implant process if very straightforward. In order to evaluate the affected area and determine the ideal placement for implants an x-ray or CAT scan is necessary. Once we have this information, the surgeon will surgically place the implant(s) in your bone. Almost always you can immediately wear a temporary and you never have to be without teeth.
The implant will then fuse to the bone in approximately 10-12 weeks. After we are certain the implant is secure in the bone your general dentist will take molds to make a tooth or teeth that permanently cement on the implant(s). Different situations will dictate the exact steps needed but the good news is with the technology and surgical procedures available today everyone can replace teeth permanently.
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and crown can replace it. A dental implant will provide a stable replacement without needlessly damaging adjacent teeth.
The advantages of a single tooth implant over old-fashioned bridgework are numerous. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of the neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge.
Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to absorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, fooling the bone into thinking a tooth still resides and thus keeps the bone healthy and intact.
In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed (especially evident in the front of your mouth!). Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to a very unattractive smile. The cement holding the bridge in place can wash out allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge. Most bridges are replaced due to recurrent decay as flossing is very difficult around bridgework.
Most often you will be able to wear a temporary during the healing phase of the implant procedure. Post-operative instructions specific to you will be given and should be strictly adhered to. Implants are extremely successful but small precautions are always taken to ensure the success of your therapy. Most patients tell us the most difficult part of the procedure is waiting the 90-180 days it takes for the implant to bond to the bone before the dentist can custom make a crown that permanently cements to the implant abutment which is screwed into the implant.
If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants are the clear choice and provide several advantages over other teeth replacements. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Other common treatments for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from adjacent teeth.
In addition, because implant-supported bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root may begin to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
In the long term, implants are esthetic, functional and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a visible defect or causing extreme discomfort as your bone changes. Resorbed bone beneath bridges or removable partial dentures can lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile. The clasps found on most removable partial dentures also pull and push on the supporting teeth causing extensive damage to the teeth and bone. Removable partial dentures are also notoriously loose causing them to move around in your mouth and reduce your ability to talk and eat certain foods.
If you have lost all your teeth, unsecured, traditional dentures are a solution which in many cases has limited success. At times, painful, inconvenient and unstable, such dentures can make chewing foods difficult, which could stop you from eating many of the foods you once enjoyed. However, modern dentistry has solutions to suit a variety of needs. The TeethXpress treatment option is one such solution.
The TeethXpress treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by only four dental implants. With fewer implants needed, overall treatment time is reduced. The unique All-on-4 solution also ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume.
Typically, your dentist can place temporary provisional teeth on the same day after treatment. These provisional teeth look and feel much like natural teeth, and you can lead a normal life immediately after surgery. After approximately six months of healing time, your dentist will place your final bridge.
Your quality of life will improve, and you can start enjoying your favorite foods and activities again without the fear of loose or unsightly teeth.
After a dental implant procedure, proper recovery is critical. As a resource for our patients, we created this page as a guide. We encourage you to call our office if you have any questions or concerns.
Welcome to the exciting world of dental implants! You can enjoy the benefits of your new teeth for many years to come if you take care of them properly. Now that your surgical treatment phase is complete and the implant has been placed, you are the most important member of the implant team, because you are the one to assure successful dental implants recovery.
Dental implants must be conscientiously cared for to remain functional and require some special attention and treatment. While implants are immune to decay, they aren’t to gum disease. We will present recommended methods for cleaning and maintaining your implants and outline an essential plan for thorough oral hygiene.
Basic hygiene is the best hygiene. Brushing and flossing consistently after each meal are very effective in controlling plaque accumulation. Use a toothbrush with soft polished bristles and toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. Regular flossing, with standard dental floss or special floss like Super Floss, is an essential step in maintaining good oral hygiene. Floss that is thickened, like Super Floss, is more effective in cleaning and polishing the implant posts and appliance. It is important to floss all sides of the implant posts and in-between the teeth areas.
Implant maintenance is a commitment. Inconsistent maintenance can, over time, lead to serious complications, as is often the case with natural teeth. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, there are special tools that will help you care for your implants. Special brushing devices like the plastic-coated proxabrush or an automated toothbrush will complement regular brushing. Special mouth rinses can also help control bacteria.
The plastic-coated proxabrush is specially designed to clean narrow spaces your regular toothbrush can’t reach. It is shaped to allow the bristles to slip between your appliance and the gum line, cleaning the exposed implant post, the underside of the appliance, and stimulating the gum tissues.
Another way to control the level of plaque is by using antibacterial mouth rinses like Listerine. Dip a proxabrush or a Q-tip into a small cup of the rinse and apply directly to the implant surface and surrounding tissues. You may also use the mouthwash as a rinse after brushing and flossing. Consult our hygienists for the best regimen for your individual case.
Always be gentle with your implants. Though made of metal, implants can be scratched, which then provides a breeding ground for bacteria. Use only brushes with rounded and flexible bristles or plastic, wood or rubber stimulators. Never use any metal instruments on your implants. You do not need to use extra force when brushing your implants. Excessive force may scratch the implant post or irritate the gum and surrounding tissues.
We recommend that you alternate your dental cleanings between your general dentist and our office. Most patients benefit from 4 professional cleanings a year. We will be monitoring your implants with x-rays and evaluation and guiding you to take optimum care. All the implants we use are warranted by the manufacturers for ten years, provided regular follow-up care was performed.
Remember, the success of your dental implants now depends on you. If you follow the instructions of your periodontal team, and dentist, and maintain good oral hygiene, your implants will allow you to eat, speak, laugh and smile for many, many years.