If you are missing one or more teeth, you may feel embarrassed to smile and laugh, or have trouble biting and chewing. Missing most or all of your teeth can change your facial appearance, and could even lead to bone loss in the jaw! No matter whether you’re missing one tooth or all 32, dental implants are a lifelong solution. Dental implant surgery can restore dental function, enhance your smile esthetics, and even improve your oral health. Dr. Ash and the entire team at Harmony Dentistry is highly experienced in providing dental implants in Mission Viejo, CA and is eager to help you restore your smile’s potential.
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are permanently attached to your jaw. They are made up of three components: a post, an abutment and a restoration. Because the post is implanted into your jawbone, dental implants are the strongest and most versatile tooth replacements available. This permanent solution needs a skilled touch and an experienced implant dentist in order to have the greatest chance of success. Our team provides a variety of dental implant treatments, and we use the most modern technology and high-end materials to improve your results even further. Our expertise can help you live a life of confidence in Mission Viejo, CA!
Your mouth is as unique as you are, and no matter who you are, you’ll need dental implant treatment that’s tailored to your needs. That’s why Dr. Ash performs four different types of dental implant surgery:
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth. The restoration sits on a single post in the space where the original tooth used to be.
If you have more than one missing or problem tooth, implant-supported bridges and crowns may be a solution for you. These place replacements for multiple teeth on a single post, giving you the benefits of dental implants while reducing your pain level and recovery time.
If full mouth dental implants aren’t something you’re interested in, consider implant supported dentures. These dentures are removable like normal dentures, but they attach to surgically installed posts inside your mouth. With implant supported dentures, you can eat a more varied diet and reduce jawbone recession.
Full mouth dental implants, also called Full Mouth® or All-On-X dental implants, are tooth replacements for the entire mouth. They attach to four or more titanium or zirconium posts that are implanted into the jawbone. In patients missing many or all of their teeth, this is the best way to prevent jawbone loss and other health complications.
Dr. Ash and the entire Harmony Dental team personalize every step of getting dental implants. The first step is to complete a consultation with one of our implant dentists in Mission Viejo, CA, where we’ll learn your medical and dental history, take digital X-rays and create your custom treatment plan. The next step is preparation for the surgery: depending on what you need, we may have to extract teeth, perform bone grafting or treat periodontal disease before you get your dental implants.
The surgery itself takes less than a day. We use fully guided techniques for all our dental implant surgery, so implant placement is the most effective and efficient. You’ll spend the whole time sedated in one of our massage chairs, so the experience will be pain-free. Most of the time, we’re able to provide immediate load solutions, sending you home with a temporary set of teeth that same day!
While many of our patients experience mild pain after their dental implant surgery, this is manageable in most cases using over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol. Once your posts are fully healed, you shouldn’t feel a thing. Meanwhile, the post will fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, so your dental implants won’t shift around or cause pain!
We find that most of our patients are candidates for full mouth dental implants. If you’re in generally good health, a non-smoker and have no oral infection, you’re likely to be an ideal candidate for dental implants. Even if there are risk factors, we can help make you a good candidate!
Dental implant surgery generally takes between one and two hours for each implant. This means that you can get a full mouth of dental implants in a single day!
The permanent restorations can take between four and six months to be placed, depending on how quickly you heal. This extended healing period is critical to make sure your new dental implants fit your mouth properly and that all swelling in the jaw has gone down. In terms of immediate recovery from the surgery, expect to take a day or two to rest before jumping back into your daily activities.
Dental implants have a number of advantages over dentures, bridges and other tooth replacements. Because they attach directly to the jaw, they don’t need healthy teeth to support the restoration, making implants a superior option to bridges. Additionally, unlike dentures, dental implants provide stimulation to keep the jawbone healthy. Also, dental implants are unique in that they act like artificial tooth roots, making them stable and permanently fixed. This is why they can restore 99% of your biting and chewing power. For this reason, implants are a preferred solution for nearly all of our patients at Harmony Dentistry.
The lifelong advantages of dental implants don’t come without a cost. Dental implant surgery is quite a bit more expensive than dentures and bridges. However, we want every one of our patients in Mission Viejo, CA to have the opportunity to experience the transformative effects of dental implants in their life. This is why we do everything possible to make your dental implant treatment achievable. Not only do we file your insurance claim on your behalf, we are glad to work with multiple third-party financing companies, which can break your payment down into manageable monthly payments. We make implant dentistry affordable at Harmony Dentistry! Don’t wait to schedule your consultation.
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