Long-lasting Dental Implants from Walnut Creek Dentist
Are you missing one or more teeth? While you may be bothered by the appearance of missing teeth, that gap in your smile can cause more than just aesthetic issues. Whether a single tooth is missing or no teeth are salvageable, dental implants are long-lasting, aesthetically and structurally sound options to combat tooth loss. Durable and discreet, dental implants consist of a synthetic tooth root, often made of titanium, to which a replacement tooth is attached.
At Pope Dental in Walnut Creek, restorative dentist Scott Pope, DDS, offers dental implant treatment for San Francisco-area patients with missing teeth.
Need for Dental Implants
Whether you are missing a single tooth or several teeth, the gap in your smile can cause various problems including:
- Loss or deterioration of jaw bone
- Shift of remaining teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Becoming self conscious about smiling
Dental implants covered with a dental crown or bridge can help combat these problems.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure used by our Walnut Creek restorative dentist is typically completed in three phases: implantation, osseointegration, and dental restoration placement.
Prior to the initial phase of the dental implant placement, any remaining tooth structure that is supposed to be replaced will need to be removed. During the first phase, Dr. Pope will insert a titanium rod or screw into the jawbone. This rod will act as the tooth’s root.
The second phase of the implant procedure, osseointegration is the process of the jaw healing and the rod becoming part of the jaw structure. During this stage, a temporary cap or cover is placed on the rod to protect it during the healing process. It can take several months for the jaw to fully heal.
Dental Restoration Placement
Once the jaw has healed and the dental implant is in place, Dr. Pope will place the dental restoration on the tooth. Typically this is a dental crown; however, in some cases, the restoration may be a dental bridge or fixed dentures, depending on the number of missing teeth.
With proper care and dental hygiene, many patients at our San Francisco Bay Area practice find their dental implants can last for many years, and in some cases a lifetime. If a replacement tooth should become damaged, however, a new restoration can be placed.
GALILEOS – CEREC® INTEGRATION (GCI)
GCI assures Effective Implant Therapy:
- Evaluate surgical and prosthetic parameters immediately and simultaneously
- Measure gingival line and thickness prior to surgical procedures
- Optimize implant alignment and assure correct placement to achieve optimum results:
- - Reduced incidence of esthetic complications
- - Avoidance of angled abutments – Patient-specific abutments
- - Reduced incidence of unfavorable loading, which can shorten
Additional Benefits of GALILEOS & CEREC® Integration:
- Patient communication is enhanced through faster visualization.
- Various treatment options can be discussed and finalized directly, so there is a better case of immediate acceptance.
- Virtual planning of surgical guide allows for faster and more reliable treatment with fewer complications. This results in higher patient satisfaction with final outcome.
Contact Our San Francisco Bay Area Dental Practice
If you are missing one or more teeth and are wondering if dental implants are the best solution for you, contact our San Francisco Bay Area dental practice today. During a dental consultation, Walnut Creek dentist Scott Pope, DDS, will give you a comprehensive dental examination and discuss the pros and cons of dental implants for your specific needs. To see before and after photos of actual patients of Dr. Pope, check out our Smile Gallery.
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