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What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Nothing else looks, feels, or functions more like real teeth. Implants ride the line between cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry focuses on keeping the mouth, gums, and teeth functioning as best they can, while cosmetic dentistry addresses the issues which bother us when we look in the mirror.
Under sedation, we insert an implant which replaces a missing tooth root, restoring function and aesthetics in a way that can’t be matched with traditional tooth replacement options like dentures, crowns, or bridges.
When a tooth needs to be extracted, or is already missing, a titanium implant is anchored into your jawbone becoming the new root. A dental crown made in the color and shape of your choosing is secured to the top of the implant. You can eat anything you like and you don’t have to worry about it slipping out of place – no messy glues necessary!
If you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants may be your answer.
What are dental implants made of?
There are 3 primary parts that make up a dental implant.
The dental implant resembles a screw in shape and is made from surgical grade titanium. The implant is inserted into your jawbone, below the gum line and cannot be seen. Once in your jawbone, the implant essentially becomes an artificial root and will fuse with your bone. This is the foundation for your future teeth.
The abutment is a connector that connects the implant to the tooth. It’s attached to the implant above the gum line, eventually, it will be covered by the crown.
The porcelain crown is the “tooth” which attaches to the abutment, covering the abutment. Crowns are custom made so the shape and the color is perfectly fitted for your mouth.
On a 1 to 10, it was a 200. I am the happiest person. I can’t even explain how I feel, how I eat, how I smile. I just feel so good about myself.
– Glenn, Dental Implant Patient
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. Under sedation, a biocompatible, medical grade, titanium implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone underneath the gum line at the site of the missing tooth.
An abutment is secured to the implant at the gum line and a custom made, porcelain crown (tooth) is attached to the abutment. The crown covers the abutment and shows above your gum line, just like a natural tooth would.
As you heal, a process called osseointegration is taking place. Osseointegration is when the dental implant and your bone fuse together. A solid integration is the foundation for your new teeth, which can take anywhere from 4 to 6 months. You’ll be required to maintain a specific diet, (soft foods), during this time to give your implants the best chance for a sturdy and durable union.
The importance of having a tooth root is twofold: first, it acts as an anchor for your teeth. Second, it keeps your jawbone healthy. A tooth root stimulates and encourages regular bone growth. A healthy jawbone retains the structure of your face resulting in a more youthful appearance. Without a root, the opposite occurs – your jawbone will wear down over time, changing the shape of your jawline, causing the other teeth to loosen, which leaves a sunken, older countenance.
Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Most healthy adults are candidates for dental implants. What’s important is that they have a good amount of healthy bone and gum to support them.
Thanks to the All-on-4® dental implant procedure, even patients who have been without teeth for a while and whose bone is somewhat eroded can still be candidates. All-on-4® uses strategically angled implants to utilize as much existing bone as possible. Even with this method, a bone or gum graft is not uncommon for added support.
Those who may have a more difficult time being a contender for implants include long time smokers, those with diabetes, and certain other chronic diseases. However, our experienced doctors, Dr. Sean and Dr. Polena, have taken on many complex cases with great success.
Keep in mind, All Bright Dental is a full-service dental office. So when you meet with your doctor you will be presented with the best treatment options for you, whether it’s a dental implant procedure, or a combination of any of the many treatments we offer. Together we will find the best path for you to the smile you’ve always wanted.
You May Be A Candidate For Dental Implants If...
We understand your missing teeth contribute to missing out on the foods you love, social moments, and inhibit the basic human expression of smiling
We can help you.
Anyone with failing or missing teeth know these issues which affect your life on a daily basis. Dental bridges, dentures, or even partial dentures are all possible tooth replacement options, but none share the numerous advantages that you get with dental implants.
No other tooth restoration treatment looks, feels, and functions like dental implants.
A better quality of life With Dental Implants
Improved Self-Esteem With A Smile You're Proud Of
Dental implants look and feel like real teeth so you can feel comfortable in everyday situations. Speaking and smiling can be done freely and with confidence because implants are permanent and won’t slip out of place. Peace of mind is a welcome benefit to repairing your smile.
Renewed confidence will shine forth with your smile and can spill into all areas of your life: work, social, romantic, school. Look and feel great with dental implants.
Love Your New Smile Immediately
A dental implant procedure can be completed in one day. You’ll leave the day of your surgery with beautiful new teeth and can start enjoying life again!
Dental Implants Are Easy To Care For
Taking care of your implants is no different than taking care of your natural teeth. Brush, floss, use a waterpik, and rinse with mouthwash – that’s it!
Once a year, you’ll come in for a deep cleaning at which time your hygienist will professionally remove and clean your prosthesis. With the proper care, your implants are designed to last a lifetime.
They’re not just new teeth – it’s a new life.
Dental Implants Improve Your Appearance
Implants Prevent Premature Aging
Stop facial sagging and premature aging by preserving bone and preventing deterioration of your facial structure.
Severely compromised or missing teeth leave nothing in the jaw to stimulate bone growth. Our bodies can tell when there is no longer a healthy root, and as a result sends a signal that the jawbone is no longer necessary to support teeth and will erode. The titanium implant acts as an artificial tooth root, stimulating new bone growth. With plenty of healthy bone the integrity of your jawline and facial structure remains intact resulting in a more youthful appearance.
Dental Implants Look Like Real Teeth
Your new teeth are custom made for you – after all, no two mouths, teeth, or bite are the same! Implants are designed to fit in your mouth just as real teeth do. Our doctors match the color of your crowns to any remaining teeth so they blend right in. In the case of a full arch replacement, you and the doctor will decide on your ideal color together.
Look your best with dental implants.
They Function Just Like Real Teeth
Dental Implants Restore Your Ability To Chew
A great pleasure in life for many is enjoying foods and all their wonderful flavors and textures. Dental implants restore your ability to eat all your favorite foods.
Once they successfully integrate with your jawbone, implants become a permanent part of your body due to a process known as osseointegration. This fusion is the basis for a sturdy and durable foundation for your new teeth, enabling you to use them like normal.
If your teeth are missing or failing, or if you wear dentures, you’ve probably noticed impediments when speaking. Either you’re trying to hide your teeth, maybe they just hurt, or you experience the embarrassment of slipping dentures. You won’t have to worry about that with dental implants – they’re permanent, secured into place and only removeable by your dentist.
They Are Comfortable
Designed to mimic healthy teeth, dental implants are the most comfortable tooth replacement option. Small and lightweight, you’ll forget they’re even there.
Designed To Last A Lifetime
Most patients choose dental implants because they seek a permanent solution to tooth loss. Designed durable and comfortable, with the proper care and good oral hygiene habits, your dental implants can last you a lifetime. Dentures or bridges, in contrast, last 5 – 10 years.
Stop worrying about your teeth and live!
A Healthy Mouth Improves Your Overall Health
Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body
Dental implants equals a healthier mouth almost immediately. Healthier teeth, healthier gums, no more cavities or root canals. Removing diseased teeth reduce periodontal disease which is known to lead to many and more serious diseases.
Better Eating Habits
Compromised teeth may mean you’ve had to compromise on your diet and may have, over time, developed poor nutritional habits. You won’t have to compromise anymore with dental implants.
Keep Your Remaining Teeth Healthy
Dental bridges, crowns, and even partial dentures, are all tooth restoration procedures which require nearby teeth to be sacrificed. In order to place a bridge or crown your dentist has to file down your tooth, and once it’s done, it won’t grow back. Partial dentures have metal clasps that wrap around neighboring teeth which eventually wears them down.
When you have a missing tooth, over time the rest of your teeth will shift to fill the space. This causes a domino effect along the rest of your arch until all your teeth are out of alignment. An implant fills the gap keeping your remaining teeth in place.
Dental implants aren’t a procedure just done to your mouth – they’re a procedure for your whole body.
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Dental Implant Procedure
Now that you understand what a dental implant is, how it works, and it’s benefits, let’s take a look at the general steps to getting one.
What Are The Steps For A Dental Implant Procedure?
At your initial consultation we take X-rays and a CT scan. You’ll meet the doctor who performs a thorough exam. You and the doctor will discuss your dental goals and you’ll be presented with custom treatment options based on these goals and your current dental situation. Cost and financing are discussed at this appointment.
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BEFORE YOUR SURGERY
Prior to your surgery date, you will come in for your pre-op appointment. At this appointment we will take photos, bite impressions, revisit your goals, and select the color and shape of your teeth. If you didn’t receive prescriptions at your first visit, you’ll receive them today. Remember to have them filled before your dental implant surgery.
THE BIG DAY
You will be instructed to take a prescribed Halcion pill an hour before your arrival time. This helps to ensure you’re as relaxed and comfortable as possible. At check-in, we will need to meet the person who is responsible for driving you home after your procedure. Next we’ll bring you back, get you comfortable, and sedate you.
Dr. Sean has prepared for your dental implant surgery using state-of-the-art technology and virtual planning software so he already knows precisely where your implants are going for an efficient and minimally invasive procedure.
Extractions, if needed, are completed first. Next, after a small incision into the gum, Dr. Sean inserts the implant into your jawbone and then an abutment is secured to the implant. Last, your gums are sutured up and the crown is placed atop the abutment. Today you leave with your temporary, or healing, teeth. This is a very important step. Though your temporaries are nearly indistinguishable from your finals, they are not as durable. You’ll be instructed to maintain a soft food diet while you heal. Your temporary teeth cannot withstand regular food and are meant to break if you try to chew something to hard or chewy. This is intentional so that you don’t compromise your fresh implants.
The amount of time spent at the office will depend on what exactly is involved in your procedure – for one implant 1.5 to 2 hours, for an upper and lower full arch replacement could be up to 5 hours. The implant procedure doesn’t take that long, the extra time is time spent sleeping off the anesthesia.
THE DAY AFTER
You’ll return to our office the following day for your first post-op so that we can take a look at your implants and make sure everything looks good.
Over the next day or so, you can expect some tenderness, bruising, and/or swelling. This is all perfectly normal, but if you are concerned or have questions about anything don’t hesitate to give us a call.
The healing period is approximately 4-6 months. The fusion of your jawbone and the implant is hugely important because this is the foundation for your new teeth.
Think of the healing period as a test drive, like you would a car. Did you like the way they looked? Did they feel okay? Is the color precisely what you want? Is your bite comfortable and natural? During the months before you’re ready to receive your finals, you have ample opportunity to communicate with us how you want your finals to look and feel. That way, when we are ready to deliver them, they’re exactly what you want.
are dental implants safe?
Dr. Polena and Dr. Sean with All-on-4 patient
When performed by a trained and experienced professional, dental implants are a safe and predictable dental procedure.
Once you’ve decided to get dental implants, the next most important decision is, “Who is going to perform the procedure?”
Dr. Sean Mohtashami and Dr. Kostika Polena and the rest of the All Bright team are the answer.
No matter what kind of procedure you have, there is always the potential for complications. By choosing an experienced dentist and following their guidelines for post surgical care, you greatly eliminate the risk for potential negative side effects.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What are the steps for a dental implant procedure?
In general, this is what you can expect from your implant procedure.
- Consultation: meet with your doctor, have an exam, X-Rays, and CT scan done, discuss options
- Before Surgery: A pre-op appointment where we take bite impressions, give you your prescriptions, choose the color and shape of your new teeth.
- Day of Surgery: Someone will have to drive you to and from the surgery. You will have taken a Halcion and hour before arriving. You will be sedated throughout your procedure and after sleeping off the anesthesia you can go home with your responsible driver with your temporary teeth. Go home and rest the remainder of the day.
- Next Day: A post-op appointment the next day so we can take a look and make sure everything looks good.
- 4-6 months after your implant surgery, your bone and the implant(s) should be fused and ready to receive your final and permanent teeth.
Over the next few days, you can expect to feel swelling, bruising, and tenderness, minor bleeding is okay, too. Always call our office if you have any questions or concerns. (702) 220-6666
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The surgery for an implant is done in one day. However, there are other steps involved. Once you accept treatment, you will have one more visit to take bite impressions, discuss further your goals, select the color and shape of your new teeth. At your surgery, you will be fitted with your temporary teeth, “temporaries”. These will be your teeth for the duration of your healing period. After the healing period of 4-6 months, you will come back and we will deliver your final and permanent teeth.
How do I keep my implants white?
To keep your implants white you want to avoid foods and drinks that stain. Dark foods and sauces, wine, coffee, and tea are things that can stain your teeth. Realistically, most of us love these foods and drinks. So when we do indulge, wait 30 minutes then brush or if you’re in public, swishing with water is a decent way to keep the stains at bay.
Making sure your toothpaste is low-abrasive is another way to keep your dental crowns white. A toothpaste that is too abrasive will scratch off the top layers making it more susceptible to staining. Make sure you use soft bristle toothbrushes too.
Avoid these types of toothpastes:
- with baking soda
- extra whitening
- smokers toothpaste
- stain removing
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants have been gaining popularity recently, but they have been used and perfected for over 50 years.
For the majority of healthy patients, dental implants are safe and predictable. All the materials we use are biocompatible. The surgery, as with any surgery, has normal risks, though complications are uncommon.
Are you put to sleep for dental implants?
The exact nature of the procedure will determine the level of sedation. For a single implant, you can choose between sedation that will allow you to sleep or you can opt for local anesthesia. For an All-on-4® procedure we recommend deep sedation. In deep sedation, you will sleep, but can still respond to the doctor or assistants if need be. Usually, you won’t remember any of the procedure when you’re under deep sedation.
Do implants make your breath smell?
Dental implants do not make your breath smell. If you are experiencing bad breath, it’s likely caused by trapped particles of food. Sometimes brushing alone can’t rid your mouth of all the bits of food, that’s why, along with flossing, we strongly recommend the use of a waterpik which can get into areas below the gumline where food can become stuck.
How long do dental implants last?
Caring for your implants the right way can be the difference between them lasting a lifetime or not. Fortunately, caring for them is a easy as regular good oral hygiene habits. Just brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, use a water pick, and rinse with a mouthwash. That’s it.
Once a year come in for regular cleanings where we remove your hybrid for a deep cleaning.
Habits such as smoking can compromise the longevity of your implants, but with the right oral habits your implants can last a lifetime.
Are dental implants permanent?
When a patient is healthy and practices good oral hygiene habits, implants are intended to be permanent.
Are you put to sleep for dental implants?
It’s entirely up to you. For a single implant, we can sedate you if you prefer, or you can opt for local anesthesia. For All-on-4® we usually deep sedate patients. Deep sedation means you are asleep, but can respond to the doctor and assistants if they need you to. Typically, you won’t have any memory under deep sedation.
How do I take care of my dental implants after surgery?
Immediately following surgery, you want to let the area rest and heal. Absolutely no sucking – so no straws or smoking. The reason for this is because the suction can loosen blood clots that have formed. The clots are necessary to protect fresh surgical sites. Removing the blood clots can cause what is known as “dry sockets” which are not only painful, but can compromise the healing of your implants.
You will have to sustain a liquid diet for the first few days. After that you’ll need to maintain a soft food diet until your implants are healed. You can use your waterpik and brush softly during this time.
By following our post-op instructions, your healing period should be no problem.
Not only do dental implants look like real teeth, but they’re just as easy to take care of! We recommend brushing at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, use a waterpik to get in the areas a toothbrush can’t quite reach and rinse with a mouthwash.
What are the negative effects of dental implants?
When performed by an experienced doctor, like Dr. Sean, implants are considered among the safest and most predictable dental procedure.
Minimal surgery is required, but as with any surgery, complications – though uncommon – are possible. Some of which include:
- infection at the implant site
- nerve damage which can induce tingling or numbness
- your body might reject the implant
By following our post-op instructions, chances of complications is greatly minimized.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
The surgery itself is painless – you’re sedated and likely won’t even remember it. In the days following the surgery, you may experience tenderness, bruising, and swelling.
Day 3 is sometimes the most difficult for patients because it’s then that the medications that we used during surgery have left your body. You will be prescribed pain medication which should be taken per doctors’ instructions in order to best manage any possible pain.
How long do stitches last after dental implant surgery?
The stitches we use are resorbable sutures. That means, they dissolve over time in your mouth. The time it takes for this to happen is different for everyone, but in general this takes 1 to 2 weeks.
Can dental implants be replaced?
If a complication arises and the need to remove and replace a dental implant happens, it is possible to have this done. It will be up to the doctor to determine the placement.
free dental implant consultations!
Taking the first step is just picking up the phone!
At your FREE consultation, you’ll have an exam and X-rays taken. You’ll meet your implant doctor and the two of you will discuss your dental goals. The doctor will determine, from the exam and X-rays, what exactly is going on and offer treatment options and answer all questions until you’re satisfied you understand everything.
During this visit you will meet with a Care Coordinator and will further discuss treatment options and cost.
You will leave the office this day knowing exactly what needs to be done and exactly what it will cost – from the first impression we take to your final set of teeth.