Dental Implants In La Mesa, CA
What Is a Dental Implant?
It Looks and Feels Like a Natural Tooth
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that replaces a missing tooth. It looks like a screw and is made of titanium alloy, a bio-friendly material. Dental implants are used to replace one or several missing teeth. They are surgically placed in the jawbone to create the basis on which the prosthetic teeth will be built. In time, bone cells develop around the implant, reinforcing it into the jaw and fusing it with the surrounding bone. Dentists use implants to make crowns that have the same appearance and texture as natural teeth.
Dental implants – the perfect solution!
As opposed to bridgework (partial or complete over dentures), which used to be the solution of choice for the treatment of missing teeth, dental implants do not move and do not damage adjacent, healthy teeth. According to scientific studies, 85% of people who have had bridgework done feel that their dentures are uncomfortable and do not function well on a day-to-day basis.
Dental Implant – The Solution
The implant is placed in the jawbone on its own and does not rely on adjacent teeth for support. Allows one to exert more chewing pressure than with dentures. Facilitates clarity of speech, which is highly impaired by dentures. Suitable for virtually every age. Does not cause caries.
Risk OR Opportunity
Implants are placed in the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure at the dentist’s clinic, under a local anesthetic, just like in most everyday dental treatments. Long-term studies show that success rates reach 95%. However, implant failure or partial absorption may stem from several reasons, for example, a patient’s health condition that may contraindicate implantation, lack of cooperation from the patient, drug abuse, poor oral hygiene, emotional problems, chronic alcoholism, and problems related to the quality and density of the bone.
Dental implants are a success but not at any cost and not for everybody. Consult your dentist before embarking on the procedure.
Single-Tooth Rehabilitation/ Replacement
When replacing a single tooth, a dental implant is the ideal solution. This is because the implant does not need the support of other teeth and therefore does not harm adjacent, healthy teeth. It is recommended not to leave the jaw with a missing tooth but to contact the dentist as soon as possible to make an implant. A jaw with a missing tooth may cause the bone to recede and be absorbed by the gums. This requires bone implantation and impairs the retention of adjacent healthy teeth.
Multiple-Tooth Rehabilitation/ Replacement
Rehabilitation with removable prostheses (dentures) requires a special glue or spherical clamp to retain the support in the jaw. In this case, the denture’s retention is not as stable as when it is made over an implant. Sometimes, this makes speaking difficult and causes discomfort when eating. A denture that is sustained by and anchored in dental implants is more stable and stronger over longer periods of time, and more convenient to use. Moreover, implants help preserve the structure and health of the jaw.
Rehabilitation/ Replacement of All Teeth
When all the teeth are missing in both the upper and lower jaws, the best solution is dentures supported by implants. The denture is anchored using special attachments that snap into place in the implants for optimum retention. A full denture that is not retained by dental implants affects speech, eating habits, facial features, and in general the person’s lifestyle.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide use A.B. Dental’s implants, which are approved in the United States
by the FDA and in Europe by the CE, and which meet the strictest international standards. A.B. Dental’s implants provide a solution for any situation and will have you showing off your pearly whites with renewed self-confidence. Ask your dentist if dental implants are right for you!
How Does the Implant Work?
Diagnosis – During the preliminary examination, the dentist checks the location of the blood vessels, nerves and air pockets in the jaw. Based on the results of a panoramic X-ray or CT, the dentist decides on the most suitable implant, its length, width and location in the jaw.
Implant placement – The implant is inserted in the jawbone at the dentist’s clinic in extreme conditions of sterilization and under a local anesthetic. The procedure takes less than one hour.
Healing – After 3 to 6 months, when the area has healed and the implant has knitted with the jawbone, the implant is exposed.
Rehabilitation – In this stage, a crown is built over the implant. It takes several weeks until the desired results are