Dental Implants for Complete Smiles in Redwood City
If you have one or more teeth that needs replacing, chances are good that you’re considering dental implants. At Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Fong and his team can help you rebuild your smile through high-quality implant treatment. We use innovative technology and a modern office to provide the best possible care, and with the help of our periodontist for expert implant placement, your entire treatment can all happen in one familiar location.
Whether you’re ready for dental implants or still exploring possibilities, our team is ready to help! Contact us to schedule your visit today!
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Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth are much more than a cosmetic issue. Even a single lost tooth can have serious consequences for your oral and overall health.
When teeth are lost, the jawbone loses the stimulation provided by the tooth root. It gradually begins shrinking, weakening the bone around it and altering the facial structure. Any teeth near a gap can also drift out of alignment, leading to chewing problems, jaw pain, and uneven wear.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement that can effectively replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. The implant is made of biocompatible titanium. When the post is placed in the jaw, the bone fuses to it, creating a permanent bond. With this post, the jaw receives chewing stimulation once more, and your jawbone is preserved.
Once topped with a lifelike restoration, dental implants return your ability to eat, speak, and live just as you could with your natural tooth. Our practice uses Straumann® dental implants, some of the highest quality implants available, to provide the best possible results for our patients.
Top 5 Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer numerous advantages. Here’s what you can expect when you receive yours:
- Permanent – The process of fusing with the bone makes dental implants permanent. If the restoration needs replacing, attaching a new one to the implant is simple and painless.
- Stable – Since implants are rooted just like teeth, they keep restorations firmly in place – no slipping when eating or speaking.
- Convenient – Dental implants are easy to care for. You can simply brush and floss them just like normal teeth!
- Lifelike – Each implant-supported restoration is designed to look good and fit well within your smile, providing you with optimal function and aesthetics.
- Effective – All implants are placed at the precise location, angle, and depth to provide optimal support, allowing them to completely restore your speaking and chewing ability without impacting your remaining teeth.
How Many Teeth Can Implants Replace?
With the right configuration, dental implants can replace any number of teeth, from a single tooth to an entire arch. Since they can support any type of restoration, dental implants are the most versatile of all tooth replacement options.
During the planning stage, the dentist examines your mouth to determine how many teeth need to be replaced. Depending on the situation, this could include extracting teeth that are unhealthy and likely to fail, especially if you only have a few teeth remaining. Once the number of replacement teeth is known, the implant dentist explains what kind of restoration will provide the most benefits.
Common options include:
Dr. Fong then evaluates how many implant posts are needed to support this restoration, depending on the size, location, position, and jawbone strength. The goal is to provide as much biting and chewing ability as natural teeth, so the quality of your implant-supported restoration makes a big difference. We rely on a local dental lab that uses high-tech equipment and top-quality materials to create custom restorations that are both strong, functional, and aesthetically appealing.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
The good news is that most people who’ve lost teeth can be good candidates for dental implants! Since implants can replace one or many teeth, we can adapt them to fit your unique situation.
The most important factor in receiving implants is your oral health. Your implants require support from the jawbone, which can become weak and brittle after teeth are lost. This is why it’s more helpful to discuss dental implants shortly after losing a tooth. If the jawbone is weak, a bone graft using transplanted bone or a synthetic substitute may help to strengthen it.
Gum health has a huge impact on dental implants as well. If gums are unhealthy, they pull back, removing support, and can even shrink the jawbone over time. If you have signs of gum disease, Dr. Fong and our periodontist will work to help you overcome it before proceeding with dental implants.
High-Tech Dental Exams
When evaluating someone for dental implants, the more accurate our examination is, the better your results will be. We use state-of-the-art technology to gain as much detail as possible about someone’s oral health and structure. This includes the highest-quality radiograph sensors for detailed and comprehensive digital x-rays, which allow us to zoom in on specific areas, identify problems, and create the most effective treatment plan.
The Dental Implant Process
Getting dental implants can seem intimidating, but our team works together to help make your treatment a positive and rewarding experience. Combining our skill and training with innovative technology and high-quality materials helps to make the whole process easier for you while also delivering the best results.
The planning stage starts with a thorough examination of your oral health and structure. First, we determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants, then decide on the number and placement needed to complete your smile. Our first-rate digital x-rays provide optimal imaging so that no detail is overlooked.
We have a skilled periodontist (an expert in gums and oral structure) who places the dental implants. The precise location, angle, and depth of each implant is carefully calculated to provide the best support. Our operatories use LED lighting to create a brighter field, improving our treatment ability while also using less energy.
Depending on your unique situation, you may receive all of your implants at once, or more than one visit may be needed to complete implant placement. Dr. Fong will talk you through all aspects of your treatment plan so that you have a full understanding of what will happen during this and other stages.
After all the implants are placed, your body will need time to rest before completing them with a restoration. You’ll be given a temporary restoration to use while your bone and tissues heal. During this phase, the jawbone will fuse to the dental implant and create a permanent bond. The resting phase typically takes a few months to complete this process and ensure the implants are stable.
Once the implants have fully fused, we can complete them with your custom restoration. Dr. Fong expertly places your restoration, ensuring a comfortable fit. You can now use your new teeth to eat, speak, and smile just like you used to!
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants can vary depending on several factors. The number of implants, the type of restoration, and any prior treatments like bone grafts all figure into the final cost.
When you visit for an implant evaluation, Dr. Fong will talk you through all the aspects of your treatment, what it entails, and a pricing estimate. If you have questions about treatment cost, what your insurance will cover, and available financing options, our staff will be happy to help you.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
For most patients, dental implants are permanent once placed and don’t shift, break, or otherwise face problems. While the restoration may break or become worn, replacing them is a simple and painless process, and the implant post itself stays firmly in place.
It’s very rare for a dental implant to fail. In such cases, this is because of a disease or traumatic injury that disrupts the implant. The most common cause would be severe gum disease, which weakens the implant’s support structure. You may be more susceptible to gum disease if you:
- Smoke or chew tobacco
- Use certain prescriptions, such as blood pressure medication
- Drink alcohol in excess
- Are diabetic
- Are pregnant or planning for children
If any of these apply to you, be sure to discuss it with Dr. Fong. He will work with you to determine your best options to help minimize the risk of gum disease.
Get Started With Dental Implants Today!
At Advanced Dentistry, we’re committed to providing you with top-notch treatment in every service. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will always strive to provide you with a comprehensive and welcoming experience, and we’ll do all we can to make your dental implant treatment a smooth and rewarding process.
Give our office a call to schedule your evaluation today!
CALL US: (650) 474-0551 REQUEST APPOINTMENT