Dental Implants

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw.

The difference is that the implant is made of titanium — the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the dental implant post immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, or to schedule an appointment, call us at: Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Office Phone Number 805-682-0933 or Lompoc: Lompoc Office Phone Number 805-735-3665.
You may also use our Request an Appointment form.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Kiken and Dr. McAninch are able to place single-stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction — further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Your Dental Implant Team

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.

Dr. Kiken or Dr. McAninch performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting, if necessary.

The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Please call the office of Ocean Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery if you have any further questions about Dental Implants: Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Office Phone Number 805-682-0933 and Lompoc: Lompoc Office Phone Number 805-735-3665.

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