Dental Implants

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the best option for replacing your missing or failing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace as little as one tooth or all your teeth. Teeth Implants are made of biocompatible titanium and act as a replacement for the root of the tooth. The titanium implant is completely inert (safe) and your body recognizes it as part of you!

There are 3 components to a dental implant:

  1. The titanium dental implant (the replacement for your missing root/the foundation for your new tooth)
  2. The abutment (connects the titanium implant to the visible tooth)
  3. The crown (visible tooth portion)

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Your jaw will fuse to the implant. This fusion of your jaw bone to the implant is a critical part of why dental implants are the best foundation for your new tooth. A small connection piece (called an abutment) is placed on the implant and a normal dental crown (made by your dentist) is placed on top of the abutment.

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Prior to dental implants being placed, Drs. Baker and Delsol go through extensive preparations. At Niguel Coast Oral & Facial Surgery we are equipped with 3D CT scan technology in the office. This imaging allows the doctor to precisely plan the surgery and ensure the implant is placed in the ideal position. The correct placement of the implant is absolutely critical to having long term success of your new tooth in how it looks, feels, and functions. Drs. Baker and Delsol have placed thousands of dental implants.

The Surgical Procedure

Drs. Delsol and Baker have trained extensively in office anesthesia and are certified to provide sedation for your procedures in addition to the local anesthesia (numbing). After you reach a comfortable level of sedation, the implant is placed within your jawbone. For the first two to six months following surgery, the implant gradually bonds with the jawbone. Typically, your dentist will provide a temporary tooth during the healing period that will look natural.

After the body has healed to the implant you will get your permanent tooth by your dentist. Depending on your bone and gum support this takes anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months from implant placement.

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Most dental implants can be placed at the same time your bad tooth is extracted. This speeds up the recovery process by about 4 months as well as helps to preserve your bone and gums (a critical component of a natural looking tooth restoration). Sometimes we can even use your old tooth as a temporary tooth on top of the implant so nobody can tell anything was done at all!

Implants can often be placed at the same time as your tooth extraction

At Niguel Coast Oral & Facial Surgery we are equipped with low radiation 3-dimensional CT scanning which allows us to see under your gums without ever having to do surgery to look!

Low Radiation CT scanDr. Baker and Dr. Delsol also utilize the latest biologic technologies. Platelet Rich Plasma and Platelet Rich Fibrin can significantly benefit your healing after dental implant placement. The process uses your own body’s natural healing properties in concentrated form to help the process of healing.

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Most dental implants are made of titanium but dental implant technology goes way beyond that. The size, orientation, depth and shape of the grooves are just one aspect of dental implants that plays a huge role in their long term success.

With the boom of dental implants in the market there have been literally hundreds of dental implant companies that have formed producing thousands of different implants.

Not All Dental Implants Are Created Equal

Some companies have very strong research backing their design while others leave many questions. You should ask your implant surgeon what dental implant system they use and find out their track record of success. At Niguel Coast Oral & Facial Surgery we use implants backed by tons of research: NobelStraumannKeystone and BioHorizons.

Diet After Dental Implants

After you have your dental implants placed you should maintain a soft diet for 5 days. This ensures that the gums around the implant heal beautifully without trauma from hard foods. After the 5 days of soft diet you can eat a normal diet but you must eat with teeth on the opposite side of the mouth from the newly placed dental implant for 6 weeks. Patients often are at a loss as to what they should eat after oral surgery. We will help you every step of the way and give you a list of examples of approved (delicious) foods.

Minimally Invasive Dental Implant placement

With appropriate planning, execution of the implant procedure can be minimally invasive. This means that Dr. Baker and Dr. Delsol will barely even touch your gums to place your dental implant which translates into less pain and swelling for you after your procedure.

Drs. Baker and Delsol have a focus on minimally invasive techniques- that means less pain and swelling for you.

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Single Tooth Dental Implant:

Multiple Teeth (implant bridge):

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Dentures supported by Dental Implants:

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Full Mouth Implants (also known as All on 4 or Teeth-in-a-day):

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Why Dental Implants?

Traditionally missing spaces have been filled with what is called a dental bridge. A bridge puts a floating tooth in the area of the missing tooth. This floating tooth is connected to the two neighboring teeth. The downside of a bridge is that the neighboring teeth must be cut down to accommodate the structure of the bridge. This is a great option when the neighboring teeth are also unhealthy. In general, if you have healthy teeth next to your missing tooth a dental implant is a great option. Your dentist can help you decide what is right for you.

Dental Implants are 95% successful at 20 years

Dental implants have been around for over 20 years now and we have long-term research showing a 95% long term success rate. You can expect to have your dental implant for a very long time- potentially your whole life.

What else goes into a successful dental implant?

There are three main parts to a successful dental implant:

  1. Proper hard tissue (bone) support
  2. Proper soft tissue (gums) support
  3. Proper implant placement

In order for your dental implant to be successful you must have adequate hard tissue support for the implant. The “hard tissue” is another word for bone. Bone is what ultimately supports your dental implant and thus your tooth. If there is not adequate bone for the implant you may see the silver colored implant through your gums resulting in an unacceptable result. Dr. Delsol and Baker mitigate these problems with bone grafting where necessary.

If you have been missing teeth for a while or have had periodontal disease your gums may be receded from where they should be. Placing a dental implant in this situation can result in an unacceptable soft tissue result. You may have a beautiful white tooth that matches your other teeth but when you smile your gums will not look like they should. Dr. Baker and Delsol are experts in soft tissue augmentation to keep this from happening.

After steps 1 and 2 are addressed an implant can be placed in an appropriate position. A perfectly placed implant will set you and your dentist up for a beautiful tooth for your implant. The angles, length and positioning are critical for success. Dr. Baker and Delsol have the experience and expertise to manage these three important steps to get you back to a full compliment of teeth.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?

Dr. Baker and Delsol will do a thorough examination of your mouth and face to determine what steps should be done to get you to your ideal outcome. Your expectations and desires are first and foremost in planning for your missing tooth replacement. Based on your desires, your medical history, and the supporting structures of your mouth we will help you find the plan most suited for you.

What if I’ve had Dental Implants Placed before and I’m having problems?

We often are referred failed implants that require our expert Oral Surgeons to remedy the situation. This may require removal of the dental implant, bone grafting procedures or soft tissue augmentation procedures. Regardless of what problem you are having with your dental implant you should contact us for a consultation appointment so we can get your problem under control before it progresses.

Diabetes and Dental Implants

Several studies have looked at the relationship between diabetes and the success of dental implants. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Dental Implants are usually successful in diabetic patients
  2. Well controlled diabetics usually have great outcomes
  3. Poorly controlled diabetics should get there diabetes under control prior to implant placement.

Smoking and Dental Implants

If you smoke you have probably heard many times that smoking can impair healing. Such is the case with dental implants. Studies vary on the exact percentage but a good rule of thumb is that patients who smoke are 10% less succesful. Bone grafts and soft tissue grafting have a much higher failure rate in smokers. Quitting smoking for even a few weeks can be greatly beneficial in your outcome.

Do Dental implants hurt?

The procedure for placing dental implants is very comfortable. Most patients feel only slight pressure and state that it is vastly easier than a tooth extraction. Dr. Baker and Delsol are experts in IV sedation and most patients elect to sleep through their procedures.

Will I get pain medicine after?

Yes, Drs. Baker and Delsol routinely prescribe pain medicine for their patients after placement of dental implants to ensure you are comfortable at home.

What if I want Natural/Homeopathic Pain and Swelling Remedies?

At Niguel Coast Oral & Facial Surgery we offer interested patients Heal+ which consists of only naturally derived homeopathic and herbal supplements that have been research proven to provide pain and swelling relief without the need for pharmaceuticals.

 Do I need antibiotics for my implants?

Several research studies have looked at this question and it has been conclusively determined that antibiotics aid in the success of dental implants when the antibiotics are taken before the implants are placed. Additionally, antibiotic mouthwash can aid in sterilizing your mouth prior to placing the implants. Dr. Delsol and Baker have antibiotics and special mouthwash to give you in the office to ensure your implants are set up for success.

If you need hard tissue or soft tissue grafting procedures you may need antibiotics for a bit longer. We will tailor your antibiotics to your specific needs. If you are allergic to certain antibiotics we will also take this into account and be sure to get you something both safe and effective for you.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants depends on your specific situation. For example, if you have receding gums and lacking bone support it will cost more money (and time) to build up the support needed for a successful implant. On the other hand if you currently have a tooth in the area that needs to be extracted and Dr Baker or Dr. Delsol can immediately place and implant the cost will be less.

We work with several financing companies that offer affordable and flexible options. Check out our Finances page for more information.

Does Insurance Cover my Dental Implant?

Dental insurance has been all over the map on this issue. Generally dental insurance will cover part of the implant fee. Feel free to call us any time and we would be happy to get in touch with your insurance company for you to determine if your insurance will cover all or some of the cost of a dental implant.

We’ll Help You Get The Most Out of Your Insurance

Our Team at Niguel Coast Oral & Facial Surgery is expert in filing your dental insurance. Our staff work hard to make sure you get as much out of your dental benefits as possible.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

The great news is that dental implants cannot get cavities. Implants are still susceptible to periodontal disease, however. This means that brushing and flossing along with regular dental hygiene visits are important for the long term health of your dental implant (and the rest of your teeth).

What if I don’t have a Dentist?

General Dentists are an important part of the team to accomplish a beautiful new tooth for you. At Niguel Coast Oral & Facial Surgery we work with many amazing dentists. We will recommend a dental office that is expert in restoring and caring for dental implants if you don’t already have one.

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