When you have broken or missing teeth you have a selection of restoration options to choose from, including traditional bridges and dentures. The most advanced treatment available, however, is dental implantation. Designed to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, dental implants can provide permanent results whether you’re missing one, several, or all of your teeth. Furthermore, dental implants can do more than enhance the aesthetics of your smile, they can also improve your ability to chew and speak, and your rehabilitated smile may also increase your self-image and enjoyment of life. If you already use dentures or have a bridge in place, dental implants from Dr. Arun Narang & Associates may be a suitable replacement if you are dissatisfied with the current condition of your restorations.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are state-of-the-art dental restorations that are used to replace one or more missing teeth and to provide the same function and aesthetics as natural teeth. These tooth replacement systems are comprised of a titanium rod, which is inserted into the jawbone for stability and quality, and a ceramic dental crown, which offers the same bite surface and appearance as an organic tooth. Considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, dental implants can help you restore your smile comfortably and beautifully for many years.
To help you determine whether dental implants may be right for you, as well as to provide the highest level of patient care and service, Dr. Arun Narang will be available to examine you, develop a customized treatment, and plan the surgery. If it turns out you require bone grafting, our oral surgeon and periodontist, Dr. Oleh Korol and Dr. Nasser Derakshan, can best address this concern, if needed.
Am I good candidate for dental implants?
Many people with missing teeth can benefit from the use of dental implants, but not everyone is an ideal candidate. It’s important to have good jawbone density for this procedure to provide optimal results. In the event you have insufficient bone structure, bone grafting surgery may be able to help. You should also be in good overall health and be a nonsmoker. Other medical conditions and factors may play a role, and our skilled team can help you determine if this or another technique can give you the best possible outcome.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are particularly effective because they are secured to the jawbone through the gumline, the same as your natural teeth. Comprised of titanium posts, these implants are positioned to provide a supportive structure for your cosmetic restoration, such as a permanent dental bridge, porcelain crown, or dentures. Once placed, the posts will be allowed to heal before the restoration will be attached. To be qualified for this procedure you will need to have sufficiently healthy gums and bone tissue. As a result of the dental implant process, patients are able to enjoy missing teeth replacements that do not move or slip along the gumline and offer exceptional cosmetic and functional results.
Single Missing Tooth Replacement
When you have lost a single tooth from an otherwise functional and aesthetically appealing smile, you will likely feel some concern about discovering the best replacement option available, one that seamlessly blends with your existing teeth. Furthermore, you may want an artificial tooth that will not cause damage to your surrounding healthy teeth or tissue. In this situation, you may be best served with a single dental implant.
Multiple Missing Teeth Replacement
There are some cases of multiple missing teeth, such as when the three posterior teeth are gone, wherein the only permanent replacement method will be dental implants with a fixed bridge attachment. There are many benefits to utilizing dental implants to replace multiple missing teeth regardless of their location, including preservation of the jawbone structure, improved stability and strength, and the potential for enhanced facial contour.
Stabilize Loose Dentures in One Day
Dentures can become loose over time or suffer from an imperfect fit. If you’re experiencing this problem, miniature dental implants can help to stabilize uncomfortable dentures and improve their longevity. The mini dental implant procedure typically requires less downtime than full dental implantation, and you usually can have the treatment completed in one day.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
A serious injury or accident can lead to several broken, damaged, or missing teeth that require more than a single procedure to repair. A full mouth reconstruction is a highly detailed customized treatment plan that can address multiple concerns and may include implants, crowns, fillings, veneers, and/or bridges. Dr. Narang and his skilled team will develop a precise dental plan that offers the best cosmetic and functional outcome possible. With over 25 years experience, Dr. Narang has considerable skill with optimizing the aesthetic and functional results of a full mouth reconstruction.
What is the dental implants procedure like?
The procedure will be similar regardless of whether you are receiving one, several, or a full set of dental implants, but some elements will be singular to your experience. You should have a friend or family member available to take you home, or we can help you set up accommodations at a nearby hotel, if you prefer. When you arrive, we will review the details of your treatment plan and what we will be doing that day. If you are having one tooth replaced, expect the process to take about one to two hours, while restoring a full arch can take about four or five hours.
We will make you as comfortable as possible. You will be numbed for the procedure, and the type of anesthetic used will depend on your treatment plan. If you experience anxiety, our sedation dentistry options are available to put you at greater ease. Please inform us in advance if you believe you will benefit from one of these techniques. Once you are ready, Dr. Narang will surgically implant the posts into the jawline. You should feel no pain and only minimal, if any, discomfort. The posts are placed in a very specific configuration to optimize the stability and strength of your implants.
Once the procedure is complete, you will be allowed to rest in our recovery room. You will be given a temporary restoration while your implants integrate with your bone, which can take four to six months. Once healing is complete, your permanent dental crowns, which fit on top of the posts, will be placed. We will adjust the appearance of your smile to suit your cosmetic goals and individual needs. Throughout your experience we will monitor your progress to ensure you have the care and support you need for the best possible outcome. If you ever have questions, we invite you to contact us. Our team is always happy to help.
Will the procedure be painful?
Most patients report very little pain, and it’s possible to perform the procedure using local anesthetic. For individuals who experience anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry techniques that will allow you to relax more comfortably or even to be asleep during the treatment. Your experience is of primary concern, and we want to make this process as easy as possible for you.
How long will recovery take?
Recovery varies based on the technique used (such as same-day implants versus traditional dental implants) as well as your unique rate of healing. The first step of the main process will be placing the posts through the gumline and into the jawbone. The posts then need time to heal, whether a temporary tooth or teeth are fitted or the final set is placed (as with same-day implants). The healing process can take between 6 and 12 weeks, at which point the bone should have fused with the rod. At this point, if you have traditional implants, an abutment will be placed to connect the dental crown and the rod, and the crowns will also be fitted. You should now be able to smile, speak, chew, and enjoy life with a restored smile that’s as good as new.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to be permanent fixtures, and many patients enjoy the use of these restorations for the rest of their lives without the need for retreatment. You can help extend the life of your dental implants by brushing and flossing as directed and keeping regularly scheduled dental appointments.
How do I care for dental implants?
Caring for your dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth. You should brush them twice daily and floss once daily. Routine checkups with your dentist twice yearly, or as often as your dentist recommends, will also help to ensure your smile remains beautiful and strong for life. If desired, we can recommend additional cleansing aids. Dental implants and the replacement teeth cannot get cavities; however, they can be subject to wear and tear, so it’s still essential for you to take the best care of your teeth as you can. We’re here to help, so please feel free to ask us any questions that arise.
How much do dental implants cost?
We customize every procedure to suit the individual needs of each patient. As a result, the price of dental implants will vary from person to person. Factors that will affect the cost include the number of dental implants used, the complexity of the treatment plan, the type of dental crown or restoration needed, and other considerations. We believe that patients are best served if they have all the information at their disposal. We will provide a detailed overview of your program, including all estimated fees, so you can be well-informed about your procedure. If you would like to consider financing options, we can discuss payment plans during your initial consultation. Everyone should have access to a beautiful and healthy smile, and we will work with you to find a solution that fits within your budget.
If you have additional questions about dental implants and our available options, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Narang, please contact our office today.