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. Dan McAllister has completed numerous implant continuing education courses and is a fellow of the California Implant Institute, the Resnik Implant Institute, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Your Initial Consult
Your journey toward a rejuvenated smile begins with an initial consultation appointment with Dr. McAllister. During this appointment, he’ll review your medical history and overall health. Additionally, to accurately assess your implant requirements, we may conduct a 3-D Cone Beam CT Scan of your jaw.
To better understand your smile goals, we’ll also inquire about your preferences and discuss various treatment options. We aim to discover the perfect tooth-loss solution that you will truly cherish. Once Dr. McAllister decides they’re necessary, we’ll begin your dental implant process.
The Dental Implant Process
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.
Dr. McAlister will begin your dental implant process with tooth removal and any necessary supplemental procedures, such as bone grafting. Then, he’ll surgically place the titanium implant fixture, which functions as a natural tooth root. You’ll begin your healing period, so the titanium will fuse tightly to your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. This integration process typically takes 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 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.
Although the implant fixture itself is highly unlikely to ever detach, the natural-looking dental crown on top has a shorter lifespan. Dental crowns last approximately 10 to 15 years but can last longer if you stay on top of your dental health.
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, this 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 your dentist can also help ensure your dental implant is as healthy as possible.
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.