Dental Implants in Redwood City, CA

Dental Implants - Redwood City, CA

A healthy cavity is about keeping every tooth in shape and intact. Even if one tooth goes missing, the dent caused in the mouth is immeasurable. Having a missing tooth can affect the functionality, health, and the esthetics of the oral cavity. They can make a person feel weaker and look older by causing the facial skin to sag. There are many prosthodontic appliances developed for missing teeth which is placed in the oral cavities of millions of patients, energizing them with healthy teeth structure.

Dental implants have marvelously worked for the good oral health of our patients in Redwood City, CA. They have filled the gaps formed by missing tooth and brought more life to the oral cavity. The tooth replacement appliance is designed to function just like a natural tooth, providing the same sensation in every bite. Our dentist has proven experience in placing dental implants and we perform the surgeries with a lot of care. The success of our surgeries is reflected in many of our patients who are delightful owners of healthy smiles today.

How does dental implant work?

Dental implants are basically metal roots which can be inserted into the jaw bone in place of missing teeth. They carry an abutment over which the dental crown is placed. The implanted metal forms a strong bond with the tissues of the jaw bone. This gives the artificial tooth a functional connection with the mouth. This is the reason why patients get the similar sensation of biting and chewing with dental implants as it is with a natural tooth.

Dental implants – Requirements and Procedure

Placement of dental implants requires surgery to be performed. The jawbone should be adequate to hold the implant. Apart from this criterion, to perform the surgery, the dentist considers other health factors related to the heart and medical conditions such as uncontrollable variation in blood pressure or diabetes. The entire process takes place in a number of steps and the patient has to visit the dentist multiple times before the dental implants are fixed in the oral cavity.

Initially, patients are examined to check their dental health and see if they are suitable for the dental implant procedure. Medical conditions and other oral conditions are considered during the process. Dentist explains all the treatment options before going ahead with the procedure. After receiving the approval from the patient, a treatment plan is framed.

Dentist places the implant in the jaw bone. The implant may or may not have an abutment. The implant is left to heal in the jaw bone. Osseointegration takes place wherein the implant connects with bone tissues and forms a strong bond. The crown is placed over the abutment. This artificial tooth functions as well as a natural tooth.

Thanks to the process of Osseointegration, the implants form a perfect replacement for natural root. This is the reason why dental implants are considered one of the best tooth restoration techniques in dentistry.

Full Arch Replacement

ALL TEETH MISSING

Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants

When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution.

Before dental implants, there were no fixed solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and high esthetic solution.

  • Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
  • A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss

Treatment:

The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. But all in all, 8-10 visits should be enough to have a fixed bridge installed. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.

COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

1: Before the procedure

The dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares both himself and the patient for the coming treatment procedure.

2: Installing the implants

The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.

3: Attaching the bridge

The final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.

4: End result

Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural – both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.

ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE

An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.

Removable, implant anchored overdenture

A removable full denture that is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more implants in the front part of the jaw.

The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge – although the end result can’t be compared.

Removable full denture

A denture that is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth. This alternative has no real advantages – except for its low price and easy installation.

The disadvantages are many: discomfort in eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.

SEVERAL TEETH MISSING

Benefits with fixed bridge on implants:

In this case, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative. Traditional dentures can’t offer the same stability or function.

Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.

  • The only fixed alternative in this situation.
  • A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
  • Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss

Treatment:

After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.

COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE FIXED BRIDGE– STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

1: Before the procedure

Three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.

2: Installing the implant

First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving the dentist.

3: Attaching the bridge

The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-2 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the esthetical demands.

4: End result

The new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.

ALTERNATIVES TO FIXED BRIDGE

Removable partial denture

This alternative is often perceived as uncomfortable and a bit complicated to use. Function can’t be compared to that of a bridge. This denture is made of plastic and metal, which affects its look. It is quite expensive to fabricate due to its many parts. However, the installation process is simple, and natural teeth are spared.

SINGLE TOOTH MISSING

Benefits of an all-ceramic crown on implant:

When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

In this case, a so-called one-piece implant is used. This means that all components are installed as a single unit, resulting in immediately full functioning teeth, shorter treatment time and minimized pain.

  • Immediately functioning teeth
  • Excellent esthetic result
  • Life long, stable solution

Treatment:

This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.

COURSE OF TREATMENT

INSTALLING THE NEW TOOTH – STEP-BY-STEP

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

1: Before the procedure

The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.

2: Installing the implant

The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function like normal almost immediately. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.

3: Attaching the new crown

The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.

4: End result

You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and healthy.

ALTERNATIVES TO AN ALL-CERAMIC CROWN ON IMPLANT

Tooth-supported fixed bridge

A traditional bridge involves grinding down adjacent teeth to support the bridge. It is a stable solution with good esthetics and function that is fairly easy to install. However, this alternative has two main disadvantages: continuous bone restoration in the edentulous area, and sacrificing healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.

Removable partial denture

This is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth. It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both function and comfort. A removable partial denture is made of plastic – a material that can’t create the same esthetic result as a ceramic crown. The benefits are few but do exist: adjacent teeth aren’t affected. It is easily and quickly installed and relatively inexpensive.

Resin-bonded bridge

This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic, it gives a high esthetic result. Moreover, natural healthy teeth aren’t affected. But it is not very permanent. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come off – probably after just a couple of years – and will then have to be reinstalled.

Our Address

PRIMA DENTAL
1690 Woodside Rd #118,
Redwood City, CA 94061

650-365-1400

650-363-7799

Office Hours

Monday 7:30 AM 4:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM 4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM 4:30 PM
Saturday By appointment
Sunday Closed
primadental, 1690 Woodside , Redwood , CA 94061
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