Dental Implant Placement and Restoration

Dental implants are a state-of-the-art approach to replacing missing teeth. The implants are made up of two basic parts. The implant itself is a titanium post that is placed surgically into the gum where your tooth was. As you heal, the post becomes a part of your jaw, a process known as osseointegration.

The part of the implant that everyone sees is the crown that is attached to the implant. This crown is highly realistic, and nobody will know that it isn’t one of your natural teeth. At Ai Family Dental, we are able to both place and restore dental implants, meaning that the entire process can be completed in our office by the dentist you know and trust.

Give us a call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Liao to learn more about this fascinating technique.

Reasons for Implants

✱ Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
✱ Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
✱ Restore a patient’s confident smile.
✱ Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
✱ Restore or enhance facial tissues.
✱ Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

Caring For Your Dental Implants

It’s extremely important to care for your implants as you would any other teeth. That being said, make sure to follow these steps to ensure your implants last for years to come:

◆ Eat a healthy diet (cut back on sweets and soft drinks)

◆ See your dentist regularly (every 4-6 months) for hygiene appointments

◆ Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a soft or electric toothbrush

◆ Floss every day or use a water flosser (Waterpik)

◆ Always clean between the teeth and around the dental implant

Dental Implant FAQ’s

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Several alternatives to dental implants include dental bridges, which bridge the gap between existing teeth; partial and full dentures, which are removable appliances replacing missing teeth; resin-bonded bridges, a less invasive option; tooth-supported overdentures, offering more stability than traditional dentures; and flippers, a temporary solution. The choice depends on individual needs, oral health, and preferences, requiring consultation with a dental professional.

What Is the Alternative to Dental Implants?

Individuals unsuitable for dental implants include those with insufficient bone density, uncontrolled chronic diseases, or undergoing certain therapies. Smoking habits and conditions or medications affecting bone growth also impact candidacy. Evaluation by a dental professional is essential for determination.

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

A candidate for dental implants is generally someone who is in good overall health and has adequate bone density in the jaw to support the implant. Good oral hygiene and healthy gums are also essential, as is the willingness to commit to regular dental visits and good oral care at home. People who are heavy smokers, suffer from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area may need to be evaluated on an individual basis. A dental professional can best assess if dental implants are a suitable solution based on individual health conditions and needs.

What Is a Mini Dental Implant?

A mini dental implant is smaller and used where space is limited or a less invasive procedure is preferred. It securely attaches dentures, crowns, or bridges, often stabilizing lower jaw dentures. The placement is less invasive, typically completed in one visit with less recovery time, but a consultation with a dental professional is essential for assessing suitability and ensuring long-term success.

What Causes Dental Implants to Loosen?

Dental implants can loosen due to various reasons such as infection, inadequate bone density, or excessive pressure and stress on the implant. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, which may compromise the stability of the implant. Additionally, overloading or incorrect placement of the implant can also contribute to loosening. Regular dental check-ups are essential for monitoring the condition of implants and addressing any issues promptly.