Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cleaning and Eating with Your Dental Implants

In preparation of your dental implant procedure, your dental surgeon has probably gone over various details of the aftercare steps you will have to take to maintain your implant’s health over time. That’s right, your dental implants, though artificially made, still require regular hygienic care like your natural teeth. Certain dietary adjustments and regular cleaning routines will have to be followed according to your dentist’s instructions.

Just like your original teeth, dental implants can be damaged over time if neglected or not properly taken care of. Although they are considered a “permanent” tooth replacement option, their lifespan heavily depends on how you (the patient) cares for them. Read below to find out more information on what cleaning and eating habits you’ll need to follow to properly care for your dental implants.

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As mentioned earlier in this article, dental implants act very similarly to your natural teeth and despite not being able to decay, they can suffer damages if not cleaned regularly. So what does a typical hygiene routine look like when caring for implants? Well, according to The Silberg Center for Dental Science, the routine is basically the same as your normal routine. See more below.


“The daily care of dental implants is very similar to the care of natural teeth. Restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque free twice a day using a brush and floss. Cleaning is especially important after meals. This is accomplished by gently brushing, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.

Oral hygiene aids may include:

Small, soft, manual toothbrush or an electric brush
Low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste
Dental floss for cleaning around the abutments
Other supplies that may be recommended by the doctor can include:

Antimicrobial mouth rinses
Inter-dental brushes or other aids for removing plaque between the teeth on either side of the implant(s)
Disclosing tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation”

You may not think that eating habits impact your dental implants health but think again. Certain foods that you eat can still dramatically alter the quality of health in the surrounding areas of your implant such as the gums. In the first few weeks after your surgery, it will also be necessary to go on a “soft food diet” to prevent pain and infection from occurring. See here what the Texas Oral Surgery Specialists have to say about eating habits after dental implant surgery:

Are there food restrictions with tooth implants?

“Although you will eventually be able to enjoy a complete diet, you should check with your oral surgeon for specific instructions on foods that you may need to eliminate as you heal from the tooth implant placement procedure. For example, patients typically need to maintain a softer diet (including foods like eggs, applesauce, mashed potatoes, ice cream) in the first couple of weeks after the dental implants are placed, as chewing crunchy or sticky items could interfere with that initial healing process. Ask your surgeon if you have any questions about when you can resume a normal diet.

Additionally, you should use common sense when chewing with your dental implants. You don’t have carte blanche to gnaw on whatever you want. Anything that could damage your biological teeth (ice cubes, non-food items like pencils and fingernails, using your teeth to open packages, etc.) can harm your dental implants, too.”

Now that it’s clear how important it is to take care of your implants by cleaning them daily and practicing safe eating habits, let’s examine how long the lifespan of a dental implant can actually reach. AZ Family Dental talks this topic in the following article and what influences the life expectancy of a dental implant.

Ask Dr. Parker: Are Dental Implants Permanent?

“How well you take care of your dental implants, like daily flossing and brushing, seeing a dentist every six months.
Avoiding chewing or biting down on extremely hard items, like pen tips or pencils, and not opening things with your teeth.
How skillful your dentist is at placing your dental implant. Experts know how to evaluate the progress of osseointegration and whether your jawbone has completely absorbed the implant.
Your lifestyle and overall health.”

If you’re interested in learning more about dental implant care, reach out to the dental health experts at All In One Dental Innovations by calling us at (925)-828-9811 today!

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Are Dental Implants Covered By Insurance?

Most major decisions, even when it comes to your health, are heavily influenced by cost. It's totally not out of the question for you to wonder if a dental treatment is really worth it if it's going to drain your wallet. So if your dentist told you that you need dental implants, you probably want to know how expensive they are first and if they're covered by insurance.

Read down below to find out more on whether or not dental implant surgery is indeed covered by your health insurance and what the out-of-pocket cost might look like if it isn't.

So, are the costs of dental implants covered by insurance? Well, in the past, most insurances actually did not cover the cost of dental implants but instead offered to pay for alternative solutions like dentures because they were cheaper for the insurance company to pay for. However, that's slowly started to change over the years.

More and more insurance companies are starting to change their coverage policies to fully or partially cover dental implants. Here's what the American Academy of Implant Dentistry has to say the subject:

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

"Recognizing the long-term patient benefits over other treatment options, an increasing number of insurance companies have started providing some coverage. If yours doesn’t, ask them if they will give you an allowance towards dental implants equal to the cost of a bridge or traditional dentures. Also ask your implant dentist about financing and payment options. Locate an implant dentist near you."


Let's say your insurance happens to not cover the cost of dental implants. You'll definitely be curious to know then how much the out-of-pocket cost for implant surgery will end up being. In the article below, Authority Dental reviews the average costs for both scenarios (insurance coverage versus no coverage). Take a look.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost? The Average Prices For Full Mouth & Single Tooth Implants

"A single-tooth dental implant cost between $1,000 and $3,000. The abutment and crown add between $500 and $3,000. So, the cost of a full dental implant is between $1,500 and $6,000.

This is the average out-of-pocket price without the help of dental insurance or discount plans. This estimate includes dental implant surgery and some associated costs such as the initial consultation), but the total cost of your procedure may be even higher depending on your circumstances."


If your insurance policy doesn't cover even the partial cost of your dental implant(s), don't lose hope. There are still other options that will get you the financial assistance you need. In fact, most dental clinics will over a broad range of payment options to help patients who don't have full-coverage insurance plans to pay for their dental implant.

Dental care providers just want their patients to get the treatment they deserve, so don't miss out on your opportunity by stressing over the initial cost of your dental implant procedure. Colgate explores these options down below.

Dental Implants Cost Explained

"Dental Discount Plans
One way to pay less for implants is to join a dental discount plan, many of which offer 5 to 40 percent off dental implants cost, according to the New York Times. Make sure the plan you're considering does offer a discount on implants, and check if the plan has a waiting period before you can use the discount.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Another option, if you have a flexible spending account at work, is to use assets from that account to pay part of the cost. Often you can benefit from this by basing coverage on the two-part process of getting an implant: putting in the implant and then covering it with a crown six to 12 weeks later. TIME suggests scheduling the implant at the end of a calendar year, and then receiving your crown the following year. This schedule lets you use money from two years of your pretax flexible spending account, saving you as much as 30 percent if you're in a higher tax bracket.

Of course, ask your dentist about financing plans as well."

To see if your insurance covers the cost of your dental implant procedure, be sure to consult with All-In-One Dental Innovations today by calling us at (925) 828-9811!

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Friday, February 23, 2018

What Is A Dental Implant?

Many patients are already familiar with tooth replacements such as dentures or bridges, but they are less familiar with dental implants. All In One Dental Innovations seeks to combat this lack of knowledge by offering expertise on dental implants and why implant dentistry can be the perfect permanent solution for achieving your dream smile. After reading through this article, please stop our implant dentistry guide to learn more!


Why Would Implant Dentistry Be Necessary?

Dental implants can be great options for numerous reasons and are considered a popular treatment due to the long-term results they can offer as opposed to more temporary procedures. Those who have decayed, missing, chipped, or failing teeth are potential candidates for implant dentistry. Patients who are experiencing, or at risk of having, gum disease are also candidates for dental implants.

Unhealthy teeth can dramatically influence the status of your other teeth and eventually alter the health of other areas of your body; so it’s vital to take immediate action by either removing the tooth or quickly improving the area of concern. If you’re missing teeth, that can majorly impact your self-confidence and ability to feel comfortable in public or even around close friends. Dental implants help to tackle this issue by acting as a perfect alternative to natural teeth while providing longer functionality if taken care of properly.

Although patients must take care to maintain their implants, they are fairly low-maintenance and resistant to common damages that natural teeth are more vulnerable to. Once the implant is installed, you will have to take care to follow a regular hygiene routine and have follow-up appointments to monitor the ongoing health of the implant area. Failure to practice a daily hygiene routine won’t result in tooth decay like a natural tooth because of the materials that the dental implant is made from; however, your gums can become at risk for periodontal disease and the finish of the implant may be compromised. Once the finish of the implant is worn away, the implant becomes susceptible to staining from products like wine, coffee, and other strongly acidic or pigmented beverages.


What Are Dental Implants Made From?

It’s important that implants are made of durable, safe materials because they are meant to be long-lasting tools for tooth replacement. Dental implant components are also mainly crafted of materials that are compatible with the human body and that present a natural-looking appearance.


The ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers can offer extended insight into the various components of a dental implant:


Dental implants typically have three parts:

1) The implant: A screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to your jaw.

2) The abutment: A permanent, but removable by your doctor, connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.

3) The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and good looks.

These three parts are specially designed to fit perfectly to your surrounding teeth and gums. They are also made of materials that are meant to last for long periods and that are safe when exposed to areas of bone or gum tissue. The screw part of the implant is especially composed of materials that promote the growth of the jawbone around it so that the implant will remain stable and in alignment. Artificial crowns can also be tinted to a chosen shade to match your other teeth and provide a natural look.


What’s The Dental Implant Procedure Like?

Depending on each patient’s individual health status, your doctor will provide you with an IV for oral sedation or local anesthesia. These tools help to numb the area during operation and prevent you from experiencing any pain or discomfort during the surgery. If you are using anesthesia, you may be recommended to eat a healthy meal prior to surgery because eating soon afterward might bring some discomfort. However, patients using the oral sedation method are encouraged not to eat or drink prior to their surgery. Some other pre-surgery recommendations are also advised such as using antibiotics and using a prescribed antibacterial mouthwash to ensure the patient is provided the doctor with a clean, healthy area to work with.

Once your mouth is completely numbed, an incision is made along the gums where the implant is to be placed to expose the jawbone underneath. The bone will then be carefully drilled to create a space for the implant to fit into by tightly screwing the implant’s post to the jawbone. The abutment piece is then secured to the post of the implant and the gums are resealed to begin their healing process. An impression will be made of the abutment and surrounding teeth to create a custom crown to fit comfortably on the implant above the gums. The crown will then be sealed to the rest of the implant and after healing, should have the same appearance and functionality as a natural tooth.

There will be some discomfort after your surgery that will eventually diminish over time. If you experience ongoing pain or notice any negative changes, it’s extremely important to contact your doctor to schedule a consultation to prevent any infection from occurring.


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How Safe Is A Dental Implant?

Want to know more about implant dentistry before deciding on a procedure? All In One Innovations is ready to educate you on dental implant safety and the risks involved with this treatment. It is our hope that through thorough learning about the implant surgery that you will feel at ease and confident about the decision you’re making towards having a healthier and better-looking smile.


Understanding Dental Implants

Before delving into the risks of having a dental implant procedure and the safety surrounding the operation, it is important to understand the implant’s purpose as well as what it can offer you leading into the future. Dental implants are an alternative option to dentures, bridges, and crowns; they provide the same function as these other tools but are made to be more permanent. Patients are usually attracted to dental implants because of this durability and the fact that they won’t have to remove their teeth every night or endure uncomfortable rubbing that you might experience from other devices like dentures.

Implants are custom made to fit perfectly alongside your other teeth and act as a mirror-replica of your natural teeth. They are designed to secure tightly into your jawbone and offer the same functionality as your other teeth without the fragility. Due to the strong materials that are used to compose dental implants, they can last a lifetime if cared for properly while allowing you to eat and smile in comfort.


Types of Dental Implants

Now that you know the basic purpose of a dental implant, it’s beneficial to learn the various types of implants and technologies that are available. Implants come in many different sizes to perfectly fit each patient and meet their individual needs. They also come in two main types--either endosteal or subperiosteal which are differentiated on whether they rest within or above the jawbone.

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry offers extended information about these two types on their website:

  • Endosteal implants: These dental implants are placed in the jawbone. Typically shaped like small screws, cylinders or plates, they are the most commonly used type of implant.
  • Subperiosteal implants: These dental implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone. This type of implant may be used in patients who have a shallow jawbone and cannot or do not want to undergo a procedure to rebuild it.


Endosteal implants are typically regarded to be the safer type of the two implants because they are more stable in their placement within the jawbone and are less likely to be associated with potential nerve damage. Subperiosteal implants run the risk of catalyzing nerve damage due to their placement in the gums but are the better option for patients who have shallow jawbones because attempting to secure the post of the implant too deep into the jawbone could cause severe damages. Patients getting either type of implant should be careful to choose their dental surgeon wisely and only trust highly regarded professionals--such as the associates at All In One Dental Innovations.


An Overview Of The Procedure

The first part of a standard implant procedure consists of numbing the patient’s mouth to prevent any discomfort from arising during the operation. Your doctor will usually opt for either local anesthesia or an IV method for oral sedation depending on your individual health record and preferences. Once the area is thoroughly numbed, the procedure will begin with your doctor making a small incision into the gum area of where the implant is to be inserted. It is crucial that this incision is properly executed in order to avoid nerve damage and that it is thoroughly cleaned in order to clear a visible workspace for the surgeon.

The doctor will then drill into the jawbone to clear a space for the implant to fit tightly into later on. This step must be executed with extreme precision as the drilling can potentially cause damage to the bone, nerves, and tissue surrounding the surgical area. Once the space is safely created, the doctor will screw in the post of the implant and secure a connecting piece to it that will rest above the gums. Once the metal post is secure, the gums are resealed over the implant--typically with stitches--so that they can begin to heal. A custom crown, crafted of porcelain or zirconium will be later secured to the abutment (connector piece) of the implant which will act similarly to a natural crown. After the healing process, your implant will be able to function similarly to your other teeth by allowing you to eat and speak normally while granting you a beautiful smile.


A Review of The Risks and Results Of Dental Implants

  • Nerve Damage: During surgery, the drilling and incision-making steps can potentially cause nerve damage if not executed properly.
  • Bone Damage: Bone damage can also occur during the drilling process if the drill is pressed too deep into the bone or without caution.
  • Infection: A patient might develop an infection if they do not properly care for their implant after surgery by practicing a regular hygiene routine to keep the area clean and healthy.
  • Minor to Severe Pain: Patients will typically experience minor pain after surgery which will diminish over time, but might experience more severe pain if failing to properly care for their implant.
  • Beautiful Smile: On the brighter side of implant dentistry, your implant will help restore your smile and allow you to feel confident when you show your smile.
  • Normal Functionality: Dental implants will look and perform just like your natural teeth allowing you to live out your daily life in comfort.
  • Longer-lasting: Implants offer longer-lasting results compared to dentures and are permanently sealed so you won’t have to worry about taking them out at night or painful rubbing from use.
  • Affordable: Implant dentistry procedures are made to be fairly affordable for patients and are covered by many dental insurance companies. If you don’t have insurance, All In One Dental Innovations also offers alternative methods of payment so that you don’t have to experience ongoing discomfort and can get the dental care you deserve.


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Are Dental Implants Permanent?

Looking for a permanent solution for achieving your best smile? Then dental implants are the perfect option for you! Come learn about the durability of implant dentistry with All In One Dental Innovations and the longer-lasting performance that implants have over other temporary options like dentures or bridges.


Implant Dentistry vs. Dentures or Bridges

You might be curious about how dental implants measure up to dentures and bridges over time. If implants are given the proper care, they can last a lifetime and the best part is that they don’t need to be taken out or put back in each day. Dental implants give the appearance and feel of completely natural teeth. Dentures and bridges may appear to look fairly natural from a distance, but they can be easily removed which might cause you some discomfort with your appearance without them.

Dentures and Bridges might also have to be readjusted over time as your other teeth change in order to avoid ill-fitting mouthpieces. When not fitted properly, dentures and bridges can cause painful irritation to the gums by rubbing up against them constantly. Those who opt for dental implants never have to worry about this issue because the implant acts as a perfect replica of a natural tooth that comfortably--and permanently--settles into the jawbone. With a dental implant, you don’t have to worry about putting it in every day and can go about your day in confidence knowing that your smile looks naturally beautiful.

One thing to be cautious of when considering dental implants, however, is that there is a minor chance for implant failure depending on the patient and the dental surgeon installing them. It’s vital for patients to find a dental health professional with the right qualifications and procedure history to execute their surgery in order for it to be successful. It’s also crucial to thoroughly discuss your options and what type of implant is right for you depending on a number of factors including the depth of your jawbone. If you have a shallow jawbone and the doctor tries to drill in the screw post part of the implant too deep, you might be at risk for potential damage to your gums, nerves, or jawbone.

Patients also should take care to follow all pre-surgery recommendations such as rinsing with a special oral solution and taking antibiotics in order to provide the doctor with the healthiest conditions to work with while operating. If you and your dental care provider make the effort to ensure the best conditions for surgery, your implant will be successful and last you for many more years down the road in comparison to other alternatives.

For more info, you can check out our complete guide to dental implants.

Implant Materials Compared To Your Natural Teeth

A dental implant typically composed of three different parts--the crown, root, and abutment. Each is made up of unique materials, but they are all designed to be durable in their environment and compatible with the human body so as to not cause any discomfort throughout the implant’s use.

The crown is usually made of either porcelain or a zirconium substance designed to look like a natural tooth but is ultimately more stable and less susceptible to easy damage from chipping or staining. Although, if a patient doesn’t properly care for their crown, the protective glaze that surrounds the porcelain could wear away--making it vulnerable to discoloration and other minor issues.

The “root” of the implant is normally made of metal--often stainless steel or titanium--that has a screw-like shape which is useful for installation into the jawbone or into the gums. This unique design allows the post of the implant to easily secure into the jawbone giving the implant a tight fit and preventing it from maladjustment over time. The root’s composition also allows the gums and bones surrounding it to heal around the post which also helps to properly secure it.

The abutment is just a small connector piece that rests on top of the root part of the implant to connect it to the crown. This connector part lies just above the gums and allows the crown to be more securely sealed to rest of the implant. An abutment is typically composed of similar materials to the post part of the implant and is shaped either hexagonal or octagonal.


An Impactful Care Routine

A crucial part to ensuring that your dental implants continue to last over time is maintaining a proper care routine. Just like your natural teeth, implants also need to be brushed, flossed, and rinsed with mouthwash daily to avoid bacterial buildup or infection. Although the actual crown of the implant won’t deteriorate like a natural crown, it can still be damaged and the collection of bacteria on the tooth can still attack living areas like the gums which will eventually cause periodontal disease.

Take a look at what The Silberg Center For Dental Science recommends for implant care and maintenance:

“Oral hygiene aids may include:

  • Small, soft, manual toothbrush or an electric brush
  • Low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste
  • Dental floss for cleaning around the abutments

Other supplies that may be recommended by the doctor can include:

  • Antimicrobial mouth rinses
  • Interdental brushes or other aids for removing plaque between the teeth on either side of the implant(s)
  • Disclosing tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation

You must be committed not only to daily performance of dental hygiene at home, but to regular visits to your dentist. It is recommended that you see your dentist every 3 6 months for a professional exam and cleaning. The dental implants should be examined with an x-ray annually.”


If you’d like to know more about dental implant surgery and the long-term benefits it can provide you with, consult with our expert staff at All In One Dental Innovations by either calling us at (925) 828-9811 or stopping by our Dublin, California, location today! You can also resquest an appointment online!

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How Exactly Do Dental Implants Work?

Curious to find out how dental implants really work? All In One Dental Innovations is ready to provide a thorough explanation of dental implants and their performance as long-term tooth replacements. You can also read our implant guide to learn more!


The Different Parts Of A Dental Implant

Although a dental implant is meant to act as an artificial replacement to natural teeth, implants are composed of similar parts--a “root” and “crown.” These two parts are joined together with a connector piece called an abutment.

The root of the tooth implant is generally composed of a metal material like titanium because of its durability. This metal “root” is shaped in the form of a screw that can be tightly installed into the jawbone of the patient or, in some cases where patients have shallow jawbones, into the gums. The ridges of the screw along with a special bone growth promoting substance coating the screw allow the bone to heal perfectly around the implant. It’s crucial that the bone and gum tissue heal properly around the implant so that it can be held in place without the risk for later maladjustment.

The crown is often composed of porcelain for a natural-looking finish that replicates the appearance of a natural tooth. Artificial crowns can also be composed of metal materials or a mixture of metal and porcelain depending on a patient’s budget as well as their preferences. Porcelain crowns are fairly sturdy and, similarly to the implant’s root, also have a special coating; however, the coating on a crown protects it from potential issues like staining. So long as the crown is regularly cared for with proper hygiene techniques, it will continue to resist these minor damages. Crowns can also be created with a custom shade to match the patient’s other teeth which makes it look even more natural.

The abutment can be composed of a number of materials including gold, other metals, or porcelain. This part of the implant is highly important in its contribution to the structural design of the whole dental implant. The abutment securely fits into the metal post of the implant and rests just above the gums to provide a stable connection to the implant’s crown. By attaching an abutment piece to the implant, the gums have time to heal after the initial installment of the metal post into the jawbone and the abutment provides a stable platform for a permanent crown to be placed later on.


How Does A Dental Implant Function?

With the same functional capabilities as a natural tooth, a dental implant allows the patient to eat, speak, and smile normally. The missing, rotting, or otherwise damaged teeth that implants replace can cause increasing harm to a patient’s overall health. By removing and replacing them with implants, health risks are lowered thus providing the patient the opportunity to focus on improving their dental health rather than preserving it.

Implant dentists devote time and effort into pairing patients with the best implant materials suitable for them to ensure the patient’s comfort as well as the implant’s success. The permanent artificial crowns that top the implant are custom designed to fit perfectly alongside the patient’s other teeth and so that the teeth are properly aligned. Dental pieces that don’t properly fit the patient can cause crowding, pain, and implant failure.

Take a look at what the AAID has to say about the benefits of dental implants:

“Here is why you will enjoy dental implants:  Missing teeth restored with dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. You brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, same as you would to care for a natural tooth.”

Along with restoring a smile, a dental implant’s crown also allows the patient to safely break down food without any discomfort or pain. The presence of the implant will also allow the patient to speak regularly without any insecurities about their teeth or whether they will have a lisp sound when forming words.


How Implants Perform Over Time

Over time, a dental implant should perform the same as it did when it was first installed. Implants are fairly durable in comparison to other teeth replacement alternatives like dentures or bridges. Implants require little adjustment or ongoing maintenance outside of regular hygienic care such as brushing, flossing, or rinsing your teeth.

Although implants are durable, they aren’t totally indestructible and can become susceptible to damages like crown staining or chipping if not careful. The protective coating on an implants crown can wear away over time and result in the porcelain’s exposure to tinted or acidic food substances that will cause discoloration. Also, strong impact against the crown can cause chipping and other damages in extreme situations.

If an implant is damaged somehow, it can be easily repaired or replaced but it isn’t a common necessity for most patients. So long as you follow a normal hygiene routine and monitor any changes with the implant, it will continue to perform well over time. Any concerns about the implant or its maintenance should be discussed with your dental health advisor right away to prevent any hidden issues from further developing.


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Complete Dental Implant Step By Step Guide For 2018

If you’re thinking about having a dental implant procedure, you should consider all of the details involved and have a deep understanding of the process. All In One Dental Innovations seeks to provide this insight through the detailed step-by-step guide below.


Deciding If Dental Implants Are Right For You

The first step in the dental implant process is determining if you are a good candidate for implant surgery. Reasons for getting a dental implant range from preventing periodontal disease to cosmetic restoration. Here are some more specific reasons for considering a dental implant:

  • Provides a natural-looking replacement for a failing tooth
  • Prevents infection from spreading deep into the gums which can develop into periodontal disease
  • Prevents potential nerve damage after ongoing hygiene neglect
  • Restores your smile to its complete appearance and gives back your self-confidence
  • Functions similarly to a regular tooth while promoting longer-lasting performance


Choosing A Professional

After identifying the reason (or multiple reasons) behind why you need a dental implant, the next stage is to find the right dental health professional fit for your surgery. A dental implant operation is no simple ordeal and should only be executed by qualified individuals with years of experience.

Certain dental surgeons might also be more compatible with patients based on their individual skills and operation techniques. The Vancouver Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry also encourages patients to be open-minded and thorough in their research of implant dental surgeons:

“Keep in mind that there is a very wide range of skills and techniques among implant surgeons.”

For instance, there are different types of implants--those installed in the jawbone (endosteal) and those that rest above the jawbone deep within the gums (subperiosteal). Consulting with a skilled dentist is crucial to ensuring a safe, successful implant procedure by first determining the best implant type suited to your body. Patients with shallow jawbones typically require the subperiosteal type of implant which is also the least common.

Some risks associated with dental implants, in general, include nerve and bone damage--these risks are increased when dealing with shallow jawbones. Failure to identify the proper implant type for a patient or to have the procedure executed by a trusted professional might result in the drilling of the implant too far into the jawbone or the instability of the implant within the gums. This is why finding a dental surgeon with the right combination of expertise and experience is vital to ensuring your safety as well as the success of the implant.


Implant Materials

The particular composition of an implant typically depends heavily on the patient and the preferred technology used by your dental surgeon. Although materials may vary, the structural design of a dental implant usually remains the same and can be broken down into three parts--the root, crown, and abutment.

The “root” of the implant is meant to mirror the shape and functions of a natural tooth. Meant to act as the post and base of a tooth implant, the root needs to be composed of extremely durable materials. In most cases, the root is primarily made of titanium in the shape of a screw to be tightly sealed into the patient’s jawbone. This screw is often coated with a substance that stimulates quick bone-regeneration so that the jawbone can quickly heal perfectly around the root and hold it in place.

The crown of the implant is often composed of porcelain or metal and gives a similar shape to a natural tooth. Porcelain crowns allow patients to restore their smile without drawing attention to the fact that dental work was ever done. These artificial crowns are also beneficial in that they last longer than natural teeth and won’t easily be susceptible to damages. Implant crowns are often coated with a protective sealant that also works to prevent staining if properly maintained with regular care.

An abutment piece is the connector part of the dental implant that joins the root to the crown. The abutment is often composed of either gold, porcelain, or titanium and rests just above the gums. This part of the tooth implant is securely screwed into the post or “root” of the implant that rests below the gums and in the jawbone. The abutment is an important component of the implant that ensures greater stability of the crown and the ability for the gums to naturally heal around the implant.


Pre-Surgery Steps

Prior to providing any dental implant services, your dental health advisor will consult with you to discuss hygiene and dietary actions necessary to be executed prior to the procedure. Most patients won’t be able to eat close to the time of their operation because it will interfere with the anesthesia that will be provided during the surgery.

Along with following their dentist’s dietary recommendations, patients will also be required to use a special mouth rinse, in some cases, or prescribed medication to provide healthy conditions for the surgeon to operate under.

Your doctor will also run through the procedure with you to clear up any last-minute questions or concerns you may have in order to ensure your comfort and confidence in the implant surgery before the actual operation day.


What’s The Procedure Like?

After the patient is provided with a local anesthetic or IV sedation, the dental surgeon will work to remove any damaged teeth from the area where the new implant is to be placed. If no bone grafting is needed in the jawbone, the oral surgeon will then drill a space into the jawbone where the metal post (root) of the implant will be placed.

In some situations, the abutment can be installed onto the post right away and the gums are resealed over the implant to heal over a period of months. Depending on the surgeon and the patient, a temporary crown can be placed on the abutment and replaced with the permanent crown later on or the doctor will wait for the tissue to heal around the abutment portion of the implant before adding any type of crown. A dental implant procedure spans over a period of months and is dependent on a number of factors including the necessity of bone grafting, the patients healing rate, the type of implant, and other impactful variables.


Benefits Of Having Dental Implants

In review, here are some of the many advantages of dental implants:

  • Permanence: Implants are permanent and don’t have to be put in or removed every day like alternative options (dentures). You can rest assured knowing your smile isn’t going anywhere and is completely yours.
  • Natural-looking: With dentures or bridges, you can sometimes immediately tell that a smile is artificial. Dental implants, however, provide a natural-looking smile that no one will question as being fake.
  • Structurally Strong: Unlike your natural teeth, the components of an implant won’t easily decay or face simple damages. So long as they are properly cared for, implants can last a lifetime with little ongoing maintenance.
  • Functional: Although dental implants are composed of materials different from natural teeth, they still provide the same functionality in allowing you to eat and speak normally.
  • Safe: The dental implant procedure is fairly safe when executed by a qualified professional and ensures patients don’t have to make high risks to achieve their dream smile.
  • Little Pain: Dental implant surgery also results in minor pain throughout the healing process that will quickly diminish over time and can be combated with simple medication like Tylenol or Advil.


Get In Touch

If you are still curious about the dental implant process and would like to know more, feel free to reach out to the All In One Dental Innovations office at (925) 828-9811 to consult with one of our dental health experts! You can also request an appointment online.

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