Dental Implants

From Simple to Complex Restorations and Conditions

 

What Are Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium posts placed in the bone under your gums. Titanium is commonly used in other orthopedic procedures such as knee or hip joint replacements. The bone bonds to the implant creating a solid foundation to attach a single tooth or multiple teeth.

 

WHY DENTAL IMPLANTS?

 

Missing teeth can compromise chewing function and be embarrassing.

Missing teeth can cause the neighbor and opposing teeth to drift out of place

Missing teeth can cause shrinking of facial structures and bone deterioration

Bridges require grinding down the adjacent teeth to cement a bridge over the prepared teeth versus an implant can replace a tooth root and restore the missing tooth without the involvement of other teeth.

Dentures can move and are loose. They press on the gums and can cause sores in the mouth. If you have an active lifestyle, a loose denture can be embarrassing.

Implants allow for the same biting strength as natural teeth.

Implants look and feel so natural that most of our patients can’t tell which one it is.

Implants can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.

 

FACIAL CHANGES

As teeth are lost, facial structures collapse.

 
 
 

IMPLANT PROSTHESIS OPTIONS

A SINGLE CROWN OR FIXED BRIDGE

The dental implant is placed where the missing tooth was lost. When the implant becomes stable then an abutment is connected to it to secure a crown. The tooth colored ceramic crown then replicates the missing tooth. If more than one implant is placed then bridges can be attached to replace the missing teeth.

 
 
 

IMPLANT OVERDENTURES AND PARTIAL DENTURES

Dentures can be secured into place with implants. Specialized clips are used to engage the implants and provide retention. Sometimes 2 implants is all it takes to eliminate the need for messy denture adhesives.

 
 
 

BAR OVERDENTURES

To increase stability and retention, a specialized custom milled titanium bar can be attached to the implants. This bar allows the implants to share the forces of chewing. The denture can then be clipped onto the bar.

 
 

FIXED PROSTHESIS (TEETH IN A DAY OR ALL-ON-4)

A patient once told me that he did not want to take his teeth out to be cleaned. He did not want these teeth to ever accidentally fall out. A screw retained fixed prosthesis is the perfect way to replace multiple missing teeth. 4 or more implants are placed. A denture or prosthesis can then be screwed onto the implants. The teeth are then brushed and flossed in your mouth.

 
 
 
 
 

CONSULTATION

Dr. Joe Nguyen will review your case and help you determine what treatment you could benefit from. X-rays, photographs and records can help determine if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. We can also give you alternative solutions to help determine what fits your budget. Dr. Joe works with an implant surgeon to effectively plan and place the implants. After the implants are successfully integrated then the teeth can be attached to it.

 

ACTUAL CASES OF POWAY IMPLANT DENTIST DR. JOE N.T. NGUYEN