If you’re missing an adult tooth, a dental implant is an excellent replacement option. At Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Oakland and the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Brandon Kang, DDS offers industry-leading Straumann® dental implants and same-day surgery to restore your smile and protect your oral health. Call Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center or schedule a consultation online today for expert dental implant services.
A dental implant is a titanium post that your oral surgeon places in your jaw to replace a missing tooth. The implant acts like a natural tooth root, creating a stable foundation for a dental crown to replace the visible part of your tooth. It also stimulates bone growth in your jaw so you can prevent additional tooth loss.
The team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center begins with a comprehensive exam of your teeth and jaw. They use Conebeam CT X-ray and digital scans to evaluate the strength and density of your jaw, which needs to be able to support the implant. If you have bone loss in your jaw, the team can provide bone grafting to restore its volume.
When your oral surgeon is satisfied that your jaw can support an implant, they use state-of-the-art digital planning and in-house 3D printing equipment to pinpoint the best location for your implant and design of the crown.
Unlike other oral surgeons who might require many appointments to place your dental implant, the team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center can surgically place your implant in a single day most of the time right after the tooth is extracted. This is called “immediate implants.” So, instead of taking about 8 months to receive your crown, when immediate implants are placed, the treatment time is cut down to about 3 to 4 months. This is more than 50 percent reduction in the treatment time.
In addition, Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center also offers the latest implant technology from Straumann, the BLX implants. The BLX implants are the latest product of Straumann (Number One company in the world) that speeds up the healing process. The Straumann BLX implant usually heals in six to 8 weeks as opposed to 3 to 4 months of usual healing time that would take when implants from other companies are used.
Dental implants look and act just like natural teeth. The post provides a stable foundation and promotes healthy bone growth, while your dental crown matches your remaining natural teeth. They also create a natural-looking smile and maintain the shape of your jaw and face. Dental implants are easy to get used to and don’t require special care as dentures do. You can take care of your dental implant, just like your natural teeth — brush for 3 minutes twice a day and floss at least once a day. Using Waterpik also helps to clean around the implants. While dental implants aren’t vulnerable to decay, you need to continue to have routine dental checkups so your dentist can monitor the health of your remaining natural teeth, jaw, and gums.
If you’re interested in a dental implant and you’re looking for expert oral surgeons in the Bay Area, call Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center or make an appointment online today.