If you are concerned or self-conscious about a missing tooth or just don’t like to wear dentures, dental implants may be the right solution. Midtown Dental uses the latest technology to offer minimally invasive dental implant dentistry in Sacramento, CA.
Why a Dental Implant?
One of the most significant advancements in dental care today has been the development and growth of dental implants and implant dentistry. Dental implants provide a very attractive and long lasting replacement for missing teeth.
Missing teeth aren't just a cosmetic dental problem that can take away from your smile. Oftentimes, they can lead to several other dental and oral health problems in the future. Some of these problems can include bone loss, gum disease, shifting and drifting teeth, bite changes, chewing difficulty, and wearing down of remaining teeth.
Implant dentistry is an incredibly reliable and long lasting solution for missing teeth. In fact, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants generally have a 95% success rate. Alternative solutions for missing teeth, such as dental bridges often only last five to seven years, and require shaving down of healthy adjacent teeth to bond several dental crowns together. It puts these teeth at risk for sensitivity, pain, and future dental cavities.
If you are a good candidate for a dental implant procedure, dental implants are almost always the preferred treatment option. In the long run, dental implants are also the most cost effective and comfortable solution for tooth replacement.
Advantages of Dental Implants
There are a number of advantages to dental implant placement, ranging from cosmetic to everyday practical benefits. In terms of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants look and feel like your natural, organic teeth. Dental implants very closely retain your natural face shape, and smile. As a result, you don't have to worry about your smile, feel self conscious or embarrassed about your missing teeth.
Beyond the aesthetics, dental implants make it easier to eat and speak. Many patients who are missing a single tooth, few, or all of their teeth will resort to wearing partial or full dentures. Yet, all too often, dentures do not fit firmly or properly, creating discomfort, frustration and difficulty eating and speaking. Since a dental implant is secured directly in the jaw bone, a dental implant doesn't come loose like a denture.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small, but strong, clinically supported device made of titanium or titanium-zirconium (looks like a screw), which is surgically inserted into the jaw bone in place of a missing tooth. An implant acts as support for a dental crown or bridge, and is surgically placed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
It’s important to understand that not all dental implants are created equal and they can vary significantly in terms of quality and reliability. So it's important to do your homework and find out who manufactures the dental implants used by various dental offices. At Midtown Dental, you can rest assured that we only use the highest quality, highest rated dental implants available on the market.
Dental Implant Process
The process for placing a dental implant involves three parts and can take several months to complete. At Midtown Dental, this process is done all in-house at our state of the art dental office in Sacramento, CA. Unlike many other dentist offices, we won’t make you visit multiple other dental offices to see oral surgeons and periodontists. Having the latest tools and technology all under one roof offers the safest, most convenient and comfortable dental implant experience for our patients.
In the first step, your implant dentist in Sacramento,CA, Dr. Jenny Apekian will take a 3D x-ray of your jaw and take a digital impression of your teeth. She will then plan for your implant digitally, so that placement of your implant is done with total accuracy. Unlike many other offices, our state-of-the-art technology allows Dr. Apekian to create surgical guides for your dental implant, which ensures the safest and most effective dental implant placement.
At the next appointment, Dr. Apekian will place the implant in your jaw through a surgical procedure. You will be ensured total comfort during your appointment. Sedation options are also available if you prefer. You should expect to feel less discomfort than a simple dental extraction after the visit.
Once the dental implant has been placed, the gum is then secured over the dental implant and remains with a healing abutment to heal properly. Once uncovered, a post or abutment is added to the dental implant and serves as the foundation for the new tooth.
In the final step, implant dentist Dr. Jenny Apekian will place your new crown and custom abutment over the implant. The crown will blend in with your other teeth and will have a similar shape, color and size as all your other teeth. We pride ourselves on the fit, function, and esthetics of our implant crowns.
Caring for Dental Implants
Like all other teeth, proper care and maintenance are essential for long last dental implants. Flossing at least once a day and brushing at least twice a day is critical to preventing plaque from forming around the implant. Our dedicated team of dental hygienists at Midtown Dental in Sacramento, CA will help you care for and clean your dental implants to keep your gum tissue healthy.
Are Implants Right for You?
The right candidate for a dental implant is generally in good health and has adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant. A patient’s health is more important than age. Dr Apekian will be able evaluate whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
At Midtown Dental, we understand that the cost of dental implants can be a concern, but with today's new technology, the cost of dental implants has significantly decreased. Our dental office works with all of our patients to find low cost dental implant solutions and financing options to make sure you receive the treatment you need.
If you are interested in a dental implant, have questions about the process or the cost of dental implants, please do not hesitate to Contact our Midtown Dental Office and implant dentist Dr. Jenny Apekian.