San Angel Dental offers a variety of dental implant services to provide the highest quality of dental care for our patients. Please browse our site to learn more about the dental services we offer, and contact us by calling our Anaheim office at (714) 202-0787 or our Buena Park office at (714) 316-7443. We look forward to helping you!
Dental Implants +
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process involves the installation of the implant itself. A dental screw is placed into the jaw bone, and then an incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are then sutured.
The implant requires about three to six months to completely heal. During this time, the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. You can opt to have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a normal appearance as you wait for your implant to fully heal.
Once the implant has healed, it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once the abutment is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and used to create your permanent restoration solution.
Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, while others will send it to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to have the restoration permanently attached. After a short period of getting used to your new dental implant, it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
Mini Implants +
Mini dental implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. This option offers many benefits, and can also be used in situations where regular implants do not work. If an implant needs to be placed in a narrow space, then mini implants are the preferred method due to their smaller size.
A main use for mini implants is the installation of a full upper or lower denture. A series of mini implants (four to six) will be placed along the gum line and serve as the base for the denture. Rather than placing a single implant for a single tooth, an entire set of teeth can be directly attached to the gum line.
The size of mini implants often means that no incision will be needed to place the implant. They can usually be inserted right through the gum into the bone. This eliminates the need for a recovery period, and the restoration can usually be placed right away.
Mini implants are also less expensive than regular implants. Only your dentist knows if mini implants are right for you, so call for your consultation today.
Lluma Ultra Cone Beam CT Scanner +
One of the technologies that we utilize at San Angel Dental is the Iluma Ultra Cone Beam CT Scanner. This imaging technology produces 3D images of the patient’s mouth, which allows for a more precise diagnosis. The surgeon is then able to determine whether it is necessary to perform a bone grafting or sinus lift to complete the procedure. The 3D technology provides a level of accuracy that is not present with 2D technology.
Osstell specializes in instruments that analyze dental implant stability. The company’s latest product, Osstell ISQ, measures the stability of implants in an objective, non-invasive manner using the universal ISQ scale (Implant Stability Quotient). The ISQ values help dentists determine the optimal time to load each implant. By detecting decreasing stability, Osstell ISQ can help prevent failure caused by premature loading. For more information, please visit Osstell’s website.
Another 3D treatment technology that we employ is the Simplant system. This interactive system determines the position of each implant with 100% accuracy. For the patient, this means that the implant will be placed precisely where it needs to go, eliminating discomfort.
Dental Implant FAQs
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new “root” for a missing tooth that is created with a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown are then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like your natural teeth.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and be difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like your teeth — they are permanent, you can eat food without embarrassment, and the procedure is both successful and fairly inexpensive.
Who can place a dental implant?
Your dentist may be able to perform implants in their own office based on their training. If not, they will refer you to an implantologist, cosmetic dentist, or another specialist who can perform the procedure.
How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants will vary based on the level of experience of your doctor, how many implants you are having placed, the amount of your insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with San Angel Dental to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. If you have anxiety or fear, then you should discuss sedation options with your dentist.
How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.