Dental implants have quickly become one of the most important and innovations in dentistry. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone, and its unique material and surface properties allow it to be osseointegrated in with the bone. During this time period, it is essentially that no pressure or movement of the dental implant occurs so it can successfully integrate with the bone.
The dental implant acts essentially as the “root” of the artificial tooth. Once the implant has been successfully integrated, a crown can be placed on top it, which is connected by an intermediate component called the “abutment”.
There are hundred of dental implant companies and manufacturers, but not all implants are created equally. Here at Orange Periodontics and Dental Implantology, we use only the best implant systems, including Nobel Biocare™ and Straumann. Nobel Biocare, the world-wide leader in dental implants, has their American headquarters in Yorba Linda, only a few miles from our office. We work very closely with Nobel Biocare, teaching and leading the Orange County Study Club in their Educational Facilities.
Many times, a temporary restoration can be connected to the dental implant on the same day, which is especially important for replacing front teeth to avoid wearing uncomfortable removeable flippers, or having a gap while the implants integrate. Ask us about having teeth in a day.
Although dental implants have a long track record of success, they are not immune to problems. Dental implants can suffer from periodontal disease very similar to teeth, but it can be much more difficult to treat. Our team, including Dr. Sepi Lee and Dr. Cliff Lee, at Orange Periodontics and Dental Implantology specializes in not only placing dental implants, but treating peri-implantitis, the disease of dental implants.
Dr. Cliff Lee is part of a research team at Harvard School of Dental Medicine working hard on translational research to improve implant surface characteristics for better implant health and longevity.
In addition to single tooth replacements, dental implants can also be used in other ways to restore multiple missing teeth. Implants can be connected to build bridges, they can also be used to help support dentures in a variety of ways to help improve your speech and chewing function. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn how dental implants can be used to improve your life.