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Dental Implants

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All of us at Gateway Dentistry in Poway are aware of the difficulty a missing tooth can create. Dental implants help our patients regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and approach life boldly.

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The Process of Installing Implants

If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, you may qualify for Dental Implants in Poway as a permanent solution. To find out make an appointment with our Poway dentist office today. A thorough examination will determine if the procedure is right for you. Your gums need to be healthy and your jawbone strong before starting this procedure. Our dentists in Poway will check for any signs of disease or cavity, and address this as a first step.

Once cleared for the procedure, the staff at Gateway Dentistry of Poway will take an impression of your mouth to guide the creation of a new tooth or teeth in a dental lab. Each tooth is made to match the size and shape of the surrounding teeth as well as being a perfect color match. These steps assure that your implants will look and feel natural.

A titanium post is then implanted under the gum line. The titanium post is secured to the jawbone and acts as a root for the new tooth yet to be installed. It is as strong natural roots with one tremendous advantage – titanium doesn’t get infected.

It takes a few months for the titanium post and jawbone to fuse together. Once the titanium post is rigidly set into the bone a new synthetic tooth is fastened to the post at the gum line. Once the tooth is placed it is permanent. Patients can return to normal eating and lifestyle habits, confident that their new Dental Implant is not coming loose.

Patients seeking Dental Implants in Poway trust the staff at Gateway Dentistry to provide Dental Implants with comfort and functionality. As with all surgical procedures, it is important to seek only the best practitioners, thereby reducing the risk of complications. Our premier dental staff make sure every aspect of the procedure is completed correctly – the first time.

Caring for Dental Implants

Dental Implants are quite easy to care for. They are as durable and secure as natural teeth.

There are no lifestyle or activity restrictions with Dental Implants.

To care for implants, patients are advised to brush and floss daily like they normally would. Additionally, it is important to schedule dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year. While dental implants cannot themselves become infected, the teeth around them can, so good oral hygiene is still essential. In the event of gum disease or a dental abscess, the infection can spread, putting implants in jeopardy by compromising the surrounding bone.

If you already have implants and your teeth start to hurt, call today to schedule an appointment immediately. Early detection and the stemming of any possible infection will help keep your implant site healthy and the implant secure.

Consultation

To find out if implants are right for you, call us today. Our dentists and the staff at Gateway Dentistry of Poway are friendly and caring. Our offices are welcoming. We will take the time to educate and inform you of all of your options.

Patients of dental implants in Poway trust us to provide premier treatment designed to help them achieve their goals. Our dentists will make detailed recommendations about the best options for replacing your missing teeth. You can have a beautiful and natural looking smile by working with a professional implant dentist. If you are suffering from missing teeth, we can help transform your smile. Schedule an appointment and let us make your smile into something as beautiful as you are.

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Dental Implant FAQ

I need to replace two adjacent missing teeth. Can I get one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?

Generally, this is not a good idea. We have learned that it is not beneficial to attach implants to natural teeth. We frequently attach implants to each other, which can improve strength and works well. In a case like this, although it may be more expensive to place two implants instead of one, the long-term success is likely to be much better with the two implants.

I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?

In most cases of those with upper back teeth missing for a long time there is an increasing downward growth of the maxillary sinus. At birth, it is the size of a pea and progressively grows as the skull matures. This growth comes at the expense of the surrounding bone. If you are considering restoring your upper back teeth with Dental Implants, it may be necessary to perform a sinus elevation procedure to allow room for the placement of implants in this area to support those teeth. This involves a bone graft, where bone or synthetic bone material is placed into an area which was previously occupied by the lower part of the maxillary sinus. This procedure increases the available bones mass in which to place implants and restore the missing back teeth.

I’ve had dentures for several years and have much bone loss. My lower dentures are floaters and I need help. Is there still hope for me?

In most cases, with the new options in the field of dental prosthetic implants, some form of treatment is possible. We encourage people to seek help early if there are problems with their current situation. These include excessive use of denture adhesives; only able to chew soft food; unable to taste some foods; chronic mouth sores; unhappy with one’s appearance and bite position (in some cases the nose and chin getting closer together). The sooner the problems are addressed the more choices one has available for treatment. If you have any or all of the above symptoms, dental implants in Poway could very well be the answer for you.

I am missing all my teeth and wear full upper and lower dentures. I can no longer tolerate my lowers. Will I need an implant for every tooth I am replacing on the lower jaw?

It is not necessary to have an implant for every tooth that is being replaced. The number of implants necessary to provide support depends on the type of implants used and the type of teeth (removable vs. non- removable) that will be attached to the implants. A thorough oral exam and panoramic x-ray is all that is necessary in most cases, to determine which implant can be used and how many must be used. Sometimes additional x-rays or CT scans are used in more complicated cases.

I consulted a dentist several years ago about using implants to replace my lower denture and was told that I did not have adequate bone available to place enough in-the-bone implants without danger of fracturing my now fragile jawbone. Are there any alternatives?

With the rapid and dramatic advances in the field of implantology, there are now more choices and techniques. Cases in which a patient cannot receive an implant or a combination of implants is quite rare. Today we have available many types of implants designed to accommodate a multitude of issues.

I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured and must now be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant or do I need a bridge or a partial?

Teeth with root canals can fracture more easily than other teeth because they are weaker and somewhat dehydrated. Sometimes they are as brittle as glass. Earlier, the best available treatment was to remove the tooth, file down the adjacent teeth and make a bridge – caps on the adjacent teeth with an attached “dummy” tooth in between. Sometimes this still is the only way. However, in many cases, a dental implant in Poway can replace the fractured tooth thus sparing the adjacent teeth from filing and caps.

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