Dental Implants in Livermore, CA

Dental implants are titanium posts that are designed to replace the roots of missing teeth. These artificial roots can be used to secure one or several false teeth in place to fill in gaps in your smile and restore bite functionality. Many patients prefer dental implants to other methods of replacing missing teeth because they provide a strong, secure foundation and feel just like regular teeth. If you’ve lost a tooth, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Lin today.

FAQ

The first step in the dental implant procedure is the preparation of the site of implantation. This means opening up the gum tissue to expose the jawbone where the implant will be placed and using a special drill to create holes for the implants. For a dental implant to be successful, the patient must have sufficient bone structure to support it. In some cases, an additional bone grafting procedure may be required to create a strong enough jawbone for the implants to attach to.

After the site has been prepared, the dentist will place the implants and stitch the tissue up so the implants can begin to heal and become part of the jawbone. During the healing process, dental implants fuse to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This process is what makes replacement teeth connected to dental implants feel so natural – the implants become a part of your mouth.

Once the implants have been placed and are ready, a post is then attached to the top of each implant. These posts are what hold a replacement crown, bridge, or even a full set of dentures securely in place. The time it takes for dental implants to heal and be ready for replacement teeth varies from patient to patient, but it typically takes around 3-6 months. After the healing is complete, the dentist will install natural-looking replacement teeth that match any existing teeth.

Though it might sound like a painful procedure, most patients only report feeling mild discomfort and soreness after receiving dental implants. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the site of implantation during the procedure, and in some cases, can sedate you if you’re feeling particularly anxious about the surgery. The part of your mouth where implants are placed has very few pain-sensing nerves, so getting dental implants is a relatively painless procedure.

If you’ve ever had a root canal or a tooth extracted, the soreness you will feel after a dental implant procedure is comparable to what you probably felt after those operations. In most cases, an over-the-counter painkiller is enough to manage the discomfort in the first 48 hours after the procedure. After a couple of days, the soreness and swelling subside, and discomfort is usually completely gone after no longer than two weeks.

If you are missing a single tooth, several teeth in a row, or even a full set of teeth, dental implants can be the most natural-looking and comfortable way to restore your smile and biting ability. Dental implants can be preferable to dental bridges because they eliminate the need for crowning the teeth on either side of a bridge. Even multiple missing teeth can be supported with just two or three dental implants.

Since the implants fuse to your jawbone and become artificial roots, they hold replacement teeth in place very securely. This makes them an attractive alternative to traditional dentures that can move around in your mouth. Dental implants also tend to be the most durable way to replace teeth. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene and health, dental implants can last a lifetime, though the false teeth on top of them might need to be replaced eventually.

Some Common Reasons to Get Dental Implants:

  • Hold a crown in place to replace a single missing tooth
  • Support several missing teeth as an alternative to a bridge or dentures
  • Restore bite functionality and chewing power
  • Recreate the natural look and feel of your teeth

Though dental implants have an extremely high success rate in healthy patients, several patient factors can make someone ineligible to receive implants. Active smokers are generally not good candidates for the procedure because smoking increases the likelihood of complications and failure. Patients who have poor gum health and bone structure, as well as patients with autoimmune diseases, may also need to consider other replacement options.

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Though dental implants have an extremely high success rate in healthy patients, several patient factors can make someone ineligible to receive implants. Active smokers are generally not good candidates for the procedure because smoking increases the likelihood of complications and failure. Patients who have poor gum health and bone structure, as well as patients with autoimmune diseases, may also need to consider other replacement options.

 

For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, call our office in Livermore, California today.

Technology & Safety

Providing a safe and relaxing environment, supported by the use of technology, is a top priority at Brent C. Lin, DDS. We are proud to share just some of the technology and tools we provide to our patients.

Cerec 3D CAD-CAM technology

Advanced technology that creates a 3D image of your teeth, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and a second visit.

Panoramic/CBCT (Cone beam) Imaging

Advanced diagnostic technology that takes panoramic and/or 3D images of your skull to increase diagnostic capabilities — all in about 14 seconds! All you do is stand there!

Sterilization

State-of-the-art sterilization machine (used by only 3% of practices)

Computerized Delivery

Computerized anesthetic delivery system that achieves painless, efficient injections to patients

Computerized Dental Record

Computerized dental health records and management system. Online patient can also access to dental records.

Highly Trained Staff

Highly trained and licensed providers and staff

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