Dental Implants

If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, you’ll lose at least one tooth in your lifetime. So what do you do when you have missing teeth? You could get a dental bridge or partial dentures, but they aren’t very natural-looking or long-lasting. Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanent, secure and look and function like your natural teeth.

Before implants

Before implants

Dr. Beltran can replace one, multiple or all your teeth with permanent dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

According to the American Association of Periodontology (AAP), “a dental implant is an artificial tooth

After dental implants

After dental implants

root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.” Implant dentistry is the area of dentistry that specializes in these dental implants.

Types of Teeth Replacement

Traditional dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone and eventually fuse to it over time, thus strengthening it. Dental implant alternatives usually sit on the jawbone instead, causing teeth to shift and your face to collapse, even if you just have one missing tooth. Fortunately, implant dentistry can address everything from one missing tooth to missing all your teeth.

Here is a breakdown of each type:
One tooth – The simplest form of implant dentistry, this replaces one tooth via a dental implant (called an abutment) and a custom-made, natural-looking crown.
Multiple teeth – If you have multiple missing teeth that are next to each other, you’ll usually receive a fixed bridge that’s supported with two dental implants. This ensures a proper fit while maintaining jaw stimulation.
All teeth – There are multiple implant options available for people missing all of their teeth. You can get a form of an extended bridge, multiple implants and bridges or an innovative procedure like All-on-4, which replaces all of your teeth using four secure dental implants.

10 Things to Ask an Implant Dentist or All-on-4 Dentist

Though well worth it, dental implants are a significant financial investment. This is especially true for the revolutionary All-on-4 dental implant system. As with all big decisions in life, you may have some questions before you make a commitment. But where do you start? Many patients don’t know what to ask. Here are 10 questions to ask an implant or All-on-4 dentist:

1. How do implants and All-on-4 differ from other missing tooth solutions? Try to really understand the advantages of dental implants and how they compare to the pros and cons of other solutions like dentures and bridges. Your dentist should talk about bone loss, convenience, function, etc.
2. What is your experience in placing implants or All-on-4? Any general dentist is legally allowed to place an implant, so make sure your dentist has the proper training, experience and success placing implants or All-on-4.
3. Am I a candidate for dental implants or All-on-4? More and more people are candidates for dental implants and All-on-4, but you need a health mouth and enough bone to support them. Some patients who aren’t candidates for implants are candidates for All-on-4, so keep that in mind as well.
4. How are you going to plan the procedure? Will the dentist use 3D imaging? Surgical guides? Digital photography? Planning is one of the most important parts of the dental implant or All-on-4 procedure.
5. What kind of materials are you going to use? You want to make sure the materials used will: 1, be sturdy enough to last as a permanent solution; and 2, be compatible with your body.
6. What steps are involved in the procedure? Have the dentist break down all parts of the dental implant process so you have a good idea of what to expect.
7. Will it be painful? You should experience minimal or no pain during the procedure, especially with anesthetics. Many patients and dentist also prefer using sedation during dental implant and All-on-4 procedures.
8. How long will the entire process take? From planning to procedure and healing time, try to get a good idea of how long the procedure will take and if you need to take any time off work.
9. Is there anything I should do to ensure my implants are successful? If you’re a smoker or use certain drugs, you may be at a higher risk of dental implant integration failure.
10. What is the total cost for the procedure? Try to get an exact quote for everything involved in the process to ensure it fits your budget and there are no surprises down the road.

By answering these questions, an implant or All-on-4 dentist should give you peace of mind about making the right decision for your unique situation.

If you’d like to know more about dental implants or All-on-4, schedule a complimentary consultation with us today!