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, our oral & maxillofacial surgeons provide 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, our surgeons 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
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS PERMANENT?
Dental implants cannot strictly be called permanent but they are considered the most permanent solution for dental loss. Unlike dentures that can be taken out, dental implants stay in your mouth the whole time. Dental implants don’t move around in your mouth, they have a strong bond with your jaw bone. Dentures may sometimes need to be replaced every five to eight years, however if you look after your dental implants they could last well over 25 years.
WILL DENTAL IMPLANTS STOP BONE LOSS?
Like all cells, bone cells after time grow old and need to be replaced. In normal circumstances, natural teeth help to stimulate bone growth in the jaw. The roots of natural teeth are attached to the jaw bone and as we chew our food, the pressure exerted, passes through to the jaw and encourages new growth. However, when you are missing a tooth or teeth, the jaw bone can weaken in that area. Dental implants can help in this regard and this is one of the main reasons why dental implants are considered the best option in replacing teeth. The titanium posts exert the needed pressure on your jaw to stimulate bone growth. Without this, your existing teeth could become crooked and even fall out.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS MADE OF?
Scientists have discovered that titanium has certain properties which allow the bone to fuse together with it, making a strong bond. Therefore, dental implants are made using either titanium or titanium alloys. They make up the part that mimics the roots, screw like parts that fuse to the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration. This provides a strong foundation for the crowns that will fit on the top. The crowns are usually made from porcelain or another strong tooth coloured material.