Dental Implants in Walnut Creek, CA
A Fully Functioning Tooth Replacement Solution
Dental implants are a popular option for replacing one or more teeth because they look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. Our team at Muir Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery in Walnut Creek, CA, has 3D scanning technology to map out the specifics of your treatment and track your progress along the way.
A dental implant is made of a medical-grade titanium post, a connecting abutment, and a custom crown. Together, these parts replicate the function and appearance of a natural tooth. Dental implants are versatile and can replace a single tooth or all of your teeth through a full-arch restoration procedure. Regardless of the current state of your teeth, Dr. Karas will create a treatment plan that restores your smile and oral health.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
A tooth’s root stimulates the jaw bone during chewing, keeping it strong. When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone does not get stimulated in that area. Over time, the bone will deteriorate, which leaves the opportunity for nearby teeth to shift into the empty space and can cause facial features to sag. A weakened jaw can lead to gum recession, a big contributor to periodontal disease.
A dental implant requires a strong jaw to support the implant. If your jaw bone has atrophied, we can place a bone graft to regenerate bone in that area. Once the implant is placed, it will fuse with the jaw bone over time. This promotes jaw bone stimulation and prevents bone deterioration associated with tooth loss. A healthy jaw is the solid foundation for healthy gums and facial symmetry.
The Biggest Advantages of Dental Implants
Because the implant post fuses with the jaw bone, your dental implant becomes a permanent part of your smile. With proper care, it will never require a replacement and will last a lifetime.
Restore Your Confidence.
Missing a tooth can damage your self-esteem. Dental implants are designed to match your other teeth, and many people can’t distinguish between a dental implant and a natural tooth. Now, you can smile with confidence again.
Care for a dental implant the same way as a natural tooth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. Unlike dentures, dental implants remain in your mouth during eating and cleaning, adding to their convenience.
Improve Oral Health.
A dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that prevents jaw bone loss. Removable appliances and dentures do not stimulate the jaw bone, while dental implants help maintain jaw bone integrity.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a versatile solution that can serve your smile in many ways. We will modify treatment based on your specific needs.
- Single Dental Implants. One dental implant replaces one missing tooth. This can be repeated throughout your mouth in any place where a tooth is missing.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Instead of grinding down natural teeth to support a bridge, dental implants can be used to support a bridge that replaces multiple teeth missing next to each other.
- Immediate Implants. As soon as a tooth is extracted, we can place the dental implant post, providing there is enough jaw bone to support it. This reduces the total number of appointments necessary to restore the missing tooth.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Multiple dental implants can support a permanent denture in one or both dental arches, resulting in a new and fully functioning smile. With life-changing and natural-looking results, this treatment is ideal for patients with many failing or missing teeth.
- Mini Dental Implants. Similar to standard implants, mini dental implants have the same structure, only smaller. The surgery is less-invasive and an abutment is not required, because there is a small ball at the end of the post to hold the crown. Mini implants are great for patients who lack jaw bone density or who are unable to undergo invasive surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
Before surgery, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and discuss your options for anesthesia. During your first visit, Dr. Karas will answer all of your questions and guide you through the steps of your treatment and type of implant, so you know exactly what to expect.
On the day of surgery, Dr. Karas will administer the selected form of anesthesia. He will make a small incision in the gum tissue, place the dental implant post, and place necessary sutures. Dr. Karas will place a temporary crown to wear while you heal.
The post will fuse with your jaw bone over the next few months and once it has healed, the connecting abutment is attached and your restorative dentist will place your custom-made crown.
The Cost and Value of Dental Implants
The cost of a dental implant depends on how many you need, your choice of anesthesia, your insurance coverage, and if you require additional procedures such as bone grafting or tooth extraction. We will discuss your cost and payment options during your first visit.
Patients with dentures often find them cumbersome and inconvenient to remove during eating and brushing. Dentures can cause sores in the mouth and must be replaced every 5 years. They do not prevent bone loss, and an ill-fitting prosthesis can slide around in the mouth.
Dental implants become a permanent part of your smile. They do not slide around, cause sores, or require removal during eating and brushing. Additionally, dental implants have higher success rates and the potential to last a lifetime when properly cared for. While bridges or dentures may seem cheaper in the beginning, the cost of replacing them and treating more progressive bone loss can be costly and require longer healing.
Replace Missing Teeth in Walnut Creek, CA
Muir Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery is your go-to destination for replacing missing teeth and improving oral health. Dr. Karas is a board-certified oral surgeon who also holds a medical degree and is committed to helping his patients achieve brighter, healthier smiles they can be proud of. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do dental implants hurt?
We make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible. Most patients who receive dental implants report little to no discomfort. Local anesthesia is often used to numb the area, but we also offer laughing gas, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.
Do teeth implants look natural?
Dental implants are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth. The crown is custom designed to match the size, shape, and color of your other teeth, making your implant indistinguishable. Dental implants are the most natural-looking option for tooth replacement, whether it’s a single tooth or many missing teeth.
What should I avoid after dental implants?
Avoid any food that could damage the implant, such as tough or sticky foods. Be sure to follow your post-operative instructions closely, as they will advise you on diet recommendations, activity restrictions, and how to ensure a speedy recovery.
Does food get stuck under dental implants?
Like any natural tooth, food can get stuck at the base of the dental implant. Regular brushing and flossing will clear any debris and leave your gums and teeth healthy and clean.
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