About Dental Implants
For anyone missing one tooth, multiple teeth or a full arch or set of teeth, dental implants may be the permanent solution you’ve been searching for. Missing teeth impact more than just the appearance of your smile. They also cause issues with chewing, speaking, and proper dental alignment. Empty spaces can also allow other teeth to shift, creating new crevices in which plaque may build and proliferate. Shifting also disturbs the alignment of your teeth, which impacts your overall oral health and comfort.
At New Image Dentistry & Implants, we offer a range of reliable, effective dental implant treatments to get you on your way toward achieving the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve. Here’s how our process works:
In most cases, dental implants are placed in three steps. During the first step, the doctor will surgically insert a titanium implant into the jawbone by way of existing tooth roots. A local anesthesia eliminates pain during this portion of the treatment. Sedation dentistry is also available for patients who may have high anxiety about their treatment. The implant is then left to heal over the next months, giving it time to fuse to the bone in a process known as osseointegration. Once the implant and bone have fused completely, you will have a strong, sturdy foundation for your replacement tooth.
During your next visit, a connective device called an abutment is added to the implant. This completes the foundation for your new replacement tooth. Time is given for the gum tissue around the abutment to heal before your dental restoration can be placed.
Once the foundation is built, your custom-designed dental prosthetic is placed. This prosthetic may be a dental crown, bridge or fixed denture, depending on your specific needs and the number of teeth in need of replacement. With the implant and restoration firmly in place, your tooth or teeth are highly secure and will function like any other natural, healthy tooth and can be cared for in the same way.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
As with all surgeries, dental implant procedures are most successful in healthy patients. Patients should practice proper oral hygiene, eat well, and avoid smoking. The jaw bone must also have enough material and be strong enough to support the dental implant.
The doctor will discuss any treatments you may need prior to beginning the implant procedure to guarantee the highest level of success with your procedure. Also be sure to discuss any pre-existing medical conditions with our team to ensure your safety at all stages.
Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are cost-effective, permanent, natural looking and often stronger than your natural teeth. The cost of dental implants depends on a number of factors, including the length of treatment, number of teeth to be replaced, materials used, and if any other procedures are needed prior to or in conjunction with your dental implant placement. We use only the highest quality materials and proven treatment methodologies in placing your dental implants to ensure you get a smile that will last a lifetime.
During your initial consultation, we will create a customized and comprehensive treatment plan just for you and discuss all costs associated with your treatment.
Quality Care in Orange County
Our team has advanced training in implant placement and have treated thousands of dental implant patients. We have Dr. Wolf who is an implantologist and Dr. Ahn who is a board certified oral surgeon to bring the most advanced experienced care possible We have been helping patients for decades by providing the highest quality of individualized, personal care.
To learn if dental implants may be right for you, give us a call. We’ll be happy to assist you in scheduling your next visit and assessing all treatment options available to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.