- Evaluation for Dental Implants
- Dental Implant Procedure
- Dental Implants FAQs
- Patient Reviews: Dental Implants
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 bonds 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
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Peña or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. 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 surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. 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. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Peña can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected 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.
Dental Implants FAQs
- Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
- When Are Dental Implants Placed?
- How Many Dental Implants Do I Need?
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
When Are Dental Implants Placed?
Implants are often placed several months after extraction. At times, an implant may be placed immediately after extraction of a tooth. This may involve a little more risk, but it simplifies the process and you won’t have to wait for another appointment to place the implant. When infection or other problems with the bone are present, immediate implant placement is not the best treatment.
How Many Dental Implants Do I Need?
Most frequently, one implant per missing tooth is placed. Because many of the larger teeth in the back of your jaws have two or three roots, the most common approach is to replace missing back teeth with larger implants.
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Patient Reviews: Dental Implants
Rebecca Irene A. Peña, DMD
Patient Review by Brenda A
I cannot speak highly enough about this dental office. I called on Thanksgiving weekend with severe tooth pain. I left a message and within minutes I received a text from Dr Pena. She was able to call in antibiotics and see me the following Monday at 7am. The office staff and everyone has been so responsive and amazing. PS I hate having all dental work done this is one of the first places where I feel comfortable!! They are amazing!
- Brenda A
Patient Review by Ruben S
Dr Pena and her staff have been wonderful.
- Ruben S
Patient Review by Donald P
I am impressed with how easy the procedure was
- Donald P
Patient Review by randy r
- randy r
Patient Review by Ruben S
Dr Pena's Office has always been a very positive experience and she has provided excellent dental work. The staff is very good.
- Ruben S
Patient Review by Richard M
Service is always great!
- Richard M
Patient Review by Dawn O
Dr. Pena is the best dentist I’ve been to. Her patience, work ethic, and quality of work are superb. I’m in the process of having 3 tooth implants and am highly satisfied with the results. Her staff is also very efficient and polite.
- Dawn O
Patient Review by Val W
Love Dr Pena. Friendly and efficient care always!
- Val W