Dental implants are generally regarded as the best tooth replacement option available today. Typically, dental implants give patients who have an unrestorable tooth or missing teeth the ability to enjoy a complete smile that looks and feels strong, natural and functional. Dental implants may be used in conjunction with a dental crown for a single tooth replacement, or with a dental prosthetic (like a bridge or a denture) to replace multiple teeth. At Angel Ranch Dental in Yorba Linda, Dr. Prasher performs every stage of this procedure right here in-office making it convenient and comfortable for our patients.
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Why Choose Angel Ranch Dental in Yorba Linda for Dental Implants?
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants actually replace the entire natural tooth, which includes the root beneath the gums and jawbone, unlike conventional dentures and fixed dental bridges. The root of a natural tooth provides vital stimulation to the jaw bone; without it, gradual jaw bone deterioration is very likely to occur, which is why so many older patients with tooth loss eventually develop a “sunken in” facial appearance. By replicating the root part of the natural tooth structure, dental implants successfully support ongoing oral health while also preserving a natural and healthy facial appearance.
Additional benefits of dental implants include the following:
Once completed, they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, both aesthetically and functionally.
They can be cared for with brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups just like the rest of your smile.
Their conservative nature won’t threaten the health of surrounding teeth, unlike conventional bridges which have to prepare adjacent teeth to fit the bridge.
They can last for decades at a time or even the rest of the patient’s life.
Indications for Dental Implants
Typically patients present with a cracked or unrestorable tooth which requires tooth removal. After tooth loss or a dental injury, it can be challenging to eat, speak and smile without difficulty. Before seeing the dentist, patients may not realize the full effects of tooth loss until they have experienced one or more of the following tooth loss symptoms:
Difficulty cleaning the teeth, which may lead to gum disease, tooth decay, or infection
Uneven stress regarding their bite, which may cause jaw/TMJ pain
Rapid bone loss in the jaw, resulting in higher risks of tooth loss and change in face shape
Adjacent teeth shifting or becoming loose
Thankfully, dental implants offer an excellent amount of versatility when it comes to correcting tooth loss, whether the patient is in need of a single replacement or an entire arch..
Missing Single Tooth
When restoring an individual gap, your new implant can be paired with an all-ceramic dental crown. This singular restoration won’t negatively affect the health of the surrounding teeth, and once in place, it’s likely that you won’t even be able to point it out – the result is really that natural-looking!
Missing Multiple Teeth
While dental implants can be paired with all-ceramic dental crowns in multiple places throughout the mouth as well, a custom, implant-retained bridge may be the better option for consecutive gaps. Two dental implants will be anchored (one on either side) to support the new prosthetic and help it become a sturdy, highly functional part of your smile.
Missing All Teeth
When we need to rebuild the top and/or bottom arch of teeth, an implant-retained denture can work wonders. Instead of having to pair each missing tooth with its own implant (which can quickly become costly), a small number of implants will be strategically placed throughout the jaw bone to provide overall support to the new prosthetic.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is strategically implanted within the bone of the jaw. It serves as a replacement root for the tooth you have lost. Over time, the biocompatible implant fuses with the jaw bone during a process known as osseointegration, forming a sturdy anchor for your new restoration.
While many dentists refer their patients to specialists for the surgical part of this procedure, Dr. Prasher has the experience and advanced training needed to handle every stage of your modern tooth replacement right here in-office. This means that you’ll be able to stay with a team you already know and trust. At Angel Ranch Dental in Yorba Linda, we genuinely care about the health and beauty of your smile, so you can trust in us to always go the extra mile throughout the process to ensure your comfort and satisfaction, resulting in the best care experience possible.
What to Expect during the Procedure
Before dental implant surgery, Dr. Prasher will perform a detailed consultation with you to determine if the treatment is right for you. If you are in overall good health and you have enough jawbone tissue to anchor an implant, Dr. Prasher can schedule you for placement surgery. If not, he may recommend preparatory procedures such as bone grafting to improve your candidacy. Some patients may also need to have a badly damaged tooth or teeth removed before the implant can be placed.
Dr. Prasher conveniently provides all of these procedures at Angel Ranch Dental in Yorba Linda.
The surgery to place an implant is relatively straightforward. A small incision is made in your gums and a titanium implant is surgically placed. The incision is then stitched closed.
After the first surgery, typically there is a three to six month healing period, during which time the implant will fuse to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Once Dr. Prasher determines that the implant is secure, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the implant. After the gums heal around the abutment, the crown or denture can be attached.
The Recovery Process
It is crucial to follow Dr. Prasher's instructions as closely as possible while you heal. In the few days following surgery, typically, you can expect minor swelling, minor bleeding, and minimal discomfort. Based on your situation, Dr. Prasher will likely recommend applying ice packs and a regimen of antibiotics and over-the-counter pain medication. A soft food diet along with minimal exertion is also recommended for the first few days. Stitches are typically removed after one to two weeks.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
There are several different components to a dental implant procedure, including the initial surgery, the quality of materials and implants used, the addition of abutments/connectors, and the style and number of your final restorations. It's best to have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Prasher prior to any procedure so that he may assess your oral health and provide personalized recommendations for further treatment. After which, you will receive a comprehensive, transparent fee quote from our team so that there are no surprises further down the road.
While dental implants may have a higher upfront cost than removable dentures and bridges, it’s important to look towards the future when making your decision. Traditional bridges and dentures will likely require extensive repairs or full replacements over the years, while implants are designed to succeed for multiple decades. At Angel Ranch Dental in Yorba Linda, we believe that this investment is one worth making!
Rejuvenate Your Smile with Dental Implants in Yorba Linda
Say goodbye to missing teeth and bulky dental prosthetics with dental implants! Whether you are looking to replace a single tooth or currently wear full dentures, our comprehensive menu of dental services can help. With special training in implant placement and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Prasher is dedicated to providing exceptional results to improve the lives of each patient. Our state-of-the-art dental practice proudly serves patients from Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Placentia, Brea, Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, Corona and more.