Dr. Lieu of Blue Apple Dental Group in Rohnert Park is a Dental Implants Specialist.
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A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium dental implant is surgically implanted in the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it, forming a tight connection.
Once the dental implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then puts a replacement tooth on top of the dental implant. This permanent solution has the advantage over a bridge, in that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and there is no chance for recurring decay and need for replacing another bridge one day.
A dental implant with locator attachments are another great option for stabilizing loose dentures.
A tooth extraction refers to the procedure of removing a tooth from its socket. Before we start it’s important that you notify your dentist of your medical condition such as whether you have any artificial joints, diabetes, or a history of heart and valve conditions. You should also inform your dentist of any medications you are currently or have previously taken, such as Redux, Phen-Fen blood thinners, or importantly medications that contain bisphosphonates . Here is how an extraction is done first, the local anesthetic is applied to make the procedure more comfortable, in some cases your dentist will elect to use nitrous oxide gas, in addition to the anesthetic once the area is numb, the extraction begins.
A dental instrument called an elevator is used to wiggle the tooth in its socket after the tooth is loose and it is removed using forceps or in some more complicated cases a surgical handpiece is also used to assist with the removal of the tooth. Like most other procedures tooth extractions are not free of possible complications, you should be aware that there is a slight chance of infection, tenderness, prolonged bleeding, dry socket, and loosening of neighboring teeth or their fillings or crowns. Another rare possibility, is a tooth being displaced into the sinus during an extraction of an upper tooth Lastly, jaw fracture is also a very rare possibility, you need to be aware of the importance of replacing this missing tooth, why? Once a tooth is removed, the space created by the missing tooth will allow the surrounding teeth to shift into that space, this shift could cause a misalignment in your mouth that can result in chewing or jaw joint problems.
Shifting teeth are harder to clean, making them more susceptible to gum disease, decay, or even additional tooth loss. For these reasons, it’s important to replace the tooth with a dental appliance such as a bridge, a removable partial denture, or an implant. In some instances, you may be considering the option of pulling a tooth rather than simply repairing it, while it may be less expensive in the short run, in the long run, it may cost you more as you just heard once a tooth is pulled you still need to fill the space with the dental appliance. To avoid future complications if you add the cost of extraction plus the replacement of the tooth you may simply be better off repairing it, please be sure to ask your dentist for proper home care and postoperative instruction care.
Every effort is made to make a good and functional denture, it is sometimes hard to achieve a stable and retentive denture, this is mainly due to the jaw bone constantly shrinking with age, smoking, or for some systemic diseases such as diabetes, or even chewing pressure on the existing denture. However, there are new advances in making dentures, one such advance is an implant-supported denture that increases the stability of the denture, this kind of dental appliance requires the placement of implants in your mouth, before making the denture, dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Implants are made of titanium or similar materials that are well suited to the human body they are artificial replacements, for teeth roots that support a restoration or a dental appliance.
Before we start, it’s important that you notify your dentist of any medical condition you may have such as whether you have any artificial joints, diabetes or a history of heart and valve conditions. You should also inform your dentist of any medications you are currently taking or have previously taken such as Redux or Fen-Phen blood thinners or importantly medications that contain bisphosphonates , it normally takes a few phases, and several months for your dentist to complete the treatment. In the first phase your dentist will place the implants in your jaw bone it requires 3 to 6 months for the bone to fuse to the implants. In the second phase, your dentist will place an extension or opposed to extend the implants above the gum line. This process can also be performed during the first phase depending on the technique chosen by your dentist after your gums are healed it is time for an impression to be made and a final restoration or appliance to be fabricated by the dental laboratory. In most cases on your final visit, the restoration or the dental appliances are placed and adjusted to ensure proper fit and function.
While every effort is made to place a successful and functioning implant it sometimes fails, this is mainly due to lack of proper attachment between the implant and the jawbone during the bone fusing phase. Other problems such as breakage of the implants, or breakage or loosening of its restoration or dental appliance or infection of the surrounding gums are also rare possibilities. Finally due to differences in the shapes of the jaws and the bone density the back area of upper jaw may require an additional procedure such as a sinus lifting to increase the predictability and long-term success if you have any additional questions please consult Dr. Lieu
Have you lost your teeth due to severe tooth decay, gum disease, trauma, or even a failed root canal? If so, you may qualify for implant treatment, dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Implants, are made of titanium or similar materials, that are well suited to the human body. They are, artificial replacements for teeth roots that support restoration, or a dental appliance. Besides, it’s cosmetic advantage replacing the missing teeth will restore your ability to properly chew and speak.
In addition, the space caused by the missing teeth may allow the surrounding teeth to shift into that space. This shifting could cause a misalignment in your bite, that can result in problems with your jaw joint, these shifted teeth are harder to clean making them more susceptible to gum disease, decay, or even additional tooth loss. Before we start, it’s important that you notify your dentist of your medical condition. Whether you have any artificial joints, diabetes, or a history of heart, and valve conditions you should also inform your dentist of any medications you are currently or have previously taken. Such as redux or Fen Fen blood thinners, more importantly medications that contain bisphosphonates, like fosa Max.
It normally takes a few phases, and several months for your dentist to complete the treatment. In the first phase, your dentist will place the implants in your jaw bone, it requires 3 to 6 months for the bone to fuse to the implants. In the second phase. your dentist will place an extension, or opposed to extend the implants above the gumline this process can also be performed during the first phase, depending on the technique chosen by your dentist. After, your gums are healed it is time for an impression to be made, and a final restoration or appliance to be fabricated by the dental laboratory.
In most cases, on your final visit the restoration of the dental appliances are made than placed and adjusted to ensure proper fit, and function. While every effort is made to place a successful, and functioning implant, it sometimes fails. This is mainly due to lack of proper attachment between the implant, and the jawbone, during the bone fusing phase. Other problems, such as breakage of the implants, loosening of its restoration of dental appliance, or infection of the surrounding gums are also rare possibilities.
Finally, due to differences in the shapes of the jaws and the bone density, the back area of upper jaw may require an additional procedure such as a sinus lifting, to increase the predictability and long term success. Please, keep in mind that the longevity of your implant, and its restoration depends in large part on your oral hygiene diet and the health of the supporting bones and gums. Please ask your dentist for proper brushing and flossing techniques if you have any additional questions please consult your dentist.
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist in six months, or more frequently if so advised.
It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask your dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.
Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.
The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, your are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.
The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.
Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity, pressure and force of your bite with dental implants is comparable to that of natural teeth.
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.
When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.
Preserve natural teeth:
With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.
Even though most dentists refer their patients to specialists for the placement of dental implants, Dr. Lieu has the training and expertise to perform the surgery in his office without the need for a referral saving your time and money.
Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink and dissolve. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.
With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95 percent for individual dental implants.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the bio-compatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, or have loose fitting dentures, dental implants may be for you.
Dental implants are permanent anchors that integrate with the jawbone to provide secure, stable and long-lasting tooth replacement. Because dental implants become part of the jaw, they look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to eat, talk and smile without worry.
When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them one of the best investments for long-term tooth replacement. Studies have reported that the long-term success rate of implants is over 95%.
CEREC -Dental Implant crowns
CEREC is a popular technology used by dentists to create custom dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and inlays, in a single appointment. The process begins with a digital scan of the patient’s mouth, which is used to create a 3D model of the restoration. The dentist then uses computer-aided design (CAD) software to design the restoration, taking into account factors such as the shape and color of the surrounding teeth. Once the design is complete, the restoration is milled from a block of ceramic material using a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) machine. The finished restoration is then checked for fit and adjusted as needed.
One of the main advantages of CEREC is that it allows the restoration to be made in a single appointment, rather than requiring multiple visits. This is convenient for patients and can save time and money. CEREC restorations are also known for their accuracy and durability, as they are made using high-quality ceramic material and are custom-fit to the patient’s mouth. Overall, CEREC technology has revolutionized the way dentists create custom dental restorations and has made the process faster, more accurate, and more convenient for patients.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in which bone tissue is transplanted from one area of the body to another. It is often used in dental implant surgery to provide a strong foundation for the implant. The jawbone is the most common site for dental implant surgery, and it is important that the bone be strong and dense enough to support the implant. If the jawbone is too thin or soft, it may not be able to support the implant, which can lead to implant failure.
In these cases, a bone graft may be necessary to build up the jawbone and create a stable foundation for the implant. There are several types of bone grafting procedures that can be used, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Autogenous bone grafts involve using bone from the patient’s own body, such as from the hip or the jaw. Allogenic bone grafts involve using bone from a donor, while synthetic bone grafts involve using a synthetic material that is designed to mimic the properties of natural bone.
Bone grafting is a complex surgical procedure that requires careful planning and execution. It is usually performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who is a specialist in the treatment of the mouth, teeth, and facial structures. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay in the hospital. After the bone graft has been completed, the patient will need to undergo a period of healing before the dental implant can be placed.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are a type of dental implant that is smaller in diameter than regular dental implants. They are typically used to support dentures, and can be placed in the lower jaw without the need for bone grafting. Mini dental implants have a diameter of about 3mm to 4mm, which is significantly smaller than regular dental implants, which are typically 5mm to 6mm in diameter.
One of the main advantages of mini dental implants is that they are less invasive than regular dental implants. Because they are smaller in diameter, they require a smaller surgical incision and cause less trauma to the surrounding tissue. This can result in a shorter healing time and less discomfort for the patient. Mini dental implants are also easier to place in areas of the jaw that have limited bone density, such as the lower jaw, as they do not require as much bone to support them.
Despite their small size, mini dental implants are strong and stable, and are able to support the same types of dental prosthetics as regular dental implants. They are typically used to support dentures, and can help to improve the fit and stability of the dentures, making it easier for the patient to eat and speak. Overall, mini dental implants are a good option for patients who are missing teeth and want to use dentures, but do not have enough bone density to support regular dental implants.
Regular Dental Implant
A regular dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Dental implants are made of biocompatible material, which means that they are accepted by the body and do not cause an immune response. Once the implant has been placed in the jawbone and has had time to heal and integrate with the bone (a process called osseointegration), it can be topped with a crown, bridge, or denture to restore function and esthetics to the mouth.
Dental implants are considered to be a very effective and long-lasting solution for tooth loss. They are strong and stable, and can withstand the same forces as natural teeth. They are also highly esthetic, as they can be made to closely match the appearance of the surrounding teeth. Regular dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, and can be used in the upper or lower jaw.
The process of getting a dental implant typically involves several steps and may take several months to complete. It begins with a consultation with a dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon, during which the patient’s medical and dental history is reviewed and a treatment plan is developed. The next step is the surgical placement of the implant, which is usually done under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. After the implant has been placed and has had time to heal and integrate with the bone, the restoration (crown, bridge, or denture) is attached to the implant. The entire process can take several months, as it takes time for the implant to heal and integrate with the bone.
Dental Implant Crowns
A dental implant crown is a type of dental restoration that is used to replace a missing tooth. It consists of two parts: the dental implant and the crown. The dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a replacement for the root of the missing tooth. The implant is made of biocompatible material, which means that it is accepted by the body and does not cause an immune response.
Once the implant has been placed in the jawbone and has had time to heal and integrate with the bone (a process called osseointegration), a crown is attached to the implant. The crown is a custom-made ceramic or porcelain restoration that is made to match the shape, size, and color of the surrounding teeth. It is cemented or screwed onto the implant and covers the portion of the implant that is visible above the gum line.
Dental implant crowns are used to restore function and esthetics to the mouth following the loss of a tooth. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, and are generally considered to be a very effective and long-lasting solution for tooth loss. Implant-supported crowns are strong and stable, and can withstand the same forces as natural teeth. They are also highly esthetic, as they can be made to closely match the appearance of the surrounding teeth.
Implant-attached dentures, also known as overdentures, are a type of denture that is secured to the jawbone using dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, which are held in place using suction or adhesive, implant-attached dentures are more stable and do not shift or move around in the mouth. This can make it easier for the patient to eat, speak, and perform other activities that may be difficult with traditional dentures.
To secure the dentures to the jawbone, the patient will need to undergo a surgical procedure to place dental implants in the jaw. The number of implants required will depend on the specific needs of the patient and the type of denture being used. Once the implants have had time to heal and integrate with the bone (a process called osseointegration), the dentures can be attached to the implants using special attachments.
There are several types of implant-attached dentures, including bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Bar-retained dentures are secured to the implants using a metal bar that runs along the gum line, while ball-retained dentures are secured to the implants using a ball-and-socket system. Both types of implant-attached dentures are highly stable and can provide a secure and comfortable fit for the patient.
Overall, implant-attached dentures are a good option for patients who are missing all of their teeth and want a more stable and comfortable alternative to traditional dentures. They are typically more expensive than traditional dentures, but many patients find that the improved stability and comfort are worth the extra cost.
A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure that is used to increase the height of the jawbone in the upper back teeth area. It is often necessary when placing dental implants in this area, as the sinuses are located close to the jawbone and can limit the amount of bone available for the implant.
During the sinus lift procedure, the sinus membrane is lifted and bone graft material is placed in the space between the sinus and the jawbone. The bone graft material is usually taken from the patient’s own body, such as from the hip or the jaw. It can also be taken from a donor or be synthetic material designed to mimic the properties of natural bone. The bone graft material helps to build up the bone and provide a stable foundation for the implant.
Sinus lifts are typically performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who is a specialist in the treatment of the mouth, teeth, and facial structures. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay in the hospital. After the sinus lift has been completed, the patient will need to undergo a period of healing before the dental implant can be placed.
Overall, sinus lifts are a useful procedure for patients who want to get dental implants in the upper back teeth area, but do not have enough bone density to support the implants. They can help to increase the amount of available bone and provide a stable foundation for the implants, which can improve the chances of success.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
Guided tissue regeneration (GTR) is a surgical procedure that is used to encourage the growth of new bone and gum tissue. It is often used in cases where the bone and gum tissue around a tooth have been damaged or lost due to periodontal disease or injury. Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums and surrounding tissue that can lead to the loss of bone and gum tissue, and can ultimately result in the loss of the tooth.
During the GTR procedure, a small piece of mesh-like material is placed between the bone and gum tissue. The material is usually made of a synthetic material that is designed to be biocompatible with the body. It acts as a scaffold to support the growth of new bone and gum tissue, and helps to guide the tissue in the correct direction. The material also helps to prevent the gum tissue from growing into the area where the bone should be, which can interfere with the healing process.
GTR is typically performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who is a specialist in the treatment of the mouth, teeth, and facial structures. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation, and may require an overnight stay in the hospital. After the GTR procedure has been completed, the patient will need to undergo a period of healing before the damaged tooth can be restored.
Overall, GTR is a useful procedure for patients who have lost bone and gum tissue due to periodontal disease or injury. It can help to encourage the growth of new tissue and restore the foundation of the
Dental Implant Failure Treatments
If a dental implant fails, it means that the implant has either become loose or has failed to integrate with the surrounding bone (a process called osseointegration). Dental implant failure can be caused by a variety of factors, including infection, improper placement, or insufficient bone density. If a dental implant fails, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the surrounding bone and tissue.
The most common treatment for dental implant failure is to remove the failed implant and place a new one. This may require another surgical procedure, and the patient will need to undergo a period of healing before the new implant can be placed. In some cases, it may be possible to salvage the failed implant by performing a bone graft or other procedure to strengthen the foundation of the implant. This may allow the implant to integrate with the surrounding bone and be restored.
In rare cases, it may be necessary to remove the failed implant and not replace it. This may be necessary if the patient has a serious infection or if the surrounding bone has been damaged to the point where it is not possible to place a new implant. In these cases, other options for replacing the missing tooth, such as a bridge or a denture, may be recommended.
Overall, the treatment for dental implant failure will depend on the specific circumstances of the case and the needs of the patient. It is important to work closely with a dental professional to determine the best course of action.
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