WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
It is vital to the general health and look of your smile to replace unsalvagable teeth. To help Corona and Norco, CA men and women address and replace missing teeth, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Prabh Grewal and Dr. Arthur Kilkuts are thrilled to provide natural-looking dental implants for tooth restoration utilizing Straumann® technology. A fixed implant consists of a titanium screw that serves as an artificial tooth root, and a personalized crown, bridge, or denture replaces the erupted portion of the missing tooth or teeth. If you have missing teeth or need a tooth extraction, set up a consultation at Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center to find out about your dental implant alternatives.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants placed by Dr. Grewal and Dr. Kilkuts give you a beautiful new smile and provide a number of functional and aesthetic benefits, including:
- Offering multiple options: single tooth, bridge, or full denture
- Creating a strong bite
- Allowing you to eat the foods you love
- Restoring the shape of your face
- Making it easier to speak naturally
- Improving oral health
- Giving your smile a natural look
- Preventing bone loss
In addition to these great benefits, dental implants also:
- Don’t get tooth decay
- Are more comfortable than dentures
- Support adjacent teeth
- Are easier to care for and maintain
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
You might be considered an ideal choice for oral implants if you have experienced the loss of teeth, need tooth extractions, or are dissatisfied with your present tooth replacement. To serve their purpose, implants call for proper bone mass, healthy gums, and a good oral environment. Many individuals might require other treatments before they are considered great candidates. Implants may not be an option if you are an expecting mother, use tobacco products, or have particular health concerns. During your appointment, Dr. Grewal will help you learn if fixed implants are good for you and your needs.
WHAT IS THE DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT PROCESS?
Implant-supported restorations are used to replace missing teeth, whether it be one tooth or a whole mouthful. The process for dental implants includes the precise positioning of a screw and attachment of a realistic oral restoration (like full-arch dentures, bridges, and crowns). To prepare your mouth for the procedure, it will be numbed with oral anesthesia; however, other sedation techniques might be used to help you feel more comfortable if necessary. We will surgically secure the post to your bone utilizing Straumann guided implant surgery, placing the post using state-of-the-art technology efficiently and precisely. From there, the post will be given time to become one with the jaw via a process known as osseointegration. When the treatment area has fully healed, typically several months afterward, one of our skilled oral surgeons will set a custom implant crown, denture, or full-arch piece and assess the alignment of your biting surfaces. After your initial appointment, you might have some inflammation, bruising, and pain close to the treated areas. Prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers and cool compresses should help manage this short-lived discomfort. Following your procedure, it’s crucial to follow a regular dental hygiene regimen with exceptional brushing and flossing and routine cleanings and exams.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Individuals who have this surgery may experience minor swelling, discoloration, and pain around the affected area. Physician-provided or over-the-counter pain medication and cool compresses could help ease any post-treatment discomfort. When the implant has fused with the jawbone — and the unique crown, denture, or bridge is positioned, it’s necessary to stick to a regular dental cleaning schedule with efficient tooth brushing and flossing practices. When patients visit Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center for their regular dental sessions, our team will utilize special dental tools to disinfect their implants and check up on the state of their restorations.
DENTAL IMPLANT FAQS
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
Dental implant procedures require several appointments over time because you require healing before setting your crown. Generally, we remove the damaged tooth, prep the jawbone, place the titanium post, allow the bone to heal, create your appliance, and set your artificial tooth. For each appointment, they can range from 1 – 2 hours. We will discuss how many appointments you need during your consultation.
How much do dental implants cost?
Because no two patients are the same, the dental implant cost will depend on each person’s specific needs. Each patient will receive a detailed treatment strategy that outlines everything, from nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to any associated fees. Our billing team will work with your insurance and develop a payment plan to make it easier for you.
Does it hurt to get dental implants?
With sedation methods during your appointment and by closely following aftercare instructions, you can reduce the temporary discomfort caused by your dental implant therapies. Before your appointments, if you experience dental anxiety, we can help reduce these issues. Often, our patients find that they don’t feel as bad as they expected following the dental implant procedures. However, the pain will depend on your tolerance and what stage you are at in your dental implant process.
A LIFELIKE SMILE
Thanks to modern technology, you no longer have to live with missing, damaged, or decayed teeth. With an array of methods to treat tooth loss with the seamless look and capabilities of fixed implants, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Prabh Grewal and Dr. Arthur Kilkuts offer implant-based crown, bridge, and denture alternatives as long-term tooth replacements to Corona, CA men and women. To discover the possibilities for restoring severely decayed or missing teeth or for more information on insurance and payment methods, give us a call at Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center today.