Our integrated team of dental and oral surgery professionals combined with state-of-the-art imaging technology, allows us to provide truly holistic dental implant treatment, from the single tooth replacement to multiple full arch cases.
Traditionally patients have had to visit multiple locations doctors for the digital imaging recommended for the placement of dental implants, as well as the surgical placement and restoration(s). While some specialized clinics have centralized and streamlined the placement of dental implants, you have to leave the comfort and convenience of your primary dentist's office. Here at Honeygo Village Dentistry you can have the best of both worlds.
We offer the full array of general dentistry services. Additionally we have an oral surgeon, Dr. Bonnie Arroyo, DDS on staff. Our specialist works in conjunction with our general dentists to both advise and treat, where necessary, your needs as a dental implant patient. And because all of this is being taken care of under one roof, this can mean substantial cost savings to you.
Beginning with a consultation with your dentist and continuing with the placement of any necessary implant(s), and finally the restoration associated with the implants, the continued dental care by our team in the subsequent months and years following treatment provide for the highest standard-of-care.
Dental Implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. For the longest-lasting result, there simply isn't a better tooth-replacement option. An additional benefit of dental implants is that they also help to preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates after a tooth is lost. Bone loss is one of the major consequences of losing teeth.
Most often a dental implant is in the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that acts to replace the root-portion of a missing tooth. Dental implant placement is a minor and routine surgical procedure that generally only requires local anesthesia (in most cases). After it has had time to heal, the dental implant is topped with a life-like crown that is customized to match with your existing natural teeth. The documented success rate of dental implants is over 95%, which is much higher than other tooth-replacement options.
The implant is inserted into the jawbone in the space left by the missing tooth. After placement, it will need time to heal before the final crown is attached. The dental implant should actually fuse to the bone surrounding it during this healing period.
Tooth-Replacement with implants can take many forms
When you have one missing tooth, a single implant is inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth's root part; a dental crown then goes on top of the implant in order to simulate a natural tooth. This choice of treatment has the highest rate of success, making it a great long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Although the initial outlay is a bit higher than other options, it is generally the most cost-effective solution over time. A dental implant never decays or needs root canal therapy, and it feels like the tooth that was there before.
Implants can be a great solution, when you have multiple missing teeth. Dental implants can act as supports for fixed bridgework in the form of an implant-supported bridge. In this instance, you don't need an implant for every missing tooth. Less implants can be used and your remaining natural teeth won't need to be used as bridge supports. Not using your natural teeth as bridge supports avoids a situation where you could potentially weaken your natural teeth over time and make them more susceptible to decay.
Hybrid dentures use dental Implants to support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth. These arches are fixed and are never removed. The number of implants necessary for support varies depending on the underlying bone quality. In some case, the new teeth can be supported by as little as four implants, but in other cases more implants might be needed.
Dental Implants can make removable dentures more comfortable to wear. They also can be healthier and more effective because traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This can accelerates bone loss, resulting in jaw shrinking and the dentures slipping (particularly on the lower arch). An alternative is to attach a removable denture onto implants by providing what's referred to as an overdenture, which transfers that pressure to the bone structure rather than the soft tissue. This helps to prevent the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the underlying bone structure.
There are two primary reasons an implant may lose its bone attachment and fails (after successful fusion).
Excessive biting can come from bruxism or an insufficient number of dental implants. It's important that your provider places the correct number of implants so that this does not happen. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, a nightguard will be recommended to protect your implants.
Implants are a long-term investment in your health and your smile, so protect your investment!