Why Are Dental Implants Needed?
Traditionally, dentures have been the go-to option when a patient is missing teeth; dentures are cost effective, they’re fairly durable, and they provide a decent amount of functionality for several years. However, there are a few major problems with dentures. Since they’re glued onto the gums with high-strength adhesive, they are prone to moving and slipping over time. This movement causes friction on the gums, and can lead to bleeding, painful inflammation, and bone deterioration in the jaw. If left untreated, this poorly-functioning dentures can even lead to soft tissue disease. Full arch dental implants, on the other hand, are permanently anchored in place with titanium posts that are fused with the jaw – this means zero movement or slipping, even after decades of use. Since they’re anchored in place, dental implants also work to preserve the structure and integrity of the jaw bone. For patients suffering from missing teeth, dental implants are by far a superior restorative option.
Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Implants
How do dental implants work?
Full arch dental implants are made of three key parts: the titanum implant post, the abutment, and the restoration. The titanium post is surgically inserted into the jaw to act as a tooth's root. Once secured in place, an abutment is attached to the implant, which serves as a connecting piece between the implant and the restoration. The restoration is a strong, natural-looking replacement arch of teeth that look and feel just like natural teeth.
Are dental implants painful?
Thanks to state-of-the-art sedation and modern dental anesthesia, dental implant surgery is largely a pain-free experience. Powerful IV sedation puts patients into a dream-like state, and most patients do not even recollect falling asleep in the dental chair. After the surgery is completed, your new implants will fit, feel, and function just like regular teeth - meaning no pain and the ability to eat all of your favorite foods.
Another dentist told me I have bone loss in the jaw. Can I still get implants?
Yes. Even with patients that have bone loss, full arch dental implants are still possible with a bone grafting procedure or alveoloplasty, which helps to build up enough bone to accept an implant. Zygomatic implants are another option for patients with limited bone, and involves inserting the implant post(s) into the zygomatic bone rather than the maxilla (jaw bone).
How much do dental implants cost?
Due to the number of variables that are present (for example any necessary tooth extractions, bone grafting procedures, etc) it is difficult to say exactly how much your dental implant procedure will cost. This is something that Dr. Dalla and our team of implant specialists will discuss with you during your initial consultation. Rest assured, however, that we work with patients of all financial backgrounds to develop a payment plant that will allow them to receive the care they need.
Can I brush and floss like normal with dental implants?
Yes! Full mouth dental implants are cared for just like your normal, natural teeth. With routine brushing and flossing, dental implants can provide decades to a lifetime of durable, reliable, every day use.
Why are dental implants considered the gold standard for missing tooth replacement?
Full mouth dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement because they provide a stunning, 100% natural-looking smile and offer decades of strength, functionality, and reliability with little to no maintenance or repair. Dental implants also support a healthy oral biome, and work to preserve the structural integrity of the jaw while restoring up to 98% of the functionality of natural, healthy teeth.
How can I get started?
The best way to get started is to call Ora Dental Implant Studio at our Elk Grove, CA, location and schedule a dental implant consultation with acclaimed implant specialist Dr. Devan Dalla. In a single office visit, Dr. Dalla will develop a unique, personalized treatment plan that will outline the steps we need to take to restore your smile and get you back on a path of brilliant, pristine oral health.