Dental Implants

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a tooth replacement solution used by the dentist in Los Gatos, CA, to restore missing teeth. It consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone, serving as an artificial tooth root. This post is fused with the surrounding bone in osseointegration, providing a strong and durable foundation for prosthetic teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Dental implants mimic the natural tooth structure, providing stability, functionality, and aesthetics comparable to natural teeth. They prevent bone loss in the jaw, maintain facial structure, and improve chewing ability and speech clarity. Furthermore, dental implants enhance self-confidence and quality of life by restoring a complete smile and allowing individuals to eat, speak, and socialize without restrictions. Overall, dental implants are a reliable and long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring oral health and function. Orchid Dental Care

Types of Dental Implants     

Endosteal Implants     

Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implants in Los Gatos, CA, and are often considered the gold standard in implant dentistry. These implants are surgically placed directly into the jawbone, integrating with the surrounding bone tissue through osseointegration. Once fully integrated, endosteal implants provide a stable foundation for attaching artificial teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.     

Subperiosteal Implants     

Subperiosteal implants are a less common but viable alternative to endosteal implants, particularly for patients who have insufficient bone density to support traditional implants. Unlike endosteal implants that are placed directly into the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are positioned on top of the jawbone beneath the gum tissue. A metal framework is placed on the jawbone, and prosthetic teeth are attached to the framework, providing a secure and stable restoration option for patients with bone loss. Contact us today!    

Zygomatic Implants     

Zygomatic implants are specialized dental implants used in cases of significant bone loss in the upper jaw, particularly in the posterior region. Instead of anchoring into the jawbone, zygomatic implants are anchored in the zygomatic bone, also known as the cheekbone. This innovative approach uses longer implants, providing stability and support for dental prosthetics in areas where traditional implants may not be feasible.     

All-on-4 Implants     

All-on-4 implants are a popular treatment option for patients missing all or most of their teeth in one or both arches. This technique involves the placement of just four dental implants per arch, strategically positioned to maximize bone support and minimize the need for bone grafting. All-on-4 implants can provide numerous benefits, including reduced treatment time, fewer surgical procedures, and the ability to receive a complete set of fixed prosthetic teeth in just one appointment.     

Mini Implants     

Mini implants, also known as narrow-diameter or small-diameter implants, are smaller than traditional implants and are often used in cases with limited space or bone density. They are less invasive and require shorter healing times than standard implants, making them an attractive option for patients seeking a quicker and less invasive tooth replacement solution.     

The Procedure of Dental Implants

  • The process begins with a thorough initial consultation with the dentist at Orchid Dental Care. During this appointment, the patient's oral health history is reviewed, and a comprehensive examination of the teeth, gums, and jawbone is conducted to determine candidacy for dental implants.     
  • After the initial consultation, a personalized treatment plan is developed based on the patient's needs and goals. This may involve taking dental impressions, X-rays, and scans to assess the jawbone's condition and surrounding tissues.     
  • In cases where the jawbone lacks sufficient density or volume to support implants, bone grafting may be recommended. This procedure involves transplanting bone tissue from another part of the body or using synthetic bone material to augment the jawbone and create a stable foundation for the implants.     
  • Once the jawbone is deemed suitable for implant placement, the surgical procedure is scheduled. During this minor surgical procedure, titanium implant posts are precisely placed into the jawbone, acting as artificial tooth roots. The number and location of implants depend on the patient's treatment plan and the extent of tooth loss.     
  • After implant placement, a healing period is necessary for osseointegration, the process by which the surrounding bone tissue fuses with the implants as the former heals. This typically takes several months, and the implants become securely anchored in the jawbone.     
  • Once osseointegration is complete, abutments (connector pieces) are attached to the implants. These abutments protrude above the gumline and serve as attachment points for the final prosthetic teeth.     
  • Dental impressions are taken to create custom-made crowns, bridges, or dentures that will be attached to the implants. These prosthetic teeth are carefully crafted to match the size, shape, and color of the patient's natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking result.
  • Finally, the prosthetic teeth are securely attached to the abutments, restoring the patient's smile. The dentist ensures proper fit, function, and aesthetics before finalizing the treatment.     

Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor the healing process and assess the long-term success of the dental implants. Patients are also advised to maintain good oral hygiene practices and attend routine dental checkups to ensure the longevity of their implants.    

Dental implants have transformed the landscape of modern dentistry, offering a permanent and lifelike solution for replacing missing teeth. Visit Orchid Dental Care at 320 Los Gatos—Saratoga Road, Los Gatos, CA 95030, or call (408) 395-8888 to learn more about your options and take the first step towards a healthier, more confident smile! 

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