The unfortunate truth is, dental issues are a part of life. While these problems usually result in routine cleanings and filling simple cavities, some dental issues can be more extensive. One common treatment that requires more time and resources involves dental implants. Dental implants have been around for decades and they provide exceptional solutions for all ages. If you’re unhappy with your smile, dental implants could be the answer!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that consist of medical grade titanium. In fact, this same titanium is used in orthopedic surgeries where bones and joints are repaired. These roots are applied to a patient’s jaw in order to attach a natural-looking tooth. Over time, this titanium bonds to your jawbone to create a very natural-feel and strong hold. Dental implants mimic the process of your teeth and roots, thus creating a very effective and natural-looking solution to losing teeth. Tooth loss can happen in many different ways. Whether you lost your tooth from infection or it was severely chipped, a dental implant can return your beautiful smile and improve your oral health.
What Are the Benefits?
Given the wide variety of benefits, dental implants are the most popular solution for those missing teeth. Furthermore, these implants are recommended by dentists all over the world. Given the popularity of this treatment, there are millions of stories about how great these dental implants are. See below for a few benefits of receiving dental implants:
- Helps to preserve facial structure
- Helps to prevent bone deterioration
- Look and feel natural
- A permanent replacement for tooth loss
- Simple maintenance
- Improves ability to chew and bite
- Allows you to speak more clearly
- Performs just like a natural tooth and root
- They look great!
How Does the Procedure Work?
The dental implant procedure starts with the initial consultation. During this visit, the medical professional will ask you about your tooth loss and gather any other additional information if needed. From there, 3D images of your jaw might be needed in order to determine if dental implants are for you. The next step consists of an analysis of the images. This step allows the surgeons to virtually place an implant in the root and asses certain parameters before the treatment begins. After it’s determined that you’re suitable for dental implants, the procedure is conducted. Unlike common beliefs, the process isn’t as painful as you would think, and the swelling and discomfort are minimal. Once the implant is placed, it takes about three to six months for your jawbone to fuse together with the titanium implant. The final step involves the placement of your gorgeous, custom-made artificial tooth!
How Cardinal Dental Can Help
If you’re searching for a trusted and professional company for a dental implant procedure, look no further than Cardinal Dental! Located in La Mesa, California, we provide exceptional dental care solutions from some of the leading dental experts in the industry. Furthermore, we stay up-to-date with the latest technological advancements, so you can always expect the absolute best service from us. In fact, we are proud to carry one of the finest 3D imaging systems on the market today. See below for details about this highly-sophisticated imaging system:
Planmeca ProMac 3D Classic
Here at Cardinal Dental, we use this imaging machine at your initial appointment for those considering dental implants. This highly-intelligent system gives us clear 3D images of the mandible and maxilla. The images cover the whole dentition area to give the medical professional an informative look at the jawbone, roots, and surrounding areas. These incredible machines are able to meet any diagnostic requirement in maxillofacial imaging.
Another amazing benefit of the Planmeca ProMac 3D Classic is that it provides three different types of 3D data without the need for additional machines. These three types of 3D data consist of a:
- Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) image
- 3D face photo
- 3D model scan into one 3D image
After these images are taken, the software actually creates a virtual patient in 3D.
Meet Our Doctor
Our dentist, Dr. Paul Michels, is very experienced in the dentistry field and holds many academic accomplishments. Dr. Michels completed his Master of Oral Implantology specialty from the prestigious California Implant Institute in San Diego, CA. While at the institute, he worked under the direction of Dr. Louie Al-Faraje, author of several well-known textbooks used in oral implantology. Some of Louie’s famous textbooks include Surgical Complications in Oral Implantology and Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy for Oral Implantology.
By using professional techniques and utilizing the most advanced technology on the market, Cardinal Dental is here for your dental implant needs. Call us today to make an appointment!