Dental implants are a natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. The titanium implants are fixed in place so they don’t shift or come out, unlike other restorative solutions. Our restorative solutions allow you to maintain proper eating and speech. Our dental implants also help you keep your jaw bone strong.
Dr. McAllister has completed numerous implant continuing education courses and is a fellow of the California Implant Institute, Misch Implant Institute, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Your Initial Consult
The start of your restored smile journey is your initial consultation appointment with Dr. McAllister. During your appointment, he’ll review your medical history and overall health. We may also take a 3-D Cone Beam CT scan of your jaw to better assess your implant needs.
We’ll also ask you some questions about your smile goals and go over potential treatment options to find the tooth-loss solution you’ll love. Once Dr. McAllster decides they’re necessary, we’ll begin your dental implant process.
The Dental Implant Process
Dr. McAlister will begin your dental implant process with tooth removal and any necessary supplemental procedures such as bone grafting. Then, Dr. McAllister will surgically place the titanium implant fixture. This is the part of the implant that works like a natural tooth root. You’ll begin your healing period so the titanium will fuse tightly to your jaw bone through a process called osseointegration, which can take three to six months.
After you’ve fully healed, we’ll finish your procedure by attaching the porcelain crown to the implant. The crown is custom-made to blend seamlessly with your existing smile.
Dental implants can restore more than just one tooth. For example, we can place multiple implants to support a denture for patients who needs an entire arch replaced.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are made to last a lifetime with proper care. The titanium fixture of an implant integrates securely into your natural jawbone and becomes a permanent part of your mouth. This ensures a stable and long-lasting solution to tooth loss.
While the fixture is unlikely to ever come out, the natural-looking dental crown on top has a shorter lifespan. Dental crowns tend to last for about 10 to 15 years but can last longer if you stay on top of your dental health. Crowns for dental implants are easily replaced with a simple visit to Dr. McAllister.
The cost of dental implants varies. Factors such as the materials in your implant, your location, and the number or type of dental implants you need can affect the price of your procedure.
While cheaper dental implant procedures may be tempting, a nice deal may mean the dentist is sacrificing an important aspect of the procedure. This can compromise your safety and the success of your implant.
Dental implants are easy to take care of — simply brush and floss them as if they’re natural teeth. Regular six-month visits with Dr. McAllister can also help ensure your dental implant is as healthy as possible.
Right after your procedure, you’ll have to be very careful with your surgical site. Avoid using a straw and be careful when rinsing your mouth or spitting. These actions can endanger your oral health and the integrity of your implant.