When you lose a tooth, it is best for your oral health to have it replaced. Missing teeth can affect your “bite” as well as your ability to speak and chew. Their loss can increase the burden on your remaining teeth and can cause muscle pain in your jaws and headaches. And of course, losing a tooth can affect your appearance. It is best to prevent any changes to the normal function of your mouth and appearance and replace the missing tooth immediately. The best option is with a dental implant.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
You will need to undergo a detailed dental/radiographic examination and health history to evaluate if dental implants are a good option for you. During this consultation, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr Segovia. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are placed into the jaw bone. With conventional implants, small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Conventional implants Vs Mini Dental Implants
For most patients, the placement of conventional dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone by an Oral Surgeon or a Periodontist. For the first four to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. If your implants will support a denture, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. If your implants will support a crown or bridge in few cases you would wear a provisional crown/bridge. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. At a second surgery, the surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Segovia can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be conn
ected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
With mini dental implants, the procedure is a much less involved process than conventional dental implants. For this reason, the procedure can usually be completed in one simple dental appointment with no additional surgery. In addition to saving time in the dental office, you will have reduced discomfort following this procedure due to the minimally involved dental procedure (usually requiring no surgical flaps or sutures). Because the mini dental implants are so time efficient, Dr. Segovia is able to perform these procedures at a fraction of the cost associated with the larger conventional dental implants.
Benefits of minis:
- Simple, gentle, non-surgical procedure
- Immediate results
- restored confidence with speaking and eating
- Improved attractiveness of your smile
- Cost effectives
- Anchoring for dentures or cemented crowns and bridges
- Preserves bone and facial structure
Stabilize your loose dentures in one visit!
Imagine smiling, eating and speaking with confidence and comfort again!
Dr. Segovia and her caring staff will listen to you and develop a plan to reach your goals. You can get started on your very first visit with all the necessary x-rays and impressions. Why wait? Turn your dreams of a more comfortable and attractive smile into a beautiful reality!
Denture Retentive System:
- Your denture is fabricated as a normal denture
- Four or more implants are placed in one visit. The procedure requires only a few drops of local anesthesia. Each implant is placed quickly and easily. Your denture is then retro-fitted to snap on the mini implant retention heads. The mini implant system requires no extensive surgery, and with some care are ready for immediate use.
- laugh, smile, and speak with confidence and comfort.