Guided Implant Surgery
Dental implants are the number one recommended treatment option for replacing missing teeth. The reason for this is that a dental implant is the tooth replacement option that is most similar to your natural tooth. Unlike with bridges, your dentist does not have to touch the adjacent teeth and you do not have to struggle to clean under and around it. Also, dental implants cannot get cavities! Implants are also a great option to help stabilize ill-fitting dentures.
At Energetic Smile, we have a state-of-the-art, digital, three-dimensional scanning system called a cone beam CT, or cone beam 3D imaging. We use this scan to help determine the optimum placement of the implant, so that we can plan and guide your implant surgery.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are made with titanium and placed into the jaw bone to mimic a tooth root. After the implant is placed in the bone, it needs several months to lock into or integrate properly into the bone. Then a second piece called an abutment is placed. Next, an impression can be taken of the implant for the lab to use to fabricate a custom-made crown to match your teeth. A few weeks after the impression, you can return for the final visit where the crown is tried in and adjusted to ensure proper fit. Then you can leave with your new tooth!
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
It takes time to complete the implant, but once the implant is completed, it is the longest lasting and most effective replacement of missing teeth available today.
It is important to brush and floss these as normal to ensure your gums and bone stay healthy so that this implant can last a lifetime!
Dr. Lena DeBaz and her team at Energetic Smile are happy to consult with you regarding dental implants, their cost, and to determine if you are a candidate for them. Ask us for more information if dental implants are the right solution for you! To schedule a consultation, call us today at 714.594.7009.