Dental Implants

Why would you need a dental implant ?

Tooth extractions are all too common even today, affecting people across socioeconomic and demographic lines. Poor dental health and gum disease are the primary reasons behind missing teeth. Leaving an empty space where a tooth used to be may not sound serious. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong.

The ripple effect of a missing tooth or teeth left untreated can result in multiple problems that impact quality of life, like the inability to eat what you want or chew food normally, causing gastrointestinal problems. Or the embarrassment you may feel due to a visible gap in your smile, which can inhibit normal social activity. Even worse, the loss of a missing tooth root can actually cause your jawbone to shrink, making your face appear older prematurely.

Thankfully, the past few decades have shown tremendous strides in dental implant treatment and long-term effectiveness regarding functionality and pleasing esthetics. What used to be a specialty is fast becoming commonplace, as millions of people around the world are benefiting from dental implants. But perhaps most importantly, dental implants do more than just replace missing teeth—they restore your self-confidence.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are tiny titanium (or ceramic) posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. After implant placement, the patient’s bone securely bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small components called abutments are then attached to the implant to provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure and contours and prevent the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Ceramic Dental Implants

Ceramic implants, which we recommend at Mission Dental Implant Center, are highly bio-compatible and most like our own teeth, even more so than titanium. The ceramic material, or Zirconia, to be specific, is extremely tissue- or body-friendly. It is completely non-reactive and non-allergenic and will not invite the inflammation that you often see around titanium implants, which can sometimes lead to bone loss. They are metal-free. They do not fracture easily, adding to the lifespan of your restoration. From an esthetic standpoint ceramic implants are white and have the natural translucency of real teeth, so the shadow that appears with titanium implants at the gum line is a non-issue. All-ceramic dental implants are the optimal choice because of their natural bactericidal properties. Comparatively, dental implants comprised of a titanium post and abutment components with a ceramic crown often have inflammation at the point where the two different materials meet.

Single Implant Placement

Whether it is an anterior (front) or a posterior (back) tooth that needs to be replaced, more patients, young and old alike, want the permanence of a dental implant instead of a removable appliance. Why? Because a fixed restoration, such as a dental implant, is preferable to a removable restoration—for example a 3-unit bridge—because once it’s in, it in, like your own tooth. No need to take it out every night like you would an appliance to do additional hygienic maintenance or brushing.

All-on-Four Procedure

An “All-on-Four” solution is an optimal treatment approach for patients who want to get rid of their dentures, and for people with failing dentition in need of a full upper or lower restoration. This procedure requires just four dental implants per jaw to support a new, fully customized set of replacement teeth. The All-on-Four treatment is painless. It is completed while you are sleeping comfortably under sedation. And you receive a full set of replacement teeth in just 24 hours, resulting in immediate functionality—so you can get on with life as usual.

Full-Mouth Rehabilitation

For patients requiring more comprehensive treatment, the restoration of the mouth involving every tooth in the upper arch, lower arch, or both, full-mouth rehabilitation is a good option for patients whose teeth are excessively worn down, damaged, or missing, or for those who have problems with TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, also called the jaw joint. Beyond creating an unattractive appearance, these conditions can cause difficulty in chewing, poor nutrition, gastrointestinal upset, TMJ problems, headaches, pain, and even facial collapse. Full mouth restoration, which can include a variety of crowns, veneers, onlays, bridges, or implants, is typically accomplished in two to four office visits. This treatment approach sometimes requires further consultation with specialists to provide you the optimal treatment plan. Full mouth cases take hours of planning and development, so on your scheduled appointment days, Dr. Manesh will keep his day open for you when necessary, dedicating the appropriate amount of time for your treatment.