Restore Missing Teeth Permanently
Implant Dentistry in California, MD
If you’re missing one or more of your teeth in California, MD, you may be exploring your options for replacement. With dental implants from Dr. Seisman at Three Notch Dental, you can permanently restore both the function and aesthetics of your smile. Implants are a long-lasting, beautiful solution for patients suffering from tooth loss. Call us today to schedule a consultation to see if this treatment is right for you!
Understanding Your Options
Single-Tooth Vs. Full-Arch Dental Implants
The most common type of dental implant is a single-tooth implant. These are so common, in fact, that the term “dental implant” is often used synonymously to refer to a single-tooth implant. This treatment involves replacing a single missing tooth with a small piece of titanium, which acts as an artificial tooth root. After the site of the implant heals, a dental crown is permanently attached to restore the aesthetics of your smile.
Full-arch dental implants are slightly different. Instead of using just one implant, this treatment involves a series of 4-6 implants used to replace all of the teeth in your upper, lower, or both arches of teeth. The implants are surgically placed, and once they’ve healed, a permanent fixed bridge or a removable, implant-supported denture can be attached to the implants. Full-arch implants are a great alternative to traditional dentures because they offer more stability and durability.
The First Step
The Implant Placement Process
To begin your treatment, Dr. Seisman will use your personalized treatment plan to determine the optimal position for each implant. Then, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed. A small opening will be made in your gums and jaw, and the implant will be placed. Next, the area will be disinfected and sutured shut.
Dr. Seisman will go over your care instructions, and our team will check up on your throughout your healing process. Once the site of your implant is completely healed, you’ll come back in to get your restoration permanently attached.
Completing the Process
Your Implant Restoration
Once you’ve had your implants placed, your mouth must heal for 3-6 months for the implant to permanently bond with your surrounding jaw and gum tissue. During this time, Dr. Seisman will work closely with a dental lab to create your implant-supported restoration and ensure that it will look natural and seamless with the rest of your smile. If you’re having full-arch implants, you will wear a temporary set of implant-supported dentures while your mouth heals.
Once your implant is completely bonded with your jaw and gum tissue, you’ll come back to have your restoration permanently placed. Dr. Seisman will check your implant-supported restoration to make sure it fits perfectly, then attach it to your implant(s) to complete the procedure.
What Are Mini Implants
Are They Right For Me?
Mini implants are much smaller than traditional dental implants. Because they are small, they are able to heal more quickly and can often be placed under just local anesthesia and no need for sedation. In addition, mini implants and attached restorations can often be placed in just one appointment. However, not every patient is a good candidate for mini implants, so we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Seisman to learn more about your options.