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Dental Implants

WHY DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dr. Sinks is considered one of the premier dental implant surgical specialists in the San Diego area, particularly for aesthetic dental implants.  In fact, most of our dental implant patients are referred to our practice because of Dr. Sinks’ reputation for achieving superior aesthetic results.

If you are missing teeth, Dr. Sinks will thoroughly evaluate your situation to determine if you are a candidate.  If you qualify, dental implant treatment is usually the preferred method of tooth replacement.

Serving as substitute tooth roots, dental implants provide virtually the same function as natural tooth roots, stimulating bone growth, preserving bone, and providing a stable foundation for replacement teeth. (insert illustration)

This “state-of-the-art” dental technology, makes it possible to restore the mouth as closely as possible to its natural state, eliminating the need to cut down adjacent teeth for bridgework and improving overall health, well being and the confidence that comes from a natural smile and appearance.

Why are dental implants the treatment of choice? Dental implant treatment is the only tooth replacement option that provides the following benefits…
 
  • Prevents the bone resorption (deterioration) that occurs when teeth are lost
  • No compromise to the health of adjacent teeth, as with bridges and partials
  • Highest success rates and best long-term prognosis based on numerous scientific studies
     
And dental implant treatment is the most cost-effective treatment option long-term! For more information www.missingteeth.org
 
 

AESTHETIC DENTAL IMPLANTS

One of the most challenging situations for tooth replacement is the loss of a front tooth.  Most people have a smile that shows not only all of the front teeth, but also the gum tissue surrounding the teeth, which means that any aesthetic defect will be visible.  

This is one of the main reasons dentists and specialists recommend dental implant treatment, rather than tooth-supported bridges for anterior tooth replacement.  With a dental implant, the bone deterioration that results in a visible defect in the gum and bone above a tooth-supported bridge can be prevented.

Additionally, most dentists will refer patients to surgical specialists with extensive experience with anterior dental implants due to the exacting precision required to achieve ideal aesthetic results.  This includes a special surgical technique for removing the tooth, while retaining the surrounding bone, as well as the grafting and soft tissue procedures to preserve the natural contours of the bone and gums.

Over the years, Dr. Sinks has refined precise surgical techniques that allow him to provide consistently superior functional and aesthetic results for his patients. He has extensive experience with replacement of anterior teeth and has developed a reputation among dental colleagues for his expertise in aesthetic dental implants.
 

 
 



Dental Implant Procedures


Initial Consultation

The first step is an examination and consultation with your dentist to determine whether or not you are a candidate for implant treatment. This usually involves x-rays and may include taking impressions for models of your teeth. During the examination, your dentist will be evaluating the area(s) of your mouth where teeth are missing and the type of replacement teeth that will best meet your needs.  A review of your health history will indicate whether there are any medical conditions that could prevent you from being a candidate for implant treatment.
 
 

Surgical Evaluation  

Following the initial consultation, you will be referred to Dr. Sinks for a comprehensive surgical evaluation. This will typically be for the purpose of further evaluating the quality and quantity of available bone to determine the number of implants necessary, as well as whether additional procedures may be needed to obtain the desired functional and esthetic result. 
 
If you have already lost a significant amount of bone, the need for procedures to add (graft) bone, or create new bone will also be evaluated.  Special 3D imaging might also be recommended to provide a more detailed view of your teeth and the surrounding bone and facial structures.
Once the surgical evaluation has been completed, a treatment plan will be developed with your general dentist to meet your individual functional and esthetic needs.
 
 

Implant Placement Procedure

The implants are placed in the bone using a gentle surgical technique. With the type of implant that Dr. Sinks uses, in many cases, it will not be necessary to place the implant completely under the gum tissue, which eliminates a second surgical procedure.
 
Following the implant placement procedure, the implants are left undisturbed for a period of several weeks so that the bone can remodel around the implants to form a strong biological bond to them. During this bone-remodeling phase, you will have some type of temporary replacement teeth, so that you never have to be without teeth during treatment.
 
 

Abutment Attachment Procedure

Following the appropriate bone-remodeling period, a small connector post called an abutment is attached to each implant. The permanent replacement teeth will eventually be attached to the abutments.
 
 

Fabrication of Replacement Teeth

Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth and the implant abutments; place temporary replacement teeth and select the appropriate shade for your replacement teeth.  The laboratory technician will fabricate your replacement teeth and the underlying structures that will be attached to the implants.  Then your dentist will try the replacement teeth for proper fit and attach them to the abutment.
 

QUALITY vs. BARGAIN IMPLANT TREATMENT

In this economy, the cost of dental treatment is often an issue.  Unfortunately, many people are under the impression that all dental implant treatment is the same quality and that it makes sense to shop for the lowest cost available.    However, not every dentist who performs implant procedures provides quality dental implant treatment.  

In addition, many of the dentists promoting “bargain” implant fees are not using quality implants and components, which is frightening considering that this is a medical device being implanted into a human being!

“Bargain” implant treatment presents a multitude of potential problems other than the use of inferior implants and components.  Cutting corners to lower the cost often involves rushing through the diagnostic and treatment-planning phase, which rarely produces optimal results.  Another compromise that is often made in order to cut costs is using cheap labs that fabricate poor quality and ill-fitting replacement teeth, resulting in functional problems and poor esthetics.  

All too often, people who opt for bargain dental implant treatment end up having treatment redone to correct the problems resulting from poor planning, lab issues, and/or substandard implants and components.  So, in the long run, it is actually more costly to proceed with cheap implant treatment, as opposed to having it done properly in the first place.  

With implant dentistry, you get what you pay for…and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
 
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