At DeAnza Family Dentistry in Cupertino, Dr. Craig Mitchell restores dental implants and work closely with our local specialist for the surgical placements.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution alternative to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and improve digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues by providing underlying lip and cheek support.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure, stable, and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants generally requires a series of visits over several months. The first phase is called the SURGICAL PHASE, where the implant fixture is screwed into the jawbone. We generally will wait 4-6 months before the second phase, or the RESTORATIVE PHASE. This is where the crown is place over the implant fixture.
Initially, X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone height and density, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. In certain circumstances, the implant post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time as one piece.
After several weeks of healing and the bone integrating around the threads of the implant fixture, impressions are taken and the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. While one impression will generally gives us all the information we need to create the crown, in some cases, it may be necessary to do additional fittings because of the location or number of implants being restored at the same time. After the lab creates the custom made teeth, these artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant fixture, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
DeAnza Family Dentistry is your Silicon Valley Dental Implant Specialist. Give us a call today at 408-255-9422 to see if implants are right for you!
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.