An implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically inserted into your jawbone. After the small titanium post has been placed and is completely healed, Dr. Tran will create a custom crown that attaches to it, restoring your smile and your confidence. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime, so consider this a long-term investment in your oral health. If you’re missing teeth, contact us now to learn more about this life-changing solution.
Dental implants have a number of unique benefits. First, they have the best longevity of any dental treatment and can last up to 30 years with proper care. It’s also easy to take care of dental implants. As long as you brush and floss properly and see Dr. Tran for a cleaning every six months, your smile will stay strong and healthy for years to come.
In addition, dental implants look very natural and function just like natural teeth. They will not move or shift while you eat, speak or chew. Your smile and bite will be restored, and you’ll avoid the complications related to tooth loss.
The dental implant placement process will begin with your mouth being cleaned and numbed. You can also be sedated, if you wish. Then, Dr. Tran will use your dental implant placement plan to determine the proper position for your dental implant.
Next, a small opening will be made in your gums and jaw bone. Dr. Tran will then position your implant in this opening. Once your implant is positioned properly, he will then clean and disinfect the area, and suture it shut. This completes the procedure, which may be repeated if you are having multiple implants placed.
If you are missing a full arch of teeth, or several teeth within an arch, Origin Dental offers full arch restorations as a permanent, natural-looking solution that will restore your health and your confidence. This option can greatly enhance your quality of life and the overall health of your mouth. With permanent, full arch restorations, there is no need to remove artificial teeth from your mouth for cleanings or before bed. And our permanent restorations won’t shift or slip on your gums. Instead, they feel as secure and natural as your real teeth. Call Origin Dental and schedule a consultation with our Sorrento Valley dentists today.
Once your mouth has healed for 3-6 months and the implant has osseointegrated with your jaw bone, you will get an implant-supported restoration like a crown, dental bridge, or full-arch implant-supported denture.
During the time that you are healing, you will come back to the Origin Dental office for regular appointments. Dr. Tran will take dental impressions and images of your teeth as your mouth. These will be used to create your implant-supported restoration.
Once your mouth has fully healed, you’ll come back for your final appointment, and your implant-supported restoration will be attached to your implant. This completes the procedure.
Mini implants are a solution for patients who are missing teeth, but aren't able to undergo invasive surgery and repeat dental appointments. This is also an option for patients who have lost too much bone mass in their jaws to receive a full-sized implant. In these cases, mini implants may be the best option to restore your smile. Dr. Tran can usually place a mini implant in just one visit using local anesthesia and without any sutures. If you’re missing teeth, give us a call to schedule a consultation to determine if this is the best option for you.
After your procedure, you will likely experience some bruising, pain, discomfort, and intermittent bleeding for the first 1-3 days after your implant has been placed. Your jaw may also feel sore and stiff. If you have been prescribed any painkillers, take them as directed by Dr. Tran.
Otherwise, you can use over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin to help with pain and discomfort. Icing the area for 10 minutes at a time can also help with swelling and discomfort. You should also eat mostly soft foods for about a week after your implant is placed. Brush and floss normally, but be sure to be very gentle near the implant site.
After about a week, your implant will be mostly healed, and you should no longer feel much discomfort, though your jaw may still feel a bit bruised and stiff. You can resume a normal diet around this time. Most patients fully recover within 7-14 days of their surgery. Around this time, you’ll also come into our office for a brief follow-up appointment.