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 treatment 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.
Dental implants provide a number of benefits that not only restore the function you lost, but also the aesthetics you want. This is because implants replace both your tooth and your root, which keeps your bone healthy and your neighboring teeth from shifting.
Other benefits that dental implants provide are:
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.
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