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What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that is modeled on the structure of your natural teeth. It has a tooth root implanted in your jaw. The dental implant procedure sometimes requires the assistance of a bone graft to help secure the implant. The root is normally made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that integrates with your bone. Atop the dental implant root is a dental implant restoration, either an aesthetic dental crown, made of an advanced ceramic that has the appearance of tooth enamel, a dental bridge, or dentures.
Dental implant history has led to many advances in dental implant technology, including the invention of a metal-free dental implant, zygomatic and angled implants, and mini dental implants, which we are happy to offer.
Benefits of Implants
Because dental implants have the same structure as your natural teeth, they’re also able to function the same. This means they:
- Dental implant maintenance is easy: just brush, floss, and make your regular preventative dental care appointments
- Look attractive and natural
- Allow you to eat all your favorite foods
- Won’t click or slip when you talk or eat
- Don’t depend on neighboring teeth for support
- Can last a lifetime if properly cared for
- Dental implant complications are rare
These benefits are the reason why dental implants continue to increase in popularity, despite the cost of them. For people who are good candidates, dental implants are usually better than the alternatives. To learn more about them and their benefits, please see Questions about Implant Dentistry.
Teeth In a Day Implants
If you need a full arch of your teeth replaced and are interested in getting dental implants, but are unsure as to whether or not you want to do an implant for every tooth then Teeth in a Day implants may be for you. The Teeth in a Day technique utilizes the All-on-4 system which anchors the dental implants into your jaw using only four implants. Additionally, we can use this method of tooth implant for people that could have otherwise been unable to get traditional implants because of jawbone loss.
Prettau bridges are another option for replacing all your teeth in a single procedure. You can get a full set of teeth in one day. Prettau bridges use a full zirconia structure. This makes them more durable than some other dental bridge options. Zirconia is an advanced ceramic that is even stronger than titanium. It can withstand up to about 238,000 pounds per square inch of pressure, which makes it a very durable tooth replacement option.
These are usually made as fully secured implant dentures–they function just like natural teeth. Plus, this newest formulation of zirconia looks more attractive and natural than older forms.
Why Choose Rice Dentistry
The dental implant procedure requires a dentist to take into account many complex factors to design and accomplish properly. You want to make sure you select a dentist that has the training and experience to perform the procedure properly. You also want one with the eye of a cosmetic dentist to ensure your results will look great.
Dr. Scott L. Rice has been a cosmetic dentist restoring dental implants for nearly 30 years. He has trained at three different prestigious dental schools such as the Kois Center and now trains other dentists in the proper approaches to the discipline. He also has the digital imaging equipment necessary to properly plan your dental implant procedure. And Dr. Rice takes a caring and compassionate approach to dentistry, helping you to feel relaxed and to understand your options so you can choose the dental procedure that’s right for you.
Dr. Rice also knows that implants are a complex, multidisciplinary procedure, requiring multiple specialists to get truly optimal results for patients. This is why he works with Nicolas Ravon DDS, a board-certified periodontist with one of the best reputations on the West Coast. Dr. Ravon performs the implant procedure right here in our office for your convenience and comfort.
Need a Second Opinion
If you have received a diagnosis regarding your eligibility or ineligibility for dental implants from another dentist and you would like to receive a second opinion from Dr. Rice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
To learn more about Rice Dentistry, please schedule an appointment at our Irvine, California office.