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Dental Implants in Grover Beach, CA

 

What are they?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that replaces a missing natural tooth in the jaw.
Then, a restoration such as a porcelain crown, dental bridge, or denture can be fitted on top.

Why Implants?

You may choose dental implants if you:

  • Hide your smile because you have missing teeth.

  • Wear dentures that are uncomfortable.

  • Are dissatisfied with your removable partial dentures.

  • Want to keep your other teeth intact.

 Crown

 Abutment

 Implant

 

Cosmetic & Restorative Uses

Replaces a single tooth

  • A crown is attached to its own implant.

Replace multiple teeth

  • Each missing tooth is replaced by a crown attached to its own implant. 

  • One or all teeth can be replaced with single implants, if the patient qualifies or is candidate for implants.

  • Another option could be using a fixed bridge supported on two or three implants to replace two or more missing teeth.

Replace all teeth - Fixed Option

  • A fixed prosthesis is securely attached to two, four or six implants.

  • It is a permanent prosthesis and removable only by the dentist.  

Replace all teeth - Removable Option

  • A removable overdenture is attached to several implants to give stability.

  • The denture won't slip or shift in the mouth.

  • An overdenture is attached to the implants using a ball in socket system or locators.      

  • It is a removable prosthesis that patient removes to clean and sleep.

One missing tooth is replaced by a crown attached to its own implant

Each missing tooth is replaced by a crown attached to its own implant

Multiple missing teeth are replaced using a fixed bridge supported on two Implants in this case.

Removable overdenture  anchored on Implants to keep the denture in place and provide function and comfort.

Fixed full-arch  prosthesis anchored to 4 implants. This  is a cost-efficient solution to replace all missing teeth.

A fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is an excellent  permanent solution to replace all missing teeth.

 

Benefits

Look & feel much like natural teeth

  • Improve appearance

  • Improve speech

  • Restore lost chewing ability

  • No more dentures that slip or shift in your mouth

  • No having to remove a denture or a partial at night

  • Give self-esteem back to patients who are missing teeth

Preserve facial structure and jawbone and keeps it healthly

  • Prevent the bone loss that will occur when a tooth is lost

  • Stimulates the jawbone when you chew

Nearby teeth remain intact

  • Contrary to what happens with a fixed bridge, neighboring teeth do not have to be involved in the placement procedure.

Good value

  • Implants can last a lifetime with good care.

Before

After placement of crown attached to Implant

 

The Surgical Procedures

Implant treatment usually involves three basic steps:

Placement of the Implant

  • The dentist surgically places the implant within the jawbone.

  • It may be possible to place a temporary restoration on the same day.

Healing Process

  • The patient's bone starts growing around the implant and hold the implant in place. 

  • The process time varies, usually 3 to 6 months.

Placement of the Prosthesis

  • A custom-made permanent crown, bridge or denture is attached to the implant post.               

Xrays showing Implants

Implants look & feel much like natural teeth