What to Expect When Getting a Dental Implant

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So you’ve decided to get a dental implant. Or perhaps you need several implants. Congratulations! Losing teeth can make you feel shameful and embarrassed, but dental implants look and feel like natural teeth-and they work just as well, sometimes even better.

Dental implants are my specialty. The transformation of my patients gives me great satisfaction. And it’s not just their smiles that transform-it’s their confidence and self-esteem. Everyone deserves to smile big and mean it. Read on to learn more about the dental implant process

Bone Grafting

Once your damaged tooth has been removed, the jaw bone at that site may begin to deteriorate. The longer you wait to get the implant, the more that bone will deteriorate and lose its strength. That’s why it’s best to get your dental implant sooner rather than later.

This happens all the time, so don’t worry-it’s never too late to get the implant that you need. Bone grafting is a common procedure, and the benefits are a strong sturdy surface in which to place your implant.

Bone grafting is a fairly simple procedure. People may find the idea a little strange at first, but it’s a natural way to stabilize the bone in order to create a stable site for the implant to sit.

First I make a small incision where the grafting is to take place, using a local anesthetic. Then I place the grafting material next to your natural bone, as well as a protective coating to stabilize the area. Lastly I suture the area. Most patients take 3-6 months to heal, and this will be monitored carefully to ensure all is going as it should. Once the healing is complete you’ll be ready for the implant.

Single Tooth Implants

If you’re replacing a single tooth the process is fairly simple. In many cases I can do same day implants. For those with severe anxiety about the procedure, I specialize in sedation dentistry. This ensures that the process will be as relaxing and stress free as possible. I’ve even had patients compare my office to a spa!

We will insert a post into your reinforced jaw bone (assuming you’ve had bone grafting), and then attach the tooth. It’s that simple. Dental implants are simpler than a bridge in some ways because it’s permanent, and it only involves fixing that blank space. If you opt for a bridge, you’re turning a single tooth issue into a three teeth issue.

Dental implants look, feel, and perform like your natural teeth. They rarely fail- they have a 99% success rate. If you’re just missing one tooth, a dental implant is a simple solution that will last you a lifetime.

Full Mouth Implants

Many of my patients have been wearing dentures for years. A lot have them come to me after being told that they were not candidates for dental implants. I enjoy the more challenging cases, and make a point in providing implants to anyone who desires them.

I have advanced training in bone grafting and bone reinforcing techniques so that I can place implants in difficult cases. Using advanced healing technologies I can make the process as painless and quick as possible. I feel that everyone deserves working set of teeth, and I’ve provided that to countless patients who had been living with dentures for years.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

You don’t have to go another day with missing teeth. It can be scary, making the decision to have dental implant surgery. Many of my patients have dental phobia, and I’m always happy to walk my patients into the office to offer support and compassion. You won’t be alone for one minute of this process.

Dental implants may be much more affordable than you think. We have financial experts standing by to help you navigate your finances towards your goal of a healthy smile.

If you’ve been told that you’re not a candidate for implants, give us a call today! We offer free consultations. I take on the most difficult cases with determination and confidence. We serve patients all over the Greater Bay Area, from the Peninsula, to Palo Alto, Los Altos, and all of the surrounding areas. I look forward to meeting you.

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