Dental implants are a natural-looking replacement for teeth that are fixed in place, meaning they do not come out. This allows you to maintain proper eating and speech, which may not always be possible with removable options. They will also help you maintain your overall health by maintaining healthy bone levels.
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 first step on the road to a new smile is your initial consultation appointment with Dr. McAllister. This is an opportunity for us to review your medical history and overall oral health, and oftentimes we will take a 3-D Cone Beam CT scan of your jaw to better assess whether or not you are a good implant candidate.
We will also ask you some questions about your treatment goals and go over potential treatment options. The majority of cases can be completed between three and six months.
The Dental Implant Process
After determining you are a candidate for implant placement, your process begins with tooth removal (if needed), supplemental procedures such as bone grafting (if needed), and the surgical placement of the titanium implant fixture. This is the part of the implant that works like a natural tooth root, and with healing time, will tightly fuse to your jaw bone.
Once adequate healing time has passed, the implant process will be completed by attaching the crown to the implant. The crown is the only part of the implant that people will see, and it is custom-made to blend in with your existing smile.
Dental implants can also be used to restore more than just one tooth. For example, multiple implants can be placed to support a denture for patients that are needing an entire arch replaced.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are made to last a lifetime with proper care. The titanium fixture of a dental implant integrates securely into your natural jawbone and becomes part of your mouth, permanently. This ensures a stable and permanent implant.
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 dental implant, your location, and the number or type of 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 part of the procedure. This can compromise your safety and the success of your implant.
Dental implants are easy to take care of — just brush and floss them as if they’re natural teeth. Regular six-month visits with Dr. McAllister can also 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 dental implant.