Dental Implants in Whittier, CA

virtual model of a dental implant being placed

In our office we proudly offer comprehensive restoration of missing teeth through dental implants all stages of the procedure can be performed in the same setting so we can monitor your progress form start to finish.

Here are some Applications for Dental implants that are performed by Dr. Gutierrez

For individuals who wish to replace missing teeth, dental implants, or mini dental implants, are often a highly effective long-term solution. Implants provide greater structural support and last longer than the porcelain bridges or dentures we offer in Michigan. Implants serve as artificial roots to which new teeth are bonded. Dental implants can be used in conjunction with porcelain veneers to perform Full-mouth Rehabilitation for our Michigan patients to create brilliant, long-lasting smiles. The implanted root is typically constructed of titanium, a strong and safe material that effectively attaches to bone. Inserting dental implants typically involves three steps: the implant insertion stage, osseointegration (the period of healing for the jawbone), and the attachment of the restoration or new tooth.

Types of Implants

Root Implant

The most popular form of implant is the Root Implant. This type of implant is very effective and mirrors the size and the shape of a patient’s natural tooth root. Many times, this implant will be as strong structurally as the original tooth’s root, as well. Once the dentist applies the local anesthesia, he or she makes an incision in the gum in order to gain access to the jawbone. The bone is then prepared and the implant inserted into the jawbone with care and precision. Finally, the dentist reseals the gums and, if necessary, prescribes an appropriate medication.

During the osseointegration step, which lasts anywhere from three to eight months, the jawbone firmly attaches itself to the implant. Once osseointegration is completed, the patient returns to the dental office where the implant is fitted with the new tooth.

Plate Form Implant

Another form of implant is the Plate Form Implant. This implant is ideal in situations where the jaw bone is not wide enough to properly support a Root Implant. The Plate Form Implant is long and thin, unlike the Root Implant, and anchors into thin jawbones. Once the dentist applies the local anesthesia, he or she makes an incision in the gum line in order to gain access to the jawbone. The bone is then prepared and the implant is inserted with care and precision. The dentist then sutures the gums and prescribes an appropriate medication. In certain cases, Plate Implants are immediately fitted with the restoration without waiting for the osseointegration period.

Subperiosteal Implant

The last type of implant is the Subperiosteal Implant. These implants are utilized when the jawbone has receded to the point where it no longer supports a permanent implant. These implants are imbedded in the gums rather than in the jawbone as with the other types of implants. The dentist applies a local anesthesia and makes a mold of the mouth and jawbone. From this impression, a dental lab constructs implants to custom fit the patient’s jaw. During the patient’s second office visit, the dentist exposes the jawbone and inserts the implant on top of it. Over the next month the gums grow up and around the implant. This same type of implant can sometimes be performed in a single procedure with the use of an initial CAT scan of the gum line and jawbone.

Health Concerns

As with any cosmetic surgery, complications are rare, but can include infection, slight damage to nerves, and mild discomfort. Although very unlikely, infection of the gums or jawbone is a possibility and is treated through medication and/or antibiotics. Surgery to the upper or lower jawbone can result in mild nerve damage. Nerve damage typically subsides in several weeks, but can persist for longer periods of time. As the jawbone heals, patients may experience some discomfort, which can be tempered through medication. Discomfort subsides within seven to ten days.

Proper Maintenance

Although patients should always practice proper dental hygiene, this is especially true once a dental implant has been put into place. When teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, bacteria can attack sensitive areas, causing the gums to swell and the jawbone to gradually recede. Recession of the jawbone can weaken dental implants and eventually necessitate their removal. Patients should visit their dentist’s office at least twice a year in order to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Following an implant operation, smoking should be avoided, as it impairs the gum and jawbone’s ability to heal. Given proper care, dental implants should last 25 years or longer.

Implant dentistry, particularly the mini dental implants system, is an outstanding option to replace missing teeth or stabilize dentures. Mini dental implants are placed during one simple, gentle, non-surgical procedure that produces immediate results.Dr Gutierrez has taken extensive educational courses and is certified in the use of the mini dental implant system. Learn more about this restorative dentistry option, and then contact Dr. Gutierrez.

Mini Dental Implants

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration, mini dental implants are an affordable tooth replacement solution. A mini implant can replace an individual tooth, while several mini implants can be used to stabilize dentures for a slip-free fit. Dr. Milan is typically able to place mini dental implants in just one visit, after which the patient will enjoy the freedom to chew and speak with control and confidence! While the traditional dental implant placement process requires three to six months, mini implants provide instant results and improved patient comfort.

Dental Implants vs. Mini Dental Implants

Dental implants have been extremely popular since the 1980s. Traditional dental implants typically require multiple stages of surgery, and fees can exceed thousands of dollars. Mini implants are placed during a single procedure. Mini dental implants cost about a third as much as regular dental implants, making them an accessible option for a variety of patients and budgets. Best of all, recovery time is speedy and you can eat whatever you want – a crunchy apple or bag of potato chips –the next day.

Stabilizing Dentures

Denture wearers often don’t remember how “impaired” they are from a dental standpoint. Lower dentures are often extremely unstable and reduce the quality of life for a denture wearer. Having mini dental implants placed is truly life changing for the denture wearer. There are few, if any, denture wearers that cannot greatly benefit from this option. If you’re interested in stabilizing your dentures with mini dental implants, contact our Dental opffice.

Placing Mini Dental Implants

Most patients simply opt for a local anesthetic, such as Novocain®, when Dr.Gutierrez places their mini dental implants. For patients with dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry at our practice. Through oral medication, sedation dentistry will effectively relax the patient and, in some cases, leave them with little or no memory of the procedure.

There are certain situations in which regular implants cannot be placed. The mini implant system can often be used when other systems cannot. Dr. Gutierrez can consult with you to determine whether you’re a candidate for mini dental implants.

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