Dental Implant Specialists in Anaheim, Laguna Woods, Ladera Ranch
Getting dental implants in Orange County at 7 Day Dental is hassle-free! As we are a multi specialty office, we have trusted and highly competent specialists in different dental branches including our dental implant services. This means you don’t have to move from one office to another during your treatment process. The procedures in your treatment plan may be done under one roof. Convenient, isn’t it? Furthermore, you are ensured exemplary results and first-rate service as our reputable specialists collaborate well. Plus, we utilize only trusted products and techniques to achieve desired outcomes.
Lastly, our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to ensure accurate diagnoses and make procedures more comfortable. So, for dental implants and other implant dentistry services, choose us! Listed below are the different implant dentistry services we offer.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots which anchor or hold replacements for teeth. They are used to restore the smile of patients who have lost tooth/teeth due to periodontal disease, injury and other dental problems or conditions. They may be utilized in the restoration of a single tooth or multiple teeth, even a completely edentulous mouth.
These cylindrical posts are typically made from titanium and other biocompatible materials. Titanium is the preferred metal for implants because it is lightweight and strong. Moreover, it is biocompatible which means the body does not reject it. In terms of the placement process, implants are surgically screwed into the jaw. Over time, through a process called osseointegration, the bone fuses or grows around the implant/s. This accounts for the stability of the implants as well as their ability to last long.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Considered one of the most notable advancements in the dental field, dental implants offer numerous benefits. Hence, it’s not surprising why the use of dental implants have steadily
grown over the years.
What are the benefits of using dental implants?
Given their strength and stability, dental implants pave the way for you to have teeth replacements which look and function like real teeth. With dental implants, eating (whatever you desire) without worrying about damaging the replacement is very much possible. Furthermore, you can speak clearly and smile without fear. Dental implants are highly durable; with proper care, they can last a lifetime. This is why using them is said to be a long-term or permanent solution to missing tooth/teeth. All in all, dental implants enable you to have a healthier mouth and a better quality of life.
Types of Implants
There are different types of dental implants. These numerous implants are categorized in different ways. One category is according to their placement. Below are some types of dental
implants based on their placement.
It is the most commonly used implant. From the term endosteal which means “in the bone”, this implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. This type of implant comes in small screws, cylinders or plates/blades. Each endosteal implant anchors one or more prosthetic teeth. It is recommended as an alternative for those using bridges and removable dentures.
Subperiosteal means “on the bone”; hence, this implant is positioned under the gum tissue but on top of the jaw bone.The metal framework’s posts protrude through the gums to hold the restoration. This type of implant is recommended for patients with shallow jawbone or those who do not have enough bone height. Subperiosteal implants are used to hold dentures securely.Dental implants may also be categorized according to their size or platform.
Wide Platform Implant:
This implant is typically placed at the back of the mouth, specifically to replace molars. Their diameter ranges from 4.5 mm to 6 mm.
Standard Platform Implant:
Usually used when replacing front teeth, this implant’s diameter is from 3.5 mm to 4.2 mm.
Mini Dental Implant (MDI):
A mini or narrow dental implant may be 2 mm to 3.5 mm in diameter. Apart from its narrow post, this type of dental implant is different from the traditional ones in that it is just a single piece connecting with a ball end. It is mainly recommended for patients who have insufficient bone density as well as those who cannot accommodate a larger implant because there isn’t enough space between their tooth roots. In addition, a mini dental implant is also utilized in a single tooth replacement.Since a mini dental implant is small, placing it is less invasive than traditional implants. This equates to less discomfort or less pain. It also means shorter or quicker recovery time.
Dental implants are also classified based on the procedure used to place them.
Single-Stage Dental Implant:
In this method, a longer one-piece implant is utilized. The implant is surgically placed in such a way that the implant head is visible or slightly protruding through the gum tissue. As the implant is exposed, no additional surgery is required during the placement of the abutment and crown (which takes place after the healing period).
Two-Stage Dental Implant:
This method involves the surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone. The implant is placed in a manner wherein it is leveled with the bone underneath the gums. To safeguard the implant as the bone heals and fuses to it, the gum tissue is sutured. After several months or once the healing process is completed, another surgery is performed. The purpose of this surgery is to uncover the implant and attach the abutment and the temporary restoration.
In the past, we had to extract the tooth, put bone graft in, and wait at least six months for the bone to grow. Then, we place the implant at a later day and have to wait again. Now, we can place the implant on the day of the extraction and graft the area as well. This is great since the patients do not have to go to a second surgery.
Apart from the aforementioned categories, dental implants are also classified according their type of head/connector and coating.
Here at 7 Day Dental, we utilize different implant systems to meet the specific needs of our patients. Furthermore, to ensure the best results, we employ only high-quality implant systems such as Zimmer Biomet Implants and MIS Implants. Trusted by numerous dental practitioners, these implant systems possess qualities such as durability and longevity which are essential for our patients to reap the full benefits of getting dental implants
Dental Implant Placement Process
A dental implant process/procedure usually necessitates a team of dental specialists which usually includes a general dentist, a periodontist, a prosthodontist and an oral surgeon among others. These experts work hand in hand in developing and implementing a treatment plan that best addresses your needs.Getting dental implants at 7 Day Dental begins with an evaluation. This is because, while dental implants are said to be for everyone, they may not be the best option for those with chronic illnesses like diabetes or leukemia. Basically, for you to be a candidate for dental implants, you should be in good general and oral health. So, during your initial consultation, our dentist assesses your condition and determines if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants and if it is the best option for you.
The assessment involves a detailed discussion of your medical and dental history.It also includes a thorough examination of your mouth. After the assessment, we proceed to discussing your suitability for implants as well as your treatment options. Once pertinent details (like your needs and preferences) are settled, we go to the next step which is creating your treatment plan.
n certain cases, more examinations or procedures may be necessary before we begin developing the treatment plan. When the treatment plan is done, we discuss the details with you, including the procedure/s to be performed, timetable and cost. If you are satisfied, the next step is the implant placement/surgery.The duration of the surgery varies per case. Naturally, replacing several teeth is going to take more time than replacing a single tooth. It is also important to note that the completion of an implant placement procedure may take months and several visits to the dentist. Moreover, once the procedure is completed, there are going to be several follow-up visits for the dentist to check on the implant.
Wondering if you are a good candidate for dental implants? Schedule an appointment and get evaluated by our team of experts!
Bone grafting is a procedure which is meant to augment bone insufficiency in the jaw. This bone augmentation procedure is a necessary prerequisite, at times, to an implant placement procedure. This is recommended in cases wherein there isn’t enough natural bone to support dental implants. The low quantity and poor quality of the natural bone may be due to gum disease, facial injury or trauma, tooth development defects or use of dentures for quite some time. The bones may also shrink or atrophy when the space left by an extracted tooth isn’t filled.
Basically, through bone grafting, the implant site is strengthened or thickened. This results in a sturdier and more stable foundation for the implant-supported teeth. Consequently, with the implant anchored firmly, the chances of implant failure are minimized. In short, bone grafting allows patients to enjoy their restorations and reap the full benefits of having implants.
Types Of Bone Grafting Materials
Bones used in this procedure may be harvested from the patient’s body. This is what’s called autogenous grafts. The usual donor sites are the lateral knee and chin as well as the hip, if large amounts of bones are needed. The new bone may also be obtained from inside the mouth, specifically the posterior third molars of the jaw. Nowadays, in addition to autogenous grafts, processed bone harvested from animals, usually cows, are also used.
Called xenografts, these are only composed of the mineral content of natural bone with all the organic material removed. This type of grafting material is tried and tested; it has yielded successful results over the years. This is why xenografts are widely used in numerous oral surgical offices these days.
Bone Grafting Process
Due to advances in technology and techniques, bone grafting is now less invasive. Meanwhile, bone grafting for the purpose of implant placement is usually performed in an ambulatory or office setting. The procedure entails the use of local anesthetic to numb the areas involved. At times, intravenous sedation is also used.With the grafting material harvested and prepared for insertion, the oral surgeon makes a small incision on the gum tissue. This is followed by the separation of the tissue from the bone. Once this is done, the grafting material is placed on the target site. A thin, special membrane may be placed over the graft to protect it and promote healing. The gum tissue is then sutured back in place.
After the procedure, you are going to get post care instructions as well as the schedule of your next visit. You may also be given antibiotics, pain medication and antibacterial mouthwash. While the surgical site heals, it’s best to avoid certain food which may hurt the wound and put undue pressure on the graft. It’s also best to not engage in strenuous activities for a few days.You can expect the new bone to grow in six to nine months. Factors such as the density of the bone and the location of the graft may affect the length of time for the graft to integrate. The placement of the dental implant only takes place after the grafted bone has integrated with the existing bone.
Block Grafting Process
The autogenous graft used in this procedure is either extracted from the ramus (the lower jaw area where the wisdom teeth are located) or the chin. This is why this procedure is also referred to as “autogenous ramus/chin graft”. The bones harvested from these areas are shaped into blocks and placed into the deficient/target area. The blocks are secured with tiny, temporary screws. Bone substitute products like bovine bone are used to fill the surrounding area. Meanwhile, a collagen membrane is placed to cover the area as well as to promote and accelerate healing. Then, the surgical site is secured with stitches. It usually takes six to nine months for the graft to fully integrate with the underlying jawbone. Once the graft is mature, the temporary screws are removed and the implant is placed.
Right after the procedure, prior to the placement of the implants, several follow-up visits are scheduled for your oral surgeon to check on your mouth. Post-operative instructions and medicines are given after the procedure, too. It is imperative that you show up on your scheduled checkups and strictly comply with your dentist’s instructions to avoid complications and delays in the healing of the surgical site.We have oral surgeons experienced in different bone grafting techniques. For block grafting and other implant dentistry services in Orange County, call us!
Block Bone Graft/Autogenous Ramus Or Chin Graft
Block bone graft is a bone grafting technique used in cases involving massive bone loss resulting in a very thin ridge that’s not capable of holding implants. In these cases, alternative grafting materials like cow bones are not capable of providing enough volume or replacing the significant amount of bone that was lost. Hence, instead of using xenografts and other synthetic grafting materials, the patient’s own bone are harvested and used.
Oftentimes, the massive bone loss may be the consequence of dental trauma, infection, cysts or tumors. It may also be the result of extraction without an immediate socket graft, implant or tooth re-implantation.