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.
Yes, dental implants can help improve speech by providing a stable foundation for replacement teeth, allowing for clearer pronunciation and reducing issues such as clicking or slipping associated with traditional dentures.
Alternatives to dental implants include fixed bridges, removable partial dentures, and full dentures. Your dental professional will discuss the pros and cons of each option and help you choose the best solution for your specific situation.
During your initial dental implant consultation, your dental professional will review your medical and dental history, take X-rays and possibly a CT scan, and discuss your treatment options. They will also examine your oral health and assess the quality and quantity of your jawbone to determine your eligibility for dental implants.
Sinus problems related to dental implants are rare but can occur, particularly when placing implants in the upper jaw near the sinus cavity. A sinus lift procedure may be necessary to minimize the risk of sinus complications.
Nerve damage is a rare but potential complication of dental implant surgery. A skilled dental professional will take precautions to avoid damaging nerves during the procedure.
Dental implants themselves should not cause bad breath. However, poor oral hygiene or infection around the implant can lead to bad breath. Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups will help prevent this issue.
Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining the health and longevity of your dental implants. Your dentist will recommend an appropriate schedule for checkups, usually every six months to a year.
The dental implant process can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to complete, depending on factors such as the need for bone grafting, the complexity of the case, and the healing time required between stages.
Dental implant rejection is rare, as implants are made of biocompatible materials like titanium or zirconia. However, in some cases, the body may not properly integrate with the implant, leading to implant failure.
Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures and bridges, including improved stability, a more natural appearance and feel, preservation of jawbone and facial structure, and no need to alter adjacent teeth. They also allow for better chewing function and may last a lifetime with proper care.
Patients with autoimmune diseases may still be candidates for dental implants, but the risk of complications may be higher. It’s crucial to discuss your medical history with your dental professional to determine the best course of action.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) can put additional stress on dental implants and may increase the risk of complications. However, it doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from getting implants. Your dental professional may recommend a night guard or other treatment options to manage your bruxism.
Dental implants are typically not recommended for children, as their jawbones are still growing. In most cases, dental professionals will wait until growth is complete before considering implants.
Allergic reactions to dental implants are rare, as they are made from biocompatible materials such as titanium or zirconia. If you have concerns about allergies, discuss them with your dental professional before the procedure.
It is generally recommended to postpone elective dental procedures, including dental implants, until after pregnancy. Pregnancy can cause hormonal changes that may affect your gums and jawbone, making it preferable to wait until after delivery.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper jaw in the area of the molars and premolars. It may be necessary if there is insufficient bone height in this area for dental implant placement.
Yes, dental implants can fail in some cases, though the failure rate is relatively low. Factors that can contribute to implant failure include infection, smoking, and certain medical conditions. If an implant fails, your dental professional will discuss your options for replacement or alternative treatments.
Immediately after dental implant surgery, you should stick to a soft food diet for a few days to a week. As healing progresses, you can gradually reintroduce more solid foods. Your dental professional will provide guidance on when it’s safe to resume your normal diet.
Your dental professional will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for your dental implant surgery. Generally, this will include maintaining good oral hygiene, avoiding certain medications, and arranging for transportation after the procedure.
Patients who have had radiation therapy to the jaw may still be candidates for dental implants, but they may face a higher risk of complications. It is crucial to discuss your medical history with your dental professional to determine the best course of action.
Active gum disease should be treated and controlled before considering dental implants. Untreated gum disease can lead to bone loss and implant failure. Once your gums are healthy, you may be a candidate for dental implants.
While rare, some patients may experience headaches after dental implant surgery. This can be caused by factors such as muscle strain, nerve irritation, or a bite misalignment. If headaches persist, it’s essential to consult your dental professional.
Yes, dental implants can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. Depending on the situation, this can be accomplished through individual implants and crowns, implant-supported bridges, or implant-supported dentures.
A mini dental implant is a smaller version of a standard dental implant, typically used in cases where there is insufficient bone density for a full-sized implant or to support a removable denture.
The ideal time for dental implant placement after tooth extraction varies based on individual factors such as bone quality and the specific tooth involved. In some cases, an implant can be placed immediately after extraction, while in others, a waiting period of several months may be necessary to allow for proper healing and bone regeneration.
Patients with well-controlled diabetes can typically receive dental implants. However, uncontrolled diabetes can increase the risk of complications and implant failure. It’s essential to discuss your medical history with your dental professional before considering dental implants.
It is strongly recommended that you avoid smoking during the healing process after dental implant surgery, as smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of complications and implant failure.
To find a qualified dental implant specialist, ask for recommendations from friends, family, or your general dentist. Look for a professional with extensive experience and training in implant dentistry, such as a prosthodontist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Yes, dental implants can help prevent further bone loss by providing stimulation to the jawbone through chewing and biting, similar to natural teeth.
An implant-supported denture is a type of removable denture that is secured to dental implants for added stability and improved function. This type of denture is particularly beneficial for patients who have difficulty with traditional dentures.
Dental implants can be removed if necessary, but this is generally only done in cases of implant failure, infection, or other complications. In most cases, dental implants are considered a permanent solution for missing teeth.
Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that fuses with the jawbone through osseointegration. Some implants are made of zirconia, a ceramic material, but titanium is the most widely used.
A bone graft is a procedure that involves adding bone or bone-like material to the jaw to increase its density and provide support for dental implants. It may be necessary if your jawbone has insufficient volume or density to support an implant.
Potential complications include infection, nerve damage, sinus issues, damage to surrounding teeth, and implant failure. However, these risks are relatively low, and most patients experience successful outcomes.
Dental implants themselves cannot be whitened, as they are made of titanium. However, the dental prosthesis (crown, bridge, or denture) can be made to match the desired shade of your natural teeth.
Recovery time varies depending on the individual and the complexity of the procedure. Generally, patients experience mild discomfort for a few days following surgery. Complete healing and osteointegration may take several months, after which the final prosthesis can be placed.
The dental implant procedure typically involves several stages: consultation and planning, tooth extraction (if necessary), bone grafting (if required), implant placement, abutment placement, and the final prosthesis (crown, bridge, or denture).
Dental implants themselves cannot develop cavities, as they are made of titanium. However, the natural teeth around the implant are still susceptible to decay and gum disease, so proper oral hygiene is crucial.
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. Your dental professional may recommend specific oral hygiene products to ensure the longevity of your implants.
Dental implant coverage varies by insurance provider and plan. Some plans may partially cover the cost, while others may not. It’s essential to check with your insurance provider for specific details.
Some dental implant procedures can be completed in one day, known as “immediate loading” or “same-day implants.” However, this approach is not suitable for all cases, and many patients require a more traditional, multi-stage process.
The cost of dental implants varies based on factors such as geographical location, the complexity of the case, and the type of implant used. In general, single implants can range from $1,500 to $6,000, but this does not include additional procedures that may be required, such as bone grafting or sinus lifts.
Dental implants have a high success rate, ranging from 90-95% depending on various factors such as patient health, implant location, and the expertise of the dental professional.
The dental implant procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, making it a relatively painless experience. Post-operative discomfort is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication and subsides within a few days.
Most people are suitable candidates for dental implants. However, those with certain health conditions or insufficient jawbone density may not be eligible. A thorough examination and consultation with a dental professional are necessary to determine eligibility.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are essential to ensure their longevity.
Yes, dental implants are a safe and well-established treatment option. They have been successfully used in dentistry for over 50 years and have a high success rate.
Dental implants fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. They provide support for dental prostheses such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, which replace the visible part of the tooth.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth designed to match your natural teeth.
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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After many years of hesitating from getting an implant or a bridge for my missing molar, I finally got an implant at Dr. Lieu’s dental office. (more…)
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I had my cleaned my teeth today. As usual, she did a great job! The new office is a work of art. I’ll be back in a few weeks to have my implant placed by Dr Lieu. I have nothing but love for this office and team!
I was having a new Crown put onto a tooth that had a crown already on it. But I didn’t have a tooth above it and the tooth grew trying to reach the tooth above it. That left a space where a cavity (more…)
Two dental implants and an overdenture can change up your game!
As a man I understand how nice it is be close to…Read More
The Ultimate Guide to Dental Implants: Understanding the Process, Procedure, Cost, and More
Dental implants have become a popular tooth replacement option in recent years,…Read More
Dental Bridges & Dentures
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Dental Implant Pain Questions Answered
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Dental Implants in Rohnert Park
Click to Call 707-795-4523 Dental Implants We see many patients for dental…Read More
Dental Implants 5 Things To Consider
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Dental Implant Cost and Insurance: Common tricks
Dental insurance should cover my dental implant cost…right? By Anthony Lieu, DMD…Read More
Dr. Lieu of Blue Apple Dental Group in Rohnert Park is a Dental Implants Specialist
Complimentary Dental Implants Consultation With over 20 years of experience, he offers…Read More
Transform Your Smile with Revolutionary Dental Implants by Master Implantologist Dr. Anthony Lieu, DMD of Blue Apple Dental Group, Rohnert Park, California
Introduction to Dental Implants: A Life-Changing Solution Are you tired of hiding…Read More
How do I Care for my Dental Implants?
Our dental hygienists always use special instruments to clean around dental implants.…Read More