Dental Implants

Replacement Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture.

For more information, contact the CHC Dental Department at (805) 929-3254


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Dental Implant General Information

Dental implants replace the roots of teeth and can be used to anchor a single dental crown or crowns, a bridge or a denture.  Dental implants are usually screw shaped implants made from pure titanium.

Titanium is used because of its almost unique property of fusing directly to bone a process called Osseointegration. Implants are typically 3-6mm diameter and some 7-18mm in length.

There are commonly three parts to what is described as an implant; the implant fixture itself which is inserted directly into bone, the abutment an interconnecting part crossing the gum and connecting the implant to the overlying crown or denture made from titanium, gold or ceramic.

Dental implants were first used to treat patients in their current form some forty years ago. Per Ingvar Brånemark a Swedish Professor discovered that the metal titanium fused (osseointegrated) directly to bone in studies of blood circulation.

The dental implant system and clinical techniques he developed became widely used from the early 1980’s. The Neoss system represents the current state of the art using the latest technologies, best production methods and finest materials from around the world. The system is in the true spirit of the principles advocated by Brånemark.

What Can Dental Implants Do For Me?

  • Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
  • Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own. Your dentist will work with you to make your dreams come true.

Patient Testimonials  (click on <play>)
video courtesy of Neoss Dental Implants (www.neoss.com)

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge

In all aspects, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth. 

  • Aesthetics: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! They integrate into the structure of your bone and they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
  • Tooth-saving: Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.
  • Confidence: Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
  • Reliable The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

What Can I Expect From Treatment?

Your dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, a treatment plan will be created and tailored to meet your needs. Click for more information about the treatment options described below.

  • Replacing a Single Tooth - If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
  • Replacing Several Teeth - If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
  • Replacing All of Your Teeth - If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

What About After Treatment?

Your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!

After treatment, your dentist will work with you to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.