Dental Implants and Oral Surgery

Oral Surgeon Dr. Tsvetov — Temecula, Murrieta, Perris CA

Dental implants are truly one of the greatest dental scientific advances of our time. Implants are tiny titanium rods which are inserted into the upper and lower jaw to serve as the stable platform for dental crowns (caps). They function similarly to the roots of teeth, in that they attach to the jaw bone and give stability and retention to the dental crown—the functional part of the tooth needed for chewing.

Implant technology today has evolved to such an extent that there is literally no better option to replace the missing tooth or teeth. The only thing better than implants is natural teeth. The long-term success of dental implants is above 95%, which is a lot higher than dental bridges or root canal treatments.

Compared to conventional restorative options available today, implants are definitely the most conservative and beneficial treatment modality out there. Imagine for example the following situation: A patient looses a tooth due to decay or tooth fracture. Traditionally, the only treatment option available to this patient would be to either put in a three-unit bridge, which would involve cutting down adjacent teeth in preparation for the bridge insertion, or to get a “flipper” or a small denture replacing that one tooth. Either one of these two options is not optimal when one realizes that there is no need to cut down healthy, vital teeth which are not causing the patient any pain. Also there is no need for a denture which can be bulky, is easily displaced, and not exactly most comfortable to wear.

Dental implants can be placed easily into the patients’ mouth, and the crown can often be placed onto the implant very shortly thereafter. The procedure can be done with local anesthesia or, if the patient is especially anxious about the procedure, can be done with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Once the implant is placed by an oral surgeon, the dental impression is taken and sent to the lab, where a laboratory technician can begin the manufacture of the dental crown or cap. Once the crown is delivered to the patient, the tooth looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.

Another unique feature of dental implants is that they can also be used to support a conventional denture. The longer the patient wears the denture, the more the jaw bone gets resorbed, or melts away. This is a natural process, due to the fact that the jaw bone that does not support the natural teeth, tends to atrophy and melt away. As the bone melts away, there is less and less stable base for the denture to attach to. As a result, the denture becomes wobbly and is not comfortable to wear or chew with. Dental implants, when placed in an appropriate functional position, can serve to “anchor down” the denture to the overlying jaw bone, improving the function, esthetic appearance, and overall patient’s quality of life. The downside, of course, is the fact that these are still “removable” teeth, meaning that even though they are more stable in the mouth than traditional dentures, they still have to be taken out every night to be cleaned.

The newest advancement in the field of Dental Implantology is the invention of technique to replace failing or missing teeth often in as little as a day. So ask yourself these questions: Are you suffering with teeth that are failing? Are you tired of the daily challenges and repeat expenses associated with removable dentures? Do you dream of being able to eat a normal diet and smile in family photos? If you said yes to any of these questions, then the Bar Attachment Denture® dental implant procedure may very well be the answer for you!

The Bar Attachment Denture treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full fixed, non-removable dental bridge supported by only four dental implants. These are not dentures—they stay in your mouth the whole time, and look and function like natural teeth. More importantly, the procedure can be completed in just one day, including any teeth extractions that you may need, placement of dental implants, and attachment of a dental bridge to replace your teeth.

We offer All-on-4® consultation which includes:

  • A full review of your medical history and any medications you may be taken
  • Discussing your clinical situation with a doctor
  • Examination of your mouth
  • Free Xrays
  • Your treatment options reviewed and explained
  • Answering of any questions you may have.

Read more about the bar atatched denture/All-on-4 from Temecula Facial Oral Surgery

Please give our office a call Temecula Facial Oral Surgery Phone Number 951-302-9100 and schedule your free dental implant consultation today!