Dental Implants – San Juan Capistrano, CA
A Permanent Solution to Your Tooth Loss
With nearly 120 million Americans missing at least one tooth, a permanent tooth replacement solution is often the most requested option. According to the American Dental Association, more than 5 million dental implants are placed each year in the U.S. Contact us if you’re ready to discover how you can become one of the millions embracing a better life with dental implants from our San Juan Capistrano, CA dentist.
Why Choose Platinum Dental Group for Dental Implants?
- In-House Start-to-Finish Process
- CT/Cone Beam Scanner for 3D Imaging
- Sedation Dentistry Available
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium or zirconia tooth replacements that are designed to restore the entire tooth structure from the root to the crown. Surgically implanted into the jawbone, they fuse with the bone through a process known as osseointegration. Their ability to provide greater stability, functionality, longevity, and better oral health makes them a popular option for individuals suffering from tooth loss.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Every dental implant patient has a different treatment plan, but the same steps must be followed to ensure the placement is successful. Learning how dental implants work is necessary so you can better understand the process and prepare for each stage, which consists of four steps: initial consultation, dental implant surgery, osseointegration, and delivery of the final restoration.
- Initial Dental Implant Consultation: You will meet with Dr. Omrani to discuss your candidacy and if you require preliminary treatment before receiving your dental implants.
- Dental Implant Surgery: You’ll receive local anesthesia before we make one or more small incisions in your gums. We’ll carefully place each dental implant before closing the gum tissue.
- Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment: Over the next 3-6 months, osseointegration will occur that causes the bone and implants to fuse. Once healed, you’ll return to receive your metal abutments.
- Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s): The final step is to receive your customized restoration. Crowns, bridges, or dentures are all possible options depending on how many teeth are missing.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide an array of benefits that cannot be matched by any other tooth replacement option, such as:
- Total replacement from root to crown
- Improved oral health
- Better jawbone stimulation
- Ability to eat your favorite foods
- Greater bite force and chewing power
- Natural-looking aesthetics
- Ability to last 30+ years with regular care
- Allow you to keep more of your natural tooth structure
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants are often a viable option for most adults living with tooth loss. While many can freely move on to dental implant surgery following the initial consultation, there is a good chance you will require preliminary treatment, especially if much time has passed since losing your teeth. Dr. Omrani will determine if you need bone grafting, a sinus lift, periodontal therapy, or tooth extraction to better prepare your smile for surgery.
Missing Single Tooth
A single missing tooth can be replaced using one titanium or zirconia implant post as well as a customized dental crown. This will allow you to eat, speak, and smile with greater ease and avoid the potential for dental drift that can occur with tooth loss.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Missing two or more teeth doesn’t mean you have to settle for a dental bridge or partial denture. Instead, we can use two dental implant posts as anchors for your customized bridge. There’s no altering of your healthy teeth, so you can keep more of your natural tooth structure.
Missing All of Your Teeth
An entire arch of missing teeth can be restored with the help of 4-6 dental implants. Unlike dentures that only sit on top of the gums, we can surgically place each post to create a foundation for your implant denture, allowing for optimal functionality and improved appearance.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants will vary from person to person, which is why it is essential that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Omrani. Once he identifies that you are a candidate for treatment, he will develop a cost estimate that includes the various components of your plan. If you’re concerned about affordability, our team will work to maximize your dental insurance benefits and explain alternative options to keep your out-of-pocket expenses low.
Dental Implant FAQs
Ready to say goodbye to the gaps in your smile? If so, you’re probably thinking about getting dental implants in San Juan Capistrano. Since it’s a major procedure that requires oral surgery, it’s completely normal to have several questions about it. Below, we’ve decided to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get from patients. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to reach out to our friendly team!
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
On average, dental implants can last well over three decades. However, the exact lifespan can vary significantly based on a patient’s health and lifestyle. If you want your newly rebuilt smile to last as long as possible, you must take proper care of it. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing every day with an ADA-approved mouthwash are a few excellent ways to ensure the long-term success of your implants. Don’t forget to attend routine checkups and avoid chewing hard, sticky foods. It’s worth noting that implants are designed to last much longer than traditional bridges or dentures.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Before the procedure begins, Dr. Omrani will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic to ensure you’re completely comfortable. You’ll also most likely be sedated, which will lower your body’s ability to register pain. Although the surgery itself shouldn’t hurt, your mouth will feel sore and sensitive for the next few days. The good news is you can easily manage your discomfort by taking prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication, using cold compresses, and diligently following your aftercare instructions. If your symptoms worsen instead of improving, give our office a call for assistance.
What Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail?
Even though it’s uncommon, dental implant failure usually occurs for one of two reasons:
- Peri-Implantitis – A form of gum disease that develops from poor oral hygiene, damaging the bone and gums supporting the implant.
- Failed Osseointegration – This happens when the implant fails to successfully integrate with the jawbone. It’s more common in patients who had low jawbone density to begin with.
A few other causes of dental implant failure include chronic teeth grinding (bruxism), tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, and certain medications. During your consultation, Dr. Omrani will explain how you can minimize your risk of implant failure.
Can I Get Dental Implants If I Smoke?
It’s certainly possible for smokers to get dental implants, but they have a higher rate of implant failure. Smoking and chewing tobacco cause dry mouth, which delays healing and interferes with the implants’ ability to fuse with the jawbone. For that reason, it’s strongly recommended that smokers quit at least two weeks before the procedure and wait to resume the habit for at least two to three months afterward. Of course, this is the perfect opportunity to kick the habit to the curb for good.