Missing teeth can cause people to feel self-conscious and make them want to hide their smile. Having these gaps can also make it difficult to speak or chew properly. In addition, having one or more missing teeth can lead to more severe oral problems in the future. The surrounding teeth can start to shift; your jawbone may start to recede, causing a sunken facial appearance; and you become more susceptible to gum disease. Fortunately, with dental implant solutions, you can prevent these issues.
As experienced dentists, Dr. Cynthia Chen and Dr. Chris Ching specializes in improving patient’s smiles and dental health through the placement of dental implants. Drs. Chen and Ching use the highest quality of materials available so that your dental implants give you a smile that is not only beautiful, but durable and long-lasting.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are a teeth replacement option that involves a post—typically made of titanium —that is surgically placed into the jawbone where the missing tooth root is. A dental crown or other restoration is then affixed to the top of this implant post to replace the visible portion of the tooth. By replacing the full structure of the tooth, patients can complete the look of their smile, restore oral function, and prevent health issues in the future.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
You may be considered a good candidate for dental implants if you have the following:
- One or more missing teeth
- A tooth or teeth that are damaged (cracked, chipped, etc.)
- Healthy teeth and gums
- Sound overall health (no serious medical conditions)
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANT SOLUTIONS?
The dental implant procedure is customized for each patient based on their individual needs and preferences. Depending on the specifics of your case, one of the following implant solutions may be recommended:
SINGLE-TOOTH DENTAL IMPLANTS
If only one tooth is missing, a single-tooth dental implant is recommended when possible. This is a standalone tooth replacement that looks and function just like a natural tooth.
If multiple teeth are missing, a fixed bridge supported by one or more dental implants can offer a secure replacement, without needing a separate implant post for each missing tooth.
Implant-supported dentures are a highly beneficial solution for patients with several missing or severely damaged teeth. They offer a more life-like replacement compared to traditional dentures.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE IMPLANT PLACEMENT PROCEDURE
Drs. Chen and Ching knows that each patient and their needs are unique, which is why they customize a treatment plan to fit your needs using the latest and most advanced technology.
The procedure itself involves the doctor making a small incision in the gums and placing the implant underneath the gums, into the jaw bone. In cases where a patient doesn’t have sufficient jaw bone volume to support an implant, Drs. Chen and Ching may use a bone graft to strengthen the jaw bone. One or more replacement teeth, such as a crown or implant-supported denture, are then attached to the implant posts. Dental implant placement causes only minor discomfort, as a local anesthetic is used during the procedure. Whether replacing one or several missing teeth, the dental implant placement procedure is typically performed in one office visit.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY RECOVERY?
Most of our dental implant patients experience very little discomfort after the procedure; in fact, they often don’t even have to take time off of work. Other patients — namely those who have had a more complex procedure involving techniques such as bone grafting — may experience some mild swelling and bruising of the gums and minor bleeding and discomfort. These effects are temporary, only lasting about two or three days after surgery. For these patients, the doctor will prescribe pain medication that they can use to manage any discomfort, if necessary.
Although they may have a higher upfront cost, dental implants are a very cost-effective treatment compared to other tooth replacement options. They are an investment in your oral health that can last for decades, if not a lifetime, when cared for properly.
CALL US TO RE-BUILD YOUR SMILE
Would you like to learn more about how dental implants can give you back a full, functional smile? To learn more about the dental implant options offered at Ching Dental Care, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cynthia Chen or Dr. Chris Ching, please contact our office today.