Dental implants are an alternative option from a bridge or a removable partial denture. A dental implant is a direct replacement for a root of a tooth and is used to hold an artificial tooth or bridge that looks very real in person. Dental implants are a good option for candidates that don’t want a bridge or partial denture from tooth loss by periodontal disease, failed root canal, dead tooth, or accidentally knocked their teeth out. Dental implants are a titanium screw that is surgically mounted to the bone your previous tooth root was attached to. A porcelain crown is then attached to the titanium implant and looks as real as the other teeth in your mouth. The main advantages are great improvement of chewing food and feeling comfortable because they feel like your own real teeth. The success rate of dental implants is very high and is becoming a popular procedure for many patients needing replacement teeth.
This patient had a pre-existing long span bridge where the last molar failed and the bridge had to be cut. Only the front two abutment crowns were left. Three implants were placed, replacing his bicuspid and two molars. After four months of implant osseo- integration, the case is crowned. See the next photos below for the crowns.
This is the case after it has been restored. The three implants are now integrated after four months. Then they are now crowned. The crowns on the implants look better than the real teeth with crowns.
She, after four months now, had her existing lower denture modified to clip on to the implant system for stabilization. See how her low lip is supported. Now she was comfortable and out of floating lower denture misery.
This case involved extracting two failed root canal treated teeth. See the fractured root on the right X-ray. He was put to sleep and received pure oxygen during treatment. You can see the implants on the X-ray and in the mouth. The patient wore a healing flipper for four months.
Dental Implants have truly changed the quality of care we can give our patients at an affordable price. In the past patients only could chose between a partial denture or a bridge to restore missing teeth. This is no longer case and after over 30 years of dental research dental implants has proven itself to be the best long term treatment for missing teeth if done early enough. In order to be a candidate for successful implant placement you need the correct amount of bone, good oral hygiene, and refrain from smoking. All our patients are evaluated with a dental 3-D CT scan which allows us to see if any complications can arise. We are the first Camarillo dental practice to provide our patients with our own dental CT scan. This keeps the costs much lower to our patients and we don’t have to deal with extra travel time as well as a long waiting period for results. The dental CT scan allows for accurate and safe placement of dental implants without causing unnecessary trauma or complications.