Temecula Dental Implants

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What Are Dental Implants?

Side by Side Diagram of Tooth and ImplantA natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the dental implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the dental  implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dmitry Y. Tsvetov, DDS, MD performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Call Temecula Facial Oral Surgery Phone Number951-302-9100 with questions or request your FREE Dental Implant Consultation.

Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

Dental implants are truly one of the greatest dental scientific advances of our time. Dental 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 All-on-4® or  fixed, non-removable dental bridge on implants  may very well be the answer for you!

The All-on-4® treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full fixed, non-removable dental bridge supported by four to six 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 FREE 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 X-rays
  • Your treatment options reviewed and explained
  • Answering of any questions you may have.

Call Temecula Facial Oral Surgery Phone Number951-302-9100 with questions or request your FREE  All-on-4® Consultation.

Do Dental Implants Last?

These days dental implants have become a mainstay in dentistry. They are now a popular and well-accepted treatment to replace single or multiple missing teeth. With so many dental practitioners placing dental implants these days it is hard for consumers/patients to choose which doctor to go to for the treatment.

Dental Implants illustrationUnfortunately, what ends up being the decisive factor is the cost/price of the treatment.

Many patients end up calling up a bunch of places to “price shop” for a best deal on dental implants. That is absolutely fine if what one is after is paying the least amount of money for their treatment. However, here is the question that I would like to ask: Can your dental implants stand the test of time? In other words, how long will that dental implant last you? Can your doctor guarantee his/her results for a lifetime? What happens if the implant “falls out” or if the gums begin to recede around it? Will your doctor stand by his/her work and fix the problem?

These are the questions the consumers/patients often forget to ask their doctor, but I think these are very, very important questions. With current dental implant technologies available, essentially the only limiting factor that determines the long-term success of the implant is the skill and expertise of the doctor who places them.
That is where the experience and clinical knowledge of the surgeon becomes extremely important. There are “easy” implant cases and then there are “hard” implant cases. In easy cases there is plenty of bone available to place the implant, and there is plenty of healthy gum tissue to support the long-term health of the restoration. Even in this case, however, the implant must be placed in a strategic location to ensure long-term success. On the other hand, in “hard” cases there is either limited amount of bone or limited amount of soft tissue available. Can the implant still be placed? Absolutely!!! But will it last? Will the results stand the test of time? I am not so sure.

Your doctor should be able to distinguish hard from easy cases and be able to tell you what your particular situation is. Placing dental implants in compromised sites may achieve short term goals of replacing missing teeth, but what will be the situation in a couple of months or a year? How will your teeth look? Will the implant even be there?

When it comes to implants, the old saying still holds true. You get what you pay for. But you don’t get what you don’t pay for.

− Dr. Dmitry Tsvetov

Call Temecula Facial Oral Surgery Phone Number951-302-9100 with questions or request your FREE All-on-4 consultation 

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