More than 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth or considering dental implants, including All-on-4® dental implants. At San Jose Oral Surgery and Implantology, in San Jose, California, Sumit Nijhawan, DDS, MD, provides a wide range of dental implant options ranging from single dental implants to full mouth restorations using either individual implants or All-on-4 implants. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement artificial tooth roots that fuse directly with your jawbone. Because the small titanium post is secured into your jawbone, it acts as a sturdy base for a few dental prosthetics such as crowns and even dentures. They are used to replace missing teeth and go directly into the empty socket left from your tooth loss.
What are All-on-4 dental implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are sometimes referred to as hybrid dentures. They consist of a full arch of artificial teeth that are secured to your jaw with just four implanted posts. While the process for getting individual dental implants can take several months, in many cases, Dr. Nijhawan can place your All-on-4 dental implants in a single day.
What is the process for getting dental implants?
If you’re planning on getting dental implants, you’ll need a few appointments at San Jose Oral Surgery. At your first visit, your oral surgeon will take scans and X-rays of your mouth. It’s important to make sure you have enough jawbone strength and density to support the implant. Luckily, even if your bone isn’t strong enough, the San Oral Surgery team & Implantology can perform a bone graft procedure to help strengthen your jawbone.
At your next visit, your provider implants the titanium rod into your jawbone and stitches your gums up around it. The process isn’t painful as you’ll be under local anesthetic and sedation is offered if you choose. It takes three to six months for your new implant to fully fuse to your jawbone.
When your implant is fully secured, you’ll return to the office so your surgeon can attach the abutment and prepare your jaw for your crown or dentures.
Why should I choose dental implants?
There are several reasons to choose dental implants over other dental prosthetics or leaving an empty space where your tooth used to be. Some of these include:
- Your crown or dentures won’t slip in your mouth
- Better speech
- Greater chewing ability
- They last a lifetime
- Care for them just like your natural teeth
- Prevents bone loss