Implants, Implant Restoration, and All-on-Four
Dental implants could be the right treatment to restore your smile, whether you’re missing one, several, or all of your teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an effective tooth restoration treatment that can help restore the form and function of teeth in a wide range of situations. They’re suitable for patients missing one, several, or all of their teeth.
The dental implant itself is a titanium post embedded in the jawbone. It provides a solid foundation for replacement teeth, much like a natural tooth’s roots support it.
Titanium is used for its strength and biocompatibility. The metal doesn’t deteriorate or corrode over time, making it a great choice for a permanent replacement. Additionally, the titanium is naturally integrated into the jawbone, providing an incredibly strong foundation.
Dental implantation is a surgical procedure that can require significant preparation. When you reach out to Crestpointe Dental to determine whether implants are right for you, we will conduct a thorough evaluation. This evaluation could reveal that your jawbone isn’t thick or deep enough to sustain the implant.
In this case, an additional bone graft procedure may be necessary. This attaches bone taken from another area to the jawbone. The grafted bone integrates into the jawbone over several months, at which point the implant surgery can go forward if the graft is successful.
Your dental implant will provide a solid foundation for various tooth restoration options. Dental implants can be used for both crowns and bridges. These restorations are often used when the roots of a natural tooth can be saved and serve as the base. Dental implants make these restorations possible when a natural tooth can’t serve as a base.
The crown or bridge attached to your dental implant is custom-made by a specialty lab to match the look and feel of your natural teeth. Not only will your natural eating and speaking abilities be restored, but you’ll also have a fantastic and complete smile.
How Long Do Implants Last?
The titanium dental implants are permanent and expected to last your entire lifetime. However, the dental crowns or bridges attached to the dental implants aren’t quite as permanent. With the high-quality materials used at Crestpointe Dental, crowns and bridges can last between 20 and 30 years.
If a crown or bridge reaches a point where it needs to be replaced due to wear or accidental damage, it can be removed, and the dental implant can still serve as a base for a replacement.
All-on-Four is a dental implant treatment that provides a permanent solution for replacing an entire mouth of teeth. It provides a great alternative to removable dentures, addressing many common issues by providing a replacement that doesn’t move around or cause discomfort and pain.
All-on-Four treatment refers to the placement of four dental implants for each arch of teeth (eight in total) for a full replacement. The four implants provide a solid foundation for an entire arch of replacement teeth. In this way, All-on-Four is very similar to permanent dentures.
This treatment can restore your ability to eat and speak naturally and prevent long-term bone deterioration common in patients with many or all missing teeth, even if they use removable dentures. These benefits far outweigh the cost of implants, which your insurance may cover.
Find Out If Dental Implants Are Right for You
If you have missing or damaged teeth, contact Crestpointe Dental to schedule a consultation with Dr. Crescencia Tejero-Ugay to explore your options. We provide a wide range of restorative dentistry options, and implants in Santa Clara could be just what you need to restore your smile.