For the people who consider replacements for severely damaged or missing teeth, dental implants are the best option for restoring smiles with the maximum effectiveness and highest-quality results. Our expert team of dentists at Vasquez & Associates Dental Office work together to create individualized treatment plans for each patient to replace one tooth, several teeth, or accomplish a full smile makeover.
A dental implant is a surgical fixture placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with it over a few months. During the process, titanium screws are surgically placed into the jawbone, which acts as a replacement for a missing tooth's root and serves to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are very similar to a natural tooth as it stands on its own without affecting the nearby teeth.
We offer a wide variety of dental implant types and options for our patients to ensure that everyone receives the right implant and restoration to create long-lasting, functional, and natural-looking results.
The different types of dental implants offered by Vasquez & Associates Dental Office are:
Also called a traditional implant procedure, a single tooth implant is an ideal choice for patients to replace a single tooth missing due to disease or trauma, or for people who have teeth that are congenitally missing. Single tooth dental implants comprise of one implant post and a restoration crown. We carefully customize each implant to pair with the shade, shape, and size of the surrounding teeth so that it look, feel, and function much like a natural tooth.
All on 4 implant denturesAll on 4 implant dentures is a method of retaining a full-arch denture with four strategically placed dental implants. Here, two implants are placed towards the jaw's front, and two are placed at the back of the mouth and angled forward. This is a permanent, safe, and less invasive solution to tooth loss, especially when most teeth have been lost or damaged.
Full mouth reconstruction
If the patient is missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth, it is possible to have one complete bridge to replace them using multiple, full set of dental implants for support. This type of full mouth restoration is screwed or cemented in place. Full dental implants are thus used to restore the entire upper or lower arch of teeth and are often called full mouth dental implants restoration or full arch replacement.
Depending on the number of implants to be placed, it is possible to eliminate the need to cover the patient's mouth's roof with a complete denture. This option allows the patient to fully taste their food and gives them a better sense of its temperature. This method also prevents the occurrence of sore spots and the need for adhesives.
An implant-supported lower denture removes the difficulty of using the patient's own musculature to hold in a denture as there is no palate on the lower jaw. Rather than resting on the small bony ridge that we have, the lower denture fits on lower implants, much more like having your natural teeth back. Implant-supported dentures can either be fixed or removable and require the placement of two or more implants.
Computer Guided Implants
At Vasquez & Associates Dental Office, we use 3D CBCT dental imaging solutions with high definition 2D panoramic views to accurately place dental implants with reduced risk and better outcomes. This technology has a real-time visible X-ray guide, industry-leading scan times, and fast image processing. It lets the dentist target only the needed anatomy, limiting the patient's exposure to harmful radiation. This technology is also used for treatment plans in endo (root canals), to identify people with airway problems, and to treat wisdom teeth extractions.
Call us (760) 529-5339 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Vasquez for a consultation at our office in Oceanside, CA to know more about dental implants.