Dental implants are transforming the lives of our patients by replacing missing teeth with beautiful, healthy, natural-looking smiles. Dental implants provide the foundation for full-functioning replacement teeth which allow our patients to eat and smile with renewed confidence. Pacific Oral Surgery has offices in Ventura, Thousand Oaks, and Simi Valley offering excellence in specialized patient care with state-of-the-art technology. Our oral surgeons are highly trained and skilled in placing dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth comfortably and accurately in the fastest and safest time frame possible.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts which are surgically implanted into the jawbone as substitutes for the roots of the missing teeth. The bone in the jaw bonds with the dental implants and creates the foundation needed to place the new natural-looking replacement teeth. Attached to the dental implants are abutments (posts) which rise through the gums as platforms for the replacement teeth.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth can impact appearance in a negative way, as well as make it difficult to eat certain foods. Because the jawbone begins to atrophy when a tooth is missing, the facial structure can change which can cause a sunken-in or older appearance. Missing teeth can cause problems with the alignment of teeth and bite and increase the risk of additional tooth loss.
Benefits of Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
Replacing missing teeth in the past often involved uncomfortable, removable dentures which could slip and make noise and still had limitations on foods that could be eaten. Dental implants replace a tooth (or sections of teeth) completely from the crown to the root. Because the jawbone fuses around the bio-compatible dental implant, the bone does not deteriorate, and facial structure remains intact.
Other benefits of dental implants include:
- No needed support from adjacent teeth
- Improved oral health: Implants can be cleaned and cared for like natural teeth and do not increase gum disease, tooth decay, or sensitivity as some teeth replacements can.
- Highly successful: Dental implants have over 95% success rate for replacing missing teeth.
- Function as natural teeth with no food limitations
- Can be used to replace an entire arch of teeth
- Improved appearance and increased self-esteem
- Permanent replacement for missing teeth
Types of Dental Implants
Dr. Jacobs, premier oral and dental implant surgeon in Ventura County, and his team offer single-tooth replacement implants, partial prostheses (used to replace 2 or 3 teeth), and complete prostheses (to replace an entire upper or lower arch). The oral surgeons at Pacific Oral Surgery can map out your entire dental implant procedure through the use of 3D imagery, specialized software, and a digital model of your mouth prior to your oral surgery. This advanced and innovative technology allows for greater precision and a faster dental implant procedure for our patients.
Dental implant options include:
- Single-tooth prosthesis: A prosthetic tooth (crown) is attached to an implant to replace a missing tooth. A fixed bridge partial prosthesis utilizes 2-3 single dental implants.
- All-On-4 dental implants (New Teeth in One Day): Four dental implants are used to support a full fixed bridge of 10-14 teeth.
- Bar attachment denture: Complete and permanent dental prosthesis that is secured within the jaw.
The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure
The oral surgeons at Pacific Oral Surgery in Ventura County are specially trained and experienced in the most recent advances in dental implant surgery technology. They work together as a team with your dentist to make your dental implant procedure a smooth and successful event.
New advances, such as guided dental implant surgery which is performed at Pacific Oral Surgery, now allow dental implants to be placed in less time than ever before. Single tooth replacement no longer requires 2 surgeries in every case. In fact, in most cases, a dental implant can be placed in the comfort of our office (sometimes at the same time of tooth extraction) with very little disruption to the patient’s routine. During most dental implant procedures, patients are given either local anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
While healing takes place (usually 6-8 weeks), a temporary prosthesis is used to replace the missing tooth, allowing the patient to have a natural appearance, as well as complete functionality. Placing your new permanent prosthesis takes place during a simple office procedure once healing is complete.
More extensive implant procedures, such as those requiring bone grafting, can involve several months of treatment depending on the condition of the patient’s jawbone and how much preparation is required prior to implant placement.
Once your dental implant procedure is completed, routine oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments) is typically all that is required for you to enjoy your new replacement teeth for a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
To find out if dental implants are the best solution for replacing your damaged or missing teeth, a thorough oral evaluation will be completed by your oral surgeon. At Pacific Oral Surgery, we utilize our on-site Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) scanner to determine jaw bone integrity, as well as positioning of teeth, roots, and other anatomical structures. This advanced technology is integral in determining if a patient needs bone grafting prior to implant surgery, and it is the “imaging method of choice” for assessing all dental implant sites according to the Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR).
Candidates for dental implant surgery should be in good general health. Your oral surgeon will discuss all viable options with you to help you make the best decision on restoring your smile. The oral surgeons at Pacific Oral Surgery are committed to providing the highest quality care to all their patients. With decades of combined experience in dental implant surgery, our board certified oral surgeons offer competence and compassion in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere while utilizing the most advanced technology available. If you are interested in finding out more information on dental implants or want to know if dental implants are right for you, contact our office for an appointment.
If you would like to learn more about Dental Implants Ventura, please arrange a consultation with one of our doctors at Pacific Oral Surgery. You may submit an online appointment request or call one of our Pacific Oral Surgery offices located in Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.
Our team of oral, maxillofacial and dental implant surgeons, Dr. James Jacobs and Dr. Sebastian Carlson, welcomes you to our Pacific Oral Surgery practice.