Your Place for Dental Implants in South San Jose
If your quality of life has been negatively impacted by missing teeth, it can leave you wondering what your options may be. Dental implants are an excellent way to replace one or multiple missing teeth permanently. At the office of David C. Li, we're proud to offer San Jose dental implant placement and restoration, ranging from crowns to dentures. Regardless of your needs, you can trust our practice to make your dental implant experience as hassle-free as possible. Call us today to schedule your visit with our skilled and friendly dentist!
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What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial posts composed of body-safe materials like titanium. Not only do they permanently replace one or more missing teeth, but they restore your bite's functionality and improve your smile's appearance. Dental implants consist of three sections:
- An Implant Post
- An Abutment
- A Restoration
The procedure will begin by surgically placing the implant post into your jawbone. Next, the abutment is attached to the implant post and rests just above your gum line for a firm and secure fit. Finally, a restoration of your choice is connected to the abutment for a secure and natural-looking tooth replacement.
Our Restorative Options
Our practice is proud to work with a trusted local lab to provide you with restorative options to replace one or multiple teeth. Using technology like panoramic x-rays, we'll create detailed images of your smile to craft personalized restorations. Our restorative options include the following:
Crowns: This is an ideal implant-supported restoration if a single tooth needs to be replaced.
Bridges: If you have multiple missing teeth in a row, an implant-support bridge is an excellent way to replace all of them.
Dentures: An reliable restorative option to replace an entire arch of teeth is through implant-supported dentures. We can anchor a denture for comfortable and durable teeth replacement.
Immediate Dentures: If you have a packed and busy schedule, immediate dentures may be the perfect option, depending on your oral health. Not only can we remove your severely damaged or decayed teeth, but we place implant-supported dentures during the same appointment.
Mini Dental Implants: If you need the functionality of dental implants but you don't have enough healthy jawbone for them, mini dental implants might be for you. Instead of traditional implant posts, mini dental implants only use 3mm screws to hold restorations in place.
Skilled & Compassionate Pretreatments
Dr. Li may recommend that you undergo pretreatment before receiving your dental implants during your initial exam. Whether your bone needs more density or a tooth needs to be extracted, we offer efficient pretreatment procedures in our office to help make scheduling a breeze.
Our pretreatment options include the following:
Bone Grafts: Heaving a healthy jawbone is crucial to the success of dental implant placement. If you don't have a healthy enough jawbone, your implant won't successfully fuse into place. If your jawbone is thin or brittle, bone grafting may be perfect for you. The procedure improves your jawbone's density and volume so that your dental implants have a sturdy base to connect to by transplanting a small amount of bone to your upper or lower jaws.
Ridge Augmentation: One of the most common procedures after extractions is ridge augmentation, which helps recreate the natural contour of your gums and jaws. A ridge augmentation procedure places bone material in the empty socket left over from missing teeth. After ridge augmentation, your remaining gum tissue is placed over the socket and secured with sutures.
Sinus Lifts: Sinus lifts or sinus augmentation raise your sinus floor to help strengthen the jawbone and develop bone for implant placement. This procedure is typically performed if you need dental implants on your upper set of teeth and your bone density is low.
Dental Implant FAQs
It's normal to have questions about dental implants. Whether you want to know what brand of dental implants we offer or post-procedure instruction, our San Jose dental implant dentist is here for you. Some frequently asked questions about dental implants include:
Our dentist has placed countless dental implants and follows strict safety guidelines to help ensure a safe procedure.
Not at all. Whether you have single or multiple dental implants, they can work alongside restorations like veneers.
You can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime with proper care and regular dental checkups.
Over the years, we've improved our dental implant offerings to include Nobel Biocare™, Hiossen®, and Straumann®.
No. Dental implants are fused to your jawbone and stay in place indefinitely.
Your Reliable San Jose Implant Dentist
You can trust the practice of David C. Li, DDS, for excellent dental implant placement and restorations. We have extensive oral surgical experience and are committed to your satisfaction. We can adapt to your unique oral needs, from a single dental implant to implant-supported dentures. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment with our San Jose implant dentist!
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