Advanced Dental Implants in Temecula, CA
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the greatest dental scientific advances of our time. These implants are tiny titanium rods that are inserted into the upper and lower jaw to serve as the stable platform for dental crowns (caps). They are now a popular and well-accepted treatment to replace single or multiple missing teeth.
Here at Temecula Facial Oral Surgery, you can schedule a free implant consultation with Doctor Tsvetov. He is a qualified and experienced dental implants specialist. He will introduce you to this procedure, perform a dental examination, and discuss your treatment options.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Implant technology has evolved to such an extent that there is no better option to replace a missing tooth or teeth. If you decide to get dental implants in Temecula, CA, you can expect the following benefits:
- The long-term success of dental implants is above 95%, which is a lot higher than dental bridges or root canal treatments.
- If a patient chooses to do a bridge to replace a single missing tooth, he or she are effectively turning a “one tooth problem” into a “three teeth problem”. A dental bridge not only requires removing perfectly healthy tooth structure from adjacent teeth, but also places the adjacent teeth in a disadvantageous position. These adjacent teeth are a lot weaker now–having had tooth structure removed and now being asked to support more weight (to cover for the missing tooth). In addition, these teeth are a lot more challenging to clean, since you can’t floss them between them. This leads to decay at the margins of the bridge, and all of a sudden, you are now looking at 3 teeth that need to be replaced as opposed to one. More information on the advantages of dental implant over a bridge please find here.
- Dental implants can be placed easily into the patients’ mouths, and the crown can often be placed onto the implant in about 3 months.
- Since dental implants are fused with the jawbone, they don’t slip, shift, or move as you eat.
- Dental implants stimulate the jawbone tissue which prevents its degeneration and deterioration. In other words, once a dental implant is placed, the bone is maintained around the implant since the patient is actively using the implant to chew. This is different from a situation where a tooth is removed and not replaced with an implant–the bone, in that case, is not maintained, since the patient is not applying chewing forces to that area of the bone. This leads to bone loss, which can greatly complicate subsequent implant placement.
- 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 and is given adequate time to heal (typically three months), 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.
- Dental implants can improve patients’ quality of life since they enable them to feel more confident about themselves and have fully functional teeth.
- Another unique feature of dental implants is that they can also be used to support a conventional denture. This is especially true for those patients who are having a lot of trouble keeping their full lower denture from moving all over the place in the mouth. As few as two dental implants, strategically placed in the lower jaw, can greatly improve denture retention and increase chewing efficiency by as much as 30%.
How do dental implants support conventional denture?
The longer the patient wears the denture, the more the jawbone gets resorbed or melts away. This is a natural process, due to the fact that the jawbone that does not support the natural teeth, tends to atrophy and melt away. As the bone melts away, there is a 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 jawbone, improving the function, esthetic appearance, and overall patient’s quality of life.
Temecula residents who are dealing with unstable upper or lower dentures are able to get dental implants at Temecula Facial Oral Surgery to help make their denture more retentive and functional. By using advanced technology such as CT scans, Itero digital impressions, L-PRF, etc., we are able to insert dental implants with precision and ensure an effective and functional clinical outcome.
Why dental implants are necessary
When a patient loses a tooth, the jawbone tissue receives no chewing stimulation. This leads to bone “melting away” since the body no longer considers it important to maintain that area of the jaw bone. This degradation can result in changes to the patient’s facial profile, especially if they are missing several teeth. In addition, it greatly complicates subsequent placement of dental implants. If the bone has melted away, there is nothing to anchor the implants into.
In this case, the bone first needs to be extensively reconstructed (grafted) before the dental implants can be placed and facial appearance and chewing functionality can be restored. This increases the length of treatment, recovery time, as well as the cost quite substantially. It is a lot better and easier to replace a missing tooth shortly after it has been lost while still being able to take advantage of the bone that has not melted away.
Our trusted dental implants specialist near your area helps solve this problem by using dental implants as an effective replacement of the tooth root and crown. After we implant small titanium posts into the jaw, they fill the void left behind by the old tooth. During the healing process, the posts bond to the bone securely in place and we can then attach the replacement cap onto the titanium post.
Then, our dental implants can stimulate the jawbone just like the original tooth as the patient bites and chews their food. This way, we help our patients in Temecula maintain good dental health and prevent the deterioration and degradation of their teeth and jawbone.
Additional considerations before your dental implant procedure in Temecula, CA
Dental implants aren’t a solution for rebuilding bone if a patient has already suffered severe jawbone deterioration. While dental implants are great at preserving tissue, they won’t stimulate the jawbone enough to fill back out. To achieve that, patients may be better suited for a bone grafting procedure before they have their implants done.
Therefore, our dental implants specialist will carefully examine you during your initial consultation. Dr Tsvetov will determine what kind of treatment will provide you with optimal health benefits. If necessary, we will suggest additional treatment options.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants function similarly to the roots of teeth, in that they attach to the jawbone and give stability and retention to the dental crown – the functional part of the tooth needed for chewing. Titanium in dental implants merges with the bone, which keeps it firmly in place.
What we can do for you
As one of Temecula’s leading dental implants specialists, Doctor Tsvetov offers dependable treatment that maximizes potential benefits. We can determine whether you can benefit from the placement of one or more dental implants to replace your missing teeth. Through a careful procedure, he will ensure that your dental implants look and function like natural teeth.
Schedule a free implant consultation that entails:
- Free X-rays &Cone Beam Scan
- Teeth examination
- Consultation regarding your clinical situation
- A review of your dental implant treatment options
- A discussion of any questions or concerns you may have
- A review of your medical history & any medication treatment
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