Implant dentistry is considered the “gold standard” for replacing missing and/or damaged teeth. Composed of two main parts—a titanium post capped by a single- or multi-tooth restoration—dental implants are secured in the jawbone to serve as an artificial tooth root, offering a biomimetic tooth replacement solution that provides exceptional strength and stability when chewing, speaking, and smiling. In addition, the crown(s), bridge(s), or denture(s) fixed on top of the implant posts can be custom-designed to match one’s smile preferences, ultimately providing a completely natural-looking and -functioning result.
At I.Dentical – All About Your Smile, Dr. Rafael Yanez is greatly skilled and top dentist in tailoring dental implant treatments to meet the unique needs and goals of each patient. If you are considering dental implants to replace one or multiple teeth, we encourage you to continue reading the sections below to learn more about implant dentistry, or simply contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.
What Are the Main Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants can provide a permanent solution for missing teeth, and their popularity continues to grow for numerous reasons. Unlike other dental restoration options, this innovative method of tooth replacement does not require messy adhesives, they don’t slip along the gums, they help to prevent jawbone deterioration, and they can ultimately enhance both the form and function of your teeth with results that look and feel entirely natural. Since dental implants function just like individual teeth, they can also be cleaned and maintained with simple brushing and flossing.
In short, key benefits of dental implants can include:
- Lasting—often permanent—tooth replacement
- Improved ability to chew and speak
- Enhanced comfort in comparison to alternatives
- Prevention of future dental complications
- Zero additional maintenance
- Reduced wear to the gums
- A natural look and feel
Dental Implant Before-and-After Photos
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are in good general health, have one or more missing or damaged teeth, and have sufficient bone structure in your jaw to accommodate the implant post(s), dental implants may be the right tooth replacement option for you. Some patients lack adequate bone density for the procedure; however, modern techniques and bone grafting make it possible to strengthen this area so you can still undergo treatment. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Yanez will conduct a thorough oral evaluation to determine if dental implants are right for you. If it is decided you are a good candidate, he can proceed with developing a customized treatment plan with the aid of state-of-the-art iCAT® Cone Beam 3D imaging.
What Does the Dental Implant Procedure Entail?
All dental implant procedures at I.Dentical – All About Your Smile are custom-planned and performed by Dr. Yanez himself, as opposed to referring out to other specialists like some practices do. The first step of the procedure is to surgically implant the titanium implant post(s) through the gums and into the jawbone in order to ensure a stable and lasting tooth replacement. The optimal location and angle for insertion into the bone is previously identified using iCAT® Cone Beam 3D dental imaging technology, leaving any guesswork out of the equation.
Once successfully placed, the implant(s) will need time to heal and fuse to the jawbone (a process called osseointegration). During this period—which typically takes a few months— temporary restorations can be worn, allowing you to speak, smile, and chew with ease throughout treatment. When osseointegration is eventually complete, you will return to our office to receive your final restoration(s) designed for the most comfortable, precise, and natural fit possible. If necessary, Dr. Yanez can make any last touch-ups at this time in order to yield an optimal outcome.