Dental Implants — Carmichael, CA
A Permanent Solution
for Missing Teeth
A single missing tooth can cause all kinds of problems, and those only become worse as more teeth go missing. For people with an incomplete smile, even simple tasks like eating, speaking, and smiling can become awkward and painful. Does this sound familiar? If so, then Dr. Ji is ready to offer you the most complete tooth replacement available today: dental implants. With them, he can rebuild your smile no matter how many teeth you are missing, and you can look forward to the beautiful results lasting for decades to come. To learn more and schedule a consultation, give us a call today.
Why Choose Sheng Ji, DDS, MD Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery For Dental Implants?
- Dual-Trained Surgeon in Both Dentistry & Medicine
- Sedation Options to Make Every Procedure Comfortable
- Advanced Dental Implant Procedures Available
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant consists of three parts. First, a small titanium implant post is placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of the missing tooth. This provides a solid and reliable foundation for the custom-made final restoration on top of it, which can be a dental crown, bridge, or denture. A small connector piece called an abutment fastens the final restoration to the implant post. The end result is a solution that replaces the entire structure of a missing tooth, allowing it to look, feel, and function just like natural.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
Before anything else, we’ll need to evaluate your oral health to make sure dental implants are viable in your case. We can then move on to the preparation phase. This might mean removing some of your remaining teeth (although healthy teeth are preserved when possible). We’ll also need to figure out the optimal placement of the areas to avoid complications.
Then, the next step is to have your new dental implant placed. On the day of the surgery, Dr. Ji will open your gums and insert the appropriate number of implant posts. You can expect the implant healing process to take several months; while the gums should heal within a few days, we need to allow time for the implant post to fuse with the bone. Once it has, you can receive an abutment. The final step will be to create your dental prosthetic (which might be a crown, a bridge, or dentures) and attach it to the abutment.
Dr. Ji is a true expert at rebuilding smiles with dental implants. He has performed this procedure countless times over the course of his career, and he always uses the latest technology to formulate extremely precise treatment plans. Combine this with our sedation options, and most patients enjoy both a successful procedure as well as a quick recovery.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Over the past two decades, dental implants have quickly become the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement. They are the first recommendation Dr. Ji makes to his patients who are looking to recover their lost teeth, and he has already used them to restore countless smiles over the years. Because implants are able to replace both the root and crown of a tooth, they’re able to offer a number of advantages other treatments simply can’t.
Dental implants form a foundation directly in the jawbone, which gives them the kind of stability only a real tooth can match. When a patient has implants, they do not have to worry about their new teeth slipping out of place or breaking. Dental implants function like your real teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
Dental implants are usually topped with custom-made porcelain restorations, and because they don’t require any metal or acrylic attachments to stay in place, they’re able to recreate the appearance of a natural tooth down to the finest detail, helping a patient recover their oral health and confidence at the same time.
After a tooth goes missing, it’s normal for the jawbone in the area to start shrinking. This can weaken the foundation of the surrounding teeth and cause a person’s face to develop an aged, “sunken” appearance. Other tooth replacements can’t do anything about this, but dental implants can! Once in place, the new roots actually stimulate new bone growth in the jaw and encourage renewed blood flow, helping a patient maintain a more youthful face shape as the years go by.
When placed by a skilled oral surgeon like Dr. Ji, dental implants have an impressive 98% success rate, meaning they are virtually guaranteed to give a patient the results they want.
Taking care of dental implants is simple—you basically look after them just like your real teeth! Consistent brushing and flossing along with regular checkups at the dentist are all that’s needed to ensure implants look and function like new for decades to come.
With the proper care, nothing is as reliable as dental implants. While most other tooth replacement solutions only last about five to ten years on average, dental implants can easily last for 30 years or more.
While dental implants do tend to cost more upfront compared to traditional bridges and dentures, over the long-term, they are the much better investment. Thanks to their longevity, patients end up spending much less on routine maintenance for their new teeth overall, which can easily add up to thousands over the lifespan of dental implants.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
One of the best things about dental implants is that they can be used to help patients with any number of missing teeth. As long as someone has good dental health, stable overall health, and enough jawbone to support the new tooth roots, they are set to begin treatment. If a patient is lacking any of these requirements, Dr. Ji can help them get ready for the procedure. Once a patient is approved, he can use the following restorations to renew the smile:
Missing 1 Tooth
Dr. Ji can place a single dental implant topped with an all-porcelain crown between two healthy teeth without altering them at all. This is a much less invasive approach compared to a traditional bridge in which the remaining teeth have to be filed down in order to support the prosthetic.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For patients missing multiple teeth in a row or all throughout their mouth, a small number of implants can be used to support a prosthetic such as a bridge or denture. Compared to their traditional counterparts, implant-retained prosthetics not only have a more secure hold, but they’ve been shown to last much longer as well.
Missing All Teeth
If a patient is missing all of their teeth along a single arch, Dr. Ji won’t have to replace each tooth with an individual implant. Instead, he can use just four to six implants to anchor a full denture to the jaw. Implant dentures are more stable than regular ones, plus they help a patient recover much more of their original bite strength, enabling them to enjoy a more varied diet with ease.
Some patients may be a candidate for All-On-4 implants, which utilize four strategically placed dental implants to support a full denture. During your consultation, Dr. Ji will review both options with you and help you choose the one that’s right for you.Learn More About Implant Dentures Learn More About All-On-4
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Every dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Ji is completely personalized based on the needs of the patient, and because of this, there is no fixed price for implants. The number of implants needed, the type of restoration used, and even the location of the new teeth can all influence the overall cost. While implants can be a sizeable investment in your oral health, they are one that you can trust to last for multiple decades with minimal maintenance. This is much, much longer compared to the five to seven-year lifespan of more traditional replacements, meaning overall, most implant patients actually end up saving money on their new smile.
Types of Dental Implants
Unlike other restorations, dental implants can be used to replace any number of teeth. Naturally, the extent of your tooth loss affects how many implants you need, and thus influences the overall cost. Patients who have only lost one tooth will likely need a single implant post and a crown, but multiple teeth in a row will need to be replaced by an implant bridge, and in some cases you might even need full prosthesis supported by four to six implants (implant denture or All-On-4). Dr. Ji will aim to use to most conservative number of implants necessary to restore the appearance and functionality of your smile.
The Stages of Dental Implant Treatment
When you are considering dental implant as an alternative treatment to restore your smile and function, on average it is reasonable to expect multiple appointments/stages until a final crown is placed. Usually this process starts with preparing the underlying bone for implant by either removing broken tooth along with simultaneous bone graft procedure, or in scenarios where tooth has been lost, the remaining jaw bone may or may not need augmentation prior to implant surgery. Once implant is surgically placed, you can expect an average of 3-5 months of healing period prior to placement of the implant post/abutment followed by routine crown fabrication by your general dentist.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Some patients might be discouraged to find that dental implants are generally more costly than traditional dentures and bridges, but over the long term, you’ll find that the procedure is most certainly worth it. The implants will let you enjoy a wider variety of foods, keep your jawbone healthy, and avoid various inconveniences (such as the slipping that often occurs with ill-fitting dentures). There’s even a good chance that implants will prove to be the most cost-effective option over time because they can often last for the rest of your life without needing to be replaced; by comparison, you’ll usually need new dentures and bridges every 5 to 15 years.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Many plans don’t cover implant placement while others do, so you’ll need to check with your insurance carrier to see what benefits are offered. Even if the procedure itself doesn’t receive coverage, your plan could still pay for related procedures. For example, if one of the stages of your treatment is to receive bone graft augmentation/socket preservation, you can normally expect insurance to kick in. We’re happy to help you file a claim for the benefits you deserve; we are in-network with many common dental PPOs, but we also accept plans that are out-of-network. Financing through CareCredit is also available.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
Some patients are better candidates for dental implants than others, but with the help of the advanced dental procedures that Dr. Ji can offer, more people than ever before are able to undergo the surgery. Do you have a jawbone that has degenerated due to years of missing teeth? Or do your sinuses not leave any room for an implant? With bone grafting and sinus lifting, we can help you overcome these complications so that your smile can be restored.
Dental implants are meant to help prevent bone loss in your jaw, but if you’ve waited too long before having your teeth replaced, odds are you’ve already lost some bone density in that area. We’ll need to rebuild the bone before moving forward with the surgery, and to do that we need to use a procedure called bone grafting. Bone tissue will be taken from another part of your body such as the hip or a denser part of the jaw; in certain cases, the material will come from another person or animal instead. In any case, the new tissue will be transplanted to the degraded area, where it can stimulate the growth of new bone. The surgery normally takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes, and afterwards it can take three months to a year for your mouth to fully recover. Implant placement will take place after we’ve determined that your jaw will be able to join with and support the posts.
A sinus lift can be used to add density to a degenerated much like a bone graft. However, this procedure is exclusively used for the upper jaw, and it has the additional benefit of moving the sinus cavity further away from the mouth. We may recommend a sinus lift if we find out that the cavity does not currently leave enough room for dental implants. During the surgery, we’ll open the gums where your tooth was and create a window in the bone. We can then gently lift the membrane that separates the sinuses from the jaw so that we can place the grafting material underneath it. Afterwards, you can usually expect about 4 to 9 months of healing before we move on with the actual dental implant process.