If you are living with a failing or missing tooth, you understand the toll it takes on your confidence and your daily life. Eating and chewing properly becomes a challenge and might even be painful. Smiling or talking with other people may feel embarrassing because of how your teeth look, which can diminish your confidence and self-esteem.
The good news is that dental implants in San Ramon, CA offer a solution that restores your smile, while also protecting your oral health. Plus, our very own Dr. Rashpal Deol can conveniently perform every step of the dental implant treatment right here in our office. Contact Oak Ridge Dental today to learn more about dental implants – the modern solution for missing teeth!
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is usually made from titanium and topped with a dental crown, bridge, or denture – depending on how many teeth a patient has lost. A metal abutment fixture connects these two pieces. Together, the three parts of a dental implant create a solution that looks and feels much more lifelike than any other tooth loss treatment currently available.
Because dental implants are secured in your jawbone, you can trust that they’ll remain in place without the need for messy adhesives. They’re also designed to last for years, if not decades, to come. This is why Dr. Deol (and, in fact, the majority of dentists worldwide) consider dental implants the gold standard of tooth replacement.
Replacing teeth with dental implants requires a longer process than doing so with dental bridges or dentures. However, the unmatched longevity and reliability they provide makes them worth waiting for! Plus, Dr. Deol can handle every step of the dental implant process in-house. Many dentists have to refer their patients to specialists for the surgical aspects of the treatment, but Dr. Deol has undergone the advanced training required to perform it himself. While the exact process varies a bit between patients, you can expect these four basic steps: the initial consultation, dental implant surgery, osseointegration, and the delivery of your restorations. Read on to learn more about how dental implants work in San Ramon.
First, Dr. Deol will review your oral health and medical history to see if dental implants are right for you. If necessary, he may recommend preliminary treatments like gum disease therapy, tooth extraction, or bone grafting in order to help you become a candidate. Once your mouth is ready for implants, we’ll be able to create a custom treatment plan based on your specific needs. This plan will include information like treatment time and cost.
Dr. Deol is a trained implant dentist in San Ramon who provides treatments for the entire process at Oak Ridge Dental. This is not only more convenient, but you’ll also enjoy peace of mind by seeing an expert who already knows your mouth. Dr. Deol will ensure that your mouth is numb before making a small incision in the gums to access the bone. Next, He will create a tiny hole in the jawbone for the placement of the dental implant. Once it’s placed, he will close the gums and place a protective cap on the implant.
After your surgery, you’ll begin a healing period called osseointegration. Dental implants in San Ramon are made of biocompatible material that fuses to the jawbone, allowing them to become a permanent part of the smile. This process takes between 3 to 6 months. While it may seem like a long time, osseointegration is exactly what allows dental implants to look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, giving you a wide range of benefits. Once the implant is fully healed, there will be an additional minor procedure where Dr. Deol places an abutment (small connector).
During the last few weeks of healing, we will take impressions of your mouth to create your final restorations. You’ll return to our office for one last appointment, and we’ll place your crown, bridge, or denture depending on the number of teeth that you’re missing. Lastly, Dr. Deol will check that your bite looks and feels natural. Once we ensure that you’re satisfied with your smile, all that’s left to do is to walk out of our office with a beautiful, strong, and healthy set of teeth.
Every year, over 500,000 people choose dental implants, making them one of the most popular ways to replace teeth. Unlike any other option, their surgical placement in the jaw offers a variety of unique health and lifestyle advantages. They are the only truly comprehensive solution, replacing your teeth from the roots up. Read on to learn more about the amazing benefits of dental implants in San Ramon.
Dental implants are capable of restoring a single missing tooth or multiple teeth that have been lost. Here are the different types of dental implants:
For single tooth replacement, your restoration is a customized porcelain crown. Dr. Deol will create your crown so it blends flawlessly with your surrounding teeth.
For patients missing multiple teeth, dental implants can anchor a bridge, or support a partial denture. Bridges are ideal for replacing multiple adjacent teeth, while a partial can fill in spaces with prosthetic teeth attached to a custom appliance.
An implant denture is ideal for restoring an entire arch of failing or missing teeth, while providing a more secure fit than traditional removable dentures. A denture is an acrylic appliance created to replace all of your teeth with a natural looking prosthetic. Four to eight dental implants that are strategically placed can support a denture designed to “snap” into them.
Implant dentures provide better longevity for denture wearers since they help preserve the integrity of the jawbone.
The All-on-4/All-on-6 procedure can be used to replace an entire row of teeth with an implant denture in just one efficient appointment. The procedure is designed to maximize a patient’s jawbone density so they can receive the implants and prosthetic without having to undergo a bone graft first. The implants are positioned where the bone is naturally thickest (toward the very front and very back), and once they are in place, the denture is snapped directly onto them.
Because each patient’s needs are unique, the price for dental implants varies greatly. Cost is determined based on the complexity of your case and what type of restoration you require. The best way to determine what the exact cost of your implant procedure will be is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Deol so he can evaluate your specific needs.
There are two types of dental implants that Dr. Deol may recommend. The most common is called endosteal dental implants. These use a post that is similar to a screw that is placed into your jawbone where it will integrate with your bone and replace your root. After a healing period of several months, an abutment is used to attach a crown to your implant for single tooth replacement.
Subperiosteal dental implants utilize a framework that is placed on top of your bone instead of into it. This option is typically offered to patients who don’t have enough healthy bone structure to support an endosteal dental implant.
When utilizing a standard endosteal dental implant, the first step is to place it into your jawbone. While this sounds like major surgery, it is actually a simple surgical procedure that most patients find to be more comfortable than a tooth extraction.
Next, your bone is given time to heal and integrate fully with your implant. Because it’s made of titanium, it can do this naturally as titanium is a biocompatible material. It may take anywhere from three to six months for your implant to fully fuse with your bone.
Finally, when the healing process is completed, you will have your restoration permanently placed. This might be a porcelain crown for a single tooth replacement, or a dental bridge or denture for replacing multiple teeth.
While the price of dental implants is typically higher than the cost of other tooth replacement options, it is important to look at the benefits that dental implants offer that other choices cannot.
Keeping these facts in mind, it seems that in many cases, dental implants may be more cost-effective in the long run.
Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans are not covering the cost of dental implants at this time. However, every plan is different, and you may be able to receive some benefit for the restoration for your implant, which would be your crown, bridge, or denture.
If you have questions about your specific benefits, contact our treatment coordinator. Dr. Deol would be happy to discuss dental implants and how they may benefit your unique situation. Contact Oak Ridge Dental today to learn more.
Picking a tooth replacement option is a big decision, and you want to be fully informed about dental implants before deciding to move forward. At Oak Ridge Dental, we understand and want to make it easier for you. We welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Deol to discuss your options and any questions you may have about dental implants. However, in the meantime, here are some common questions about dental implants and our dental office that can help you feel more confident about your tooth replacement choice.
As with any dental restoration, the lifespan of dental implants greatly depends on how well you maintain them. Luckily, caring for your dental implants is exactly the same as caring for natural teeth. By brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings, you can ensure the longevity of your implants. With proper care, they can last for 30 years or even longer!
At Oak Ridge Dental, we invest in technology that helps us deliver better treatment for our patients. Placing dental implants requires accurate planning in advance to be successful and prevent damage to nerves in your jaw. That’s why we have a cone beam CT scanner right here in our dental office. This technology creates a 3D image of your mouth, jawbone, teeth, neural pathways, and blood vessels. From this image, Dr. Deol can perform dental implant placement, among other treatments, with more precision and effectiveness.
Before coming to San Ramon, Dr. Rashpal Deol practiced dentistry in India where he was also an associate professor of dentistry. Now, Dr. Deol is in the process of completing a Master of Science degree in orofacial pain and oral medicine at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, State of California Dental Association, and the Contra Costa Dental Society, and he shares his knowledge and training with others as a mentor at CEREC Doctors, the largest organization in the world that teaches CAD/CAM dentistry.
Absolutely. Because dental implants replace teeth from the root up, they are firmly surrounded and supported by your jawbone. As a result, they have all the strength of natural teeth, giving you the freedom to enjoy your favorite foods. Now you should avoid eating certain foods that could damage your dental crown, such as popcorn kernels, but your dental implants can withstand any normal wear and tear you subject them to.
They certainly can! With dentures, you can have those awkward moments when your teeth slip or come loose. However, when you attach your dentures to strategically placed implants, you can enjoy more security and strength, giving you more confidence. Plus, dental implants can help you maintain your facial structure in the long term. Dental implants stimulate growth in the jawbone much like the roots of natural teeth. This stimulation keeps your jawbone strong and healthy and helps you avoid the sunken, older look that can happen as a result of tooth loss.
Your dental implants have the potential to last for the rest of your life with proper care! That means it’s up to you to maintain the health of your tooth replacements. Your implants may fail or need to be replaced if they are not protected. That’s why we’ve included some pro tips for dental implant care in San Ramon so you can enjoy your newly rebuilt smile for decades to come.
While dental implants can’t get cavities, it’s still vital to maintain a good oral healthcare routine. One of the more common reasons for implant failure is gum disease, which can be avoided with regular brushing and flossing. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Angle the brush at 45-degrees for the most thorough cleaning and make sure that each session lasts two minutes. For an extra layer of protection, you can use a nonalcoholic mouthwash.
When it comes to caring for your dental implants in San Ramon, what you consume matters! Dental implants allow you to eat a wide variety of foods, however it’s important to avoid overindulging in hard, sticky, or sugary foods. These items can be problematic, leading to potential failure. Instead, eat foods with calcium and vitamin C to keep your jawbone healthy and strong. These healthier foods also maintain the wellbeing of your gums.
Dental implants can last for over 30 years with proper care, but bad habits can lead to their damage or failure. Smoking and/or using tobacco slows healing and also increases the risk of infection. Additionally, do not chew on ice cubes or any non-food items because they could break your implants. Do not use your teeth for anything other than chewing and speaking – opening packages or bottles with your dental implants will quickly increase your chance of failure.
Dental implants are designed to be incredibly durable, however they are not indestructible. If you participate in sports or physical activity, it’s vital that you wear a mouthguard to protect your dental implants and your smile. Trauma, whether expected or not, can lead to implant failure without proper protection. Additionally, if you suffer from bruxism, we recommend wearing a nightguard. This prevents unnecessary pressure and damage that can occur from teeth grinding.
Routine checkups are important for patients without implants, however they take on a new meeting after getting this tooth replacement. These appointments allow our implant dentist in San Ramon to catch any issues early on before they get more severe. For example, a loose implant can often be fixed instead of completely replaced if it’s addressed swiftly. By seeing us every 6 months, you can save your self time and money on potential treatments by proactively caring for your implants.
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