San Jose, CA
Having missing or lost teeth in your mouth can be a source of great concern.
You will be unable to have a perfect smile since you will have a fear of people seeing the gaps in your mouth.
Also, you might have trouble biting and chewing food since you require your teeth for these functions.
You will have trouble pronouncing sounds effectively since teeth are crucial elements in speech development.
You, therefore, need immediate medical attention to get effective treatment.
You will find a competent and dedicated team of dentists at Nancy Shiba, DDS who work relentlessly to ensure that our patients have excellent dental health.
We also take the time to educate and advise our patients on the many treatment options for their specific tooth concerns.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are one of the most effective treatment options for missing or extracted teeth. They act as a replacement for your natural teeth, allowing you to maintain excellent dental health.
When you come to the clinic, our dentist will insert a titanium-made root into your gum, which will function like a natural root and provide a platform for the replacement teeth to rest on.
Dental implants help to preserve the integrity of your jawbone, which may have been compromised by gaps in your dental structure.
They aid in the support of nearby teeth, which may shift into the voids left by a missing tooth.
Nancy Shiba, DDS offers dental implants to individuals who want to replace their missing teeth with a permanent solution that looks and acts like a natural tooth.
There are several implant procedures that may be suitable, depending on the extent of your tooth loss.
What Are Dental Implants?
The dental implant procedure is a restorative dentistry option that provides replacements for missing teeth.
An implant is a three-part prosthetic. The implant is inserted under the gum into the jawbone to take the place of a tooth root.
An abutment (connector) attaches to the implant which protrudes through the gums where a replacement tooth (crown) is attached on top to complete the procedure.
Although one dental implant was traditionally used to replace one tooth, these days there are more options for replacing multiple teeth.
Thanks to new innovations and advancements in technology, multiple or even all of the teeth can be replaced using fewer implants. Some of the multiple tooth options include:
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept
The All-on-4® procedure is an innovative solution for those who have lost all of their teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.
The implant replaces a whole arch of teeth that are attached permanently on four dental implants.
Thanks to two front and two rear implants that are longer and positioned at acute angles, more bone contact is generated which leads to greater stability.
Implant Supported Denture
This is another option for individuals who have no teeth. However, unlike the All-on-4 where the arch of teeth is permanently attached, implant-supported dentures are removable.
The implants are permanent, providing a stable base to attach the removable dentures, which simply snap on and off as required.
Implant Supported Bridge
An implant-supported bridge can support several missing teeth in a row. In this scenario, two implants are placed on each side of a gap and then covered with a bridge that goes over the gaps.
Am I A Good Candidate For a Dental Implant?
Although dental implants are a good solution for many people, they aren't suitable for everyone.
Before you are considered for dental implant surgery, you will have to undergo a thorough examination and assessment of your jaw and mouth first.
If you suffer from any kind of blood clotting disorder, or long-term health issues such as diabetes then there may be complications that make an implant impractical.
However, these instances are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
One of the most prevalent issues for patients who want dental implants is bone loss in the jawbone.
Periodontal disease, which affects many Americans, causes bone loss in the jawbone, resulting in tooth loss.
However, there are options to build up the bone sufficiently to hold an implant with a bone graft.
Smoking cigarettes can hinder the healing process because smoke reduces blood flow in the body which is important for transporting nutrients that fight infection and help the tissues to heal.
This is a major problem when the implants have first been placed when integration with the jawbone is crucial to the success of the implant.
However, in terms of implant longevity, people who smoke tend to experience gum disease more than non-smokers, which can also affect the implant and cause it to fail.
Benefits You Will Enjoy With Dental Implants
One of the advantages of getting dental implants is that they improve your oral health. You will be able to safeguard your gum tissue from disappearing.
If you have several missing teeth, you will be able to strengthen the remaining teeth. In terms of form, shape, and look, dental implants are equivalent to natural teeth, allowing you to connect with friends and family without fear of dentures falling out.
Dental implants are dependable and long-lasting, and you may be certain that they appear natural, allowing you to regain your confidence.
Our dentists choose dental implants because of their track record of success. By avoiding bone resorption and retaining bone structure and facial characteristics, dental implants greatly improve a person's eating and speaking abilities.
Dental implants require complex surgical operations and therefore you require the assistance of qualified and experienced dental surgeons who can guarantee effective treatment solutions.
Our dentists at our practice have the necessary level of expertise that can guarantee you excellent results. We employ safe medical procedures for our patients using modern dentistry procedures.
Schedule an Appointment for Dental Implants
If you need dental implant treatment, and are in the San Jose area, please contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment.
The treatment and care begin with the implantation of the dental implant and continue through the healing and placement stages.
Visit us at Nancy Shiba, DDS where you will find a team of dental specialists that will help you through the whole process.
If you have any clarifications regarding how dental implants may affect your appearance, please contact us at (669) 306-7669 to speak with one of our experts.