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Do you have one or more missing teeth? Do you want a fuller and more balanced smile?
Dental implants are a great restorative option that Dr. Michael Ayzin offers in his Costa Mesa, CA office. Dentistry @ Its Finest offers same day dental implants and All-on-Four dental implants to patients in the Orange County area. Dental Implants Periodontist Dr. Peter Refela can help you have a better lifestyle without having to live with missing or decaying teeth, or dentures that can shift and slip out.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants consist of titanium screws of different shapes and sizes (diameter & length) that are positioned in the jaw. After placement, they begin to fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseo-integration which usually takes three to six months. When they are healed and firmly embedded in the jaw then the restoration is placed.
Following a proper diagnostic and surgical protocol, without causing any discomfort to the patient, the titanium screw is placed in the jawbone. Upper jaw restorations are easily achieved. Artificial roots restorations have proved to have the highest rate of success compared to other options as well as being safe. They look and function just like natural teeth, and with proper care can last many years.
But why should patients replace their missing teeth, and what are the benefits of dental implants?
As per AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry) states: “Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, kissing and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth.”
Benefits of Dental Implants – Here’s what you get Orange County!
Filling the gaps left by missing teeth offers many benefits to patients. Dental implants can:
- Improve chewing ability
- Prevent facial sagging
- Reduce the risk of gum disease
- Provide durability
- Decrease the risk of slippage
- Improve speech
Dental implants may also be used to help prevent further oral health problems as a result, such as:
- Shifting Teeth
- Tooth Decay
- Bone Loss
- Misaligned Bite
- Receding Gums
- Facial Sagging
Dental implants provide a stable restoration that can last you a lifetime.
Dental Implants Procedure
Titanium Posts Installation
Permanent tooth surgery requires that either one, or multiple titanium posts, depending on the number of teeth being replaced, are inserted into the jawbone using pressure controlled drills.
Bone Grafting & Other procedures
Some may require certain preparatory procedures before artificial roots can be placed. For example, a patient without sufficient jawbone density may require a graft to create a strong base for the placement. Grafting does affect the timeline as it requires a healing period of 6 to 9 months.
The healing process usually takes about 3-6 months for bone and gums to fuse around the artificial root during osseointegration. During this recovery phase the patient will have several appointments with the dentist to assess the overall healing.
During this time, the lab will fabricate a customized restoration which can be placed upon the abutment as soon as site is completely healed. Once the new restorations are placed, the patient will have a beautiful smile that can, with proper care, last a lifetime.
Learn about the types of dental implants that Dentistry @ Its Finest offers:
Same Day Dental Implants
One or more teeth can be restored with same day dental implants. A single missing tooth can be replaced in a day, and multiple missing teeth can be replaced with removable or fixed dentures, which are supported by dental implants. Whole arches or a full mouth of missing teeth can be replaced with permanent dentures that are secured with dental implants. Learn More about Same Day Dental Implants
All-on-Four Dental Implants
All-on-Four dental implants consist of a set of titanium metal posts that are implanted into the jaw bone. After a healing period of 3 to 6 weeks, the posts are topped with implant-supported dentures. This method of receiving dental implants does not require bone grafting and provides a quick recovery time for patients. Learn more about Full Mouth Dental Implants
How long to dental implants last?
According to studies, long-term success rate of implants is over 95%.
Here is a Comparison of other tooth replacement options vs. Implants
|Tooth replacement technologies||Flipper||Dentures||Bridge||Implants|
|Longevity||1-3 years||5-7 years||7-10 years||Lifetime|
|Preservation of healthy adjacent teeth||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Transmission of force to:||adjacent teeth||adj teeth/gums||adjacent teeth||bone|
|Prevent bone loss & preserve facial appearance||No||No||No||Yes|
|Requirement for periodic adjustments||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Accelerated loss of adjacent teeth||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
Source: Premium Tooth Replacement , Deutsche Bank, January 26, 2006
Curious about pricing for Implants? Checkout Dental Implant Cost.
Dental Implants Q&A
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about dental implants below:
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Patients who do not have periodontal disease, are non-smokers or are willing to stop smoking, and have good oral hygiene are good candidates for the dental implant procedure. Although a dental graft can be constructed, an adequate amount of jaw bone is preferred in patients to make it easier for dental implants to fuse to the jaw bone.
How should I care for my dental implants after the procedure?
Use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth with gentle strokes. You can also rinse your mouth with mouthwash to remove bacteria. You should also avoid hard or sticky foods for the first few days following your dental implant procedure.
Do dental implants hurt?
Anesthetic is used during the procedure to numb the area receiving the dental implant or implants. Any discomfort that you feel following the procedure should subside within 24 to 48 hours.
Why Choose Dentistry @ Its Finest for Dental Implants Costa Mesa CA?
Take control of your oral health and improve the aesthetics of your smile. Call Dentistry @ Its Finest at 714.881.4865. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Peter Refela online here. Dr. Ayzin and his professional team offer treatment to patients in Orange County Costa Mesa area near Santa Ana, CA. We employ state of the art dental equipment with Digital X-rays, Advanced Lasers and a facility, creating a relaxing and safe environment for your appointment and surgical procedure.