Why The Tooth Implant Timeline is Necessary

If you’ve visited our website before you know that implants are the preferable tooth restoration for most people with a missing tooth.

The dental implant process can take several dental visits over a period of months.

Don’t let this discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is important.

Remember that the tooth implant timeline is not a drawback. It is indicative of the permanent nature of a tooth implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

It all starts with a consultation.

At your first visit to , we’ll take X-rays and assess your mouth. We will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

Be prepared to review your physical health in general and your medical history.

If you don’t have sufficient bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery. This common procedure is described on our website.

2. Tooth Implant Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.

  • First, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the implant site. 
  • will make an incision in the gums. This opens the gums so the bone is accessible.
  • Then, we drill a small hole. The hole is the precise diameter and depth of the post.
  • The implant post is screwed into the hole in the bone.
  • We’ll take an X-ray to confirm the implant is in the correct place.
  • We will then sew the gums back over the implant.

Dental implant placement will take from one to two hours.

OTC pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery soreness. Most dental implant patients can go back to work after the surgery.

Soreness and swelling should subside after a few days. An ice pack (used on the cheek, not inside the mouth) can ease swelling.

If the implant site (and missing tooth) is visible when you smile, we will create a removable partial denture or flipper. You can wear this while you are waiting for the final restoration.

Make sure you practice proper dental hygiene but be extra gentle when cleaning around the surgical site.

3. Osseointegration

Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome a non-biological tooth root. Implant dentistry is only possible because the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant. This is creates an extremely durable foundation for the post.

Titanium readily integrates with bone. The official term for this quality is “osteophilic.” For most individuals, it takes from three to six months for the post and jawbone to form a (hopefully!) inseparable bond.

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root.

The beautiful crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

When you have your new smile at the end of this process, it will all be worth it!

 

 

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Spotlight-Ready Smiles From In ,

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A mouth full of unattractive teeth can really distract from a beautiful person’s appearance.

A Smile as Beautiful as You Are

Having a red-carpet-worthy smile can bring you increased satisfaction and confidence in your social interactions with your distinguished A-list friends.

This smile, however, doesn’t have to have a celebrity price tag. Five-star yet affordable cosmetic dentistry and VIP treatment has been available since at .

Come see what our expertise and experience can offer.

Dental Implants Create Red-Carpet-Worthy Smiles

What are dental implants? A wonderful long-term solution for missing teeth, dental implants are artificial roots surgically implanted in the jaw to anchor a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

The best way to find out if veneers or dental implants are a possibility is to meet with for a smile makeover consultation.

We can create a smile you will be proud to flash at all of your public appearances throughout Hollywood or on location in , , or .

Cosmetic Dental Excellence

is raising the bar as our practice strives to deliver excellence with every possible service:


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What is a Sinus Lift? How Is It Used With Dental Implants?

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Sinus Lift: What is It?

A sinus lift is a procedure used to augment bone in the upper jaw. This is the area directly below the sinus cavity. The procedure is also called sinus augmentation or sinus elevation.

Many individuals are missing one or two of their upper back molars. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone at the extraction site starts to shrink and recede.

An implant dentist may recommend a sinus lift if a dental implant patient doesn’t have enough bone to sustain the implant post.

How Does a Sinus Lift Work?

Let’s discuss a sinus lift and bone graft.

First, the dentist makes an incision in the gum tissue. This exposes the jawbone underneath. Then s/he cuts a small opening in the jawbone. Through this opening, the dentist can push the the bottom of the sinus cavity upward (toward the nose).

After the sinus is elevated to make room, the dentist packs the bone grafting material into the new space created. (The bone grafting material may be donor bone or artifical bone.)

How Long Does a Sinus Lift Procedure Take?

The procedure, including the bone graft, takes from one to two hours.

Does the Patient Have to Be Sedated?

It is not necessary for the patient to be unconscious for the dental procedure. A local painkiller is sufficient for many patients. However, people with severe dental anxiety may prefer deeper sedation.

What Should the Patient Do After The Procedure?

The patient will be sent home with a gauze pad. If the patient exerts gentle pressure on the pad, it will help to slow the bleeding. Patients should replace the gauze pad when it become saturated.

Ice packs used on the outside of the face can assuage swelling. Patients shouldn’t rinse their mouth forcefully before a blood clot has formed at the incision site.

It’s critical for the patient to follow all of the post-procedure instructions.

If the incision continues to gush blood (or starts bleeding again) several hours after the procedure, they should call the dental office for instructions.

How Long Does it Take to Heal From a Sinus Lift Procedure?

A sinus lift and bone graft procedure usually heals in two or three days if there are no complications.

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Dental Implants: Does Your Age Matter?

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Dental implants have rightly been called one of the most significant advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at in .

A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no!

Age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is an appropriate candidate for an implant.

The most important factor is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these conditions may not be good candidates.

Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can also restrict the healing process.

Bone Density

A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, guards against bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.

Even if you don’t, there are options. Bone grafting is a simple procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.

Healthy Gum Tissue

A final consideration: a patient must have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to proper oral hygiene, including consistent dental visits.

If you’re worried that you are too old to get a dental implant, rest assured: age is not an issue. At in , we specialize in replacing teeth with single and multiple dental implants. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

 

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There is Life After Dentures With Permanent Tooth Implants

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Attention: there is life after dentures with tooth implants!

If you are one of the many denture wearers, you know they aren’t a perfect option.

Problems with dentures

Slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and trouble tasting food.

Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like real teeth.

Tooth implants are the best tooth replacement option. Period.

Modern dental implant technology is helping more and more individuals live without traditional dentures. Implant anchored dentures can change your life significantly.

Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.

Implants Can Be Used In Many Ways

Permanent dental implants are strong, functional, and naturally-looking restorations with roots permanently anchored into the jawbone.

Dental implants have been used for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. They can also provide a structure for bridges and anchored dentures!

What is a tooth implant?

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jawbone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post

The Restoration (Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth

Dental implants improve your life

It’s good to understand what implants are. But it’s vital to understand what implants do.

Would you like to…

  • enjoy a juicy steak at your favorite steakhouse?
  • bite into an apple without your dentures slipping?
  • stop paying for denture relines?
  • have more confidence in social situations?
  • prevent bone recession?

Call at the number below to set up a consultation. We look forward to discussing your new smile!

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Why The Tooth Implant Timeline is Necessary

why does a tooth implant take several months?

If you’ve visited our website before you know that implants are the preferable tooth restoration for most people with a missing tooth.

The dental implant process can take several dental visits over a period of months.

Don’t let this discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is critical.

Remember that the tooth implant timeline is not a drawback. It is indicative of the permanent nature of a tooth implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

It all starts with a consultation.

At your first visit to , we’ll take X-rays and evaluate your mouth. We will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

Be prepared to describe your physical health in general and your medical history.

If you don’t have sufficient bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery. This common procedure is described on our website.

2. Tooth Implant Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how speedy and easy the procedure is.

  • First, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the implant location. 
  • will make an incision in the gums. This opens the gums so the bone is accessible.
  • Then, we drill a small hole. The hole is the precise diameter and depth of the post.
  • The implant post is screwed into the hole in the bone.
  • We’ll take an X-ray to validate the implant is in the correct place.
  • We will then sew the gums back over the implant.

Dental implant placement will take from one to two hours.

OTC pain relievers are usually sufficient for post-surgery soreness. Most dental implant patients can go back to work after the surgery.

Soreness and swelling should subside after a few days. An ice pack (used on the cheek, not inside the mouth) can alleviate swelling.

If the implant location (and missing tooth) is visible when you smile, we will create a removable partial denture or flipper. You can wear this while you are waiting for the final restoration.

Make sure you practice proper oral hygiene but be extra gentle when cleaning around the surgical site.

3. Osseointegration

Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome a non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant. This is necessary to design an extremely substantial foundation for the last restoration.

Titanium readily integrates with bone. The official term for this quality is ‘osteophilic’. For most patients, it takes from three to six months for the post and jawbone to become inseparable.

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

When you have your new smile at the end of this process, it will all be worth it!

 

 

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Your Famous Smile

Veneers in How do celebrities obtain brilliant white smiles that are always ready for the red carpet or a close-up? Do they avoid coffee? Not likely. Every star-watching magazine is full of pictures of famous men and women holding Starbucks cups. Do they avoid tobacco? Some abstain, but unfortunately many actors and fashion models are smokers.

Many Famous Smiles Were Not Always Flawless

Not everyone with stunning teeth was born with them. (Sure, no one is born with teeth, but you know what I mean.) Many celebrities have drop-dead gorgeous smiles because they have received cosmetic dentistry including dental implants.

No Need To Go To Hollywood

Guess what? You can also have a smile like a cover girl or television news anchor. has been offering dental implants since .

Dental implants are the strongest, longest-lasting tooth restoration procedure. They can be used in a variety of ways. For example, they can replace missing teeth or anchor a partial denture.

VIP Treatment

Schedule a  consultation today by calling . At , you will always enjoy VIP treatment, without the bothersome paparazzi!

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Why Aren’t Dental Implant Prices Listed Anywhere?

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You can’t buy teeth implants at Costco. You can’t compare relative prices on Amazon. The rates aren’t listed on your dentist’s web page.

There is a reason for this.

A permanent dental implant procedure isn’t one-size-fits-all.

The price of a dental implant depends on many factors.

First, let’s designate what we are talking about.

A dental implant is a tooth replacement that is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to the adjacent teeth like a dental bridge. The post replaces the tooth root and is anchored where the tooth root used to be. When the post fuses with the bone, the dentist attaches an abutment and then a crown for the visible portion of the tooth.

It’s important to understand that an implant involves several elements:

  1. The post (screw)
  2. The abutment
  3. The crown

So, how much does a tooth implant cost?

Give me a rough estimate….

In , you can expect to pay from $1,000 to $3,000 for one implant (the post that is screwed in).

Then there is the abutment (connector piece) and crown. These components could cost from $900 to $3,000. 

This would bring the total rate from $1900 to north of $5,000.

Remember, this is for ONE  post, abutment, and crown.

What if I need a whole bunch of implants?

Some people spend between $20,000 and $50,000 for a total mouth reconstruction.

Wow!

Implants seem really pricey…

An implant procedure is an oral surgery. It requires a consultation and additional visits. It requires X-rays and impressions. You might need bone grafting to augment the bone where the implant will be placed.

There are indirect costs as well…

Your dentist will buy the components from a dental supplier. The dental crown is custom-made in a lab. Dental laboratories have pricey equipment. They employ professionals who are specially trained.

Consider your dentist’s schooling. Just one year of dental school costs between $30,000 and $70,000… (Don’t forget, your dentist earned an undergraduate degree before attending dental school.)

Your dentist employs a team of professionals. A dental office must purchase and maintain expensive equipment and supplies.

According to the American Dental Association, it costs at least $500,000 to open a dental practice. The yearly overhead can run over $200,000.

Does my dental insurance coveimplant placements?

Some dental insurance carriers cover dental implants. Some only cover the crown portion. Others don’t cover any portion of the procedure. It’s unfortunate that more dental insurers don’t cover implants. They are significantly cheaper over the long run. They preserve bone. They don’t require removing tooth structure like dental bridges. They don’t have as many complications as dental bridges.

Talk to your provider. If your insurance company doesn’t cover them, or if you don’t have dental insurance, communicate with us about financing.

Permanent dental implants are costly. No doubt about it.

But if you talk to our patients, each one will tell you that they are worth every penny.

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Missing Pieces In The Mouth?

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A 500-piece Eiffel Tower puzzle is still easy to recognize with 32 pieces missing.
A 50-piece puppy puzzle will probably still give warm fuzzies without 3 or 4 pieces in place.
But,
A 32-piece Dental puzzle is just not finished without ALL of the pieces.

If you’re missing teeth, cutting your mouth on rough edges, or struggling with eating because of your dental puzzle, we invite you to consider dental implants.

A dental implant is a tooth restoration that includes the root and crown of the tooth. Because it’s a complete solution, it offers many advantages over traditional dental bridges and dentures.

To understand the dental implant procedure, sit down today with for an informative dental implant consultation.

Let us fill in those missing pieces—there has never been a better time to receive dental implants. Modern cosmetic dental procedures, state-of-the-art materials, and the know-how of dentists such as , combine to create truly brilliant smiles.

In , undertook the important task of serving , ’s dental needs. Since then, the practice has served satisfied patients in and beyond!

Your lucky smile could be the next puzzle to be put back together beautifully, no matter your dental disarray.

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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

 Permanent Tooth Replacement Are you one of the many men and women who has had a tooth extracted?

If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is extremely difficult because your tongue can’t leave the gap alone.

I’m Missing a Tooth. Now What?

Once the tooth has been extracted, you have many important decisions to make.

  • Do I want a dental bridge?
  • Is a dental bridge a permanent solution?
  • Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge?
  • Should I elect a partial denture?
  • What about bone loss?

A Better Restoration

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root? If you decide on a tooth implant, you can.

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It is comprised of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The innovative materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades.

Moreover, it has been carried out by dentists and prosthodontists for over thirty years.

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