Dental Implants Monterey
Dental Implants: Changing Lives
Dental implants are one of the most important advances to come along in dentistry over the past few decades. Designed to look and function just like a real tooth, dental implants are a near-perfect substitute for natural teeth and can last a lifetime. Missing a permanent tooth can have negative consequences on a person’s self-confidence, ability to enjoy life and his or her health. Traditional tooth replacement methods, such as bridges and crowns, slip and fall out, impose eating restrictions on the patient and allow the jawbone to recede. Dental implants, by contrast, allow for a full diet, do not slip or cause embarrassment, and protect the health of the jaw.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that are inserted into the jaw, and onto which a connecting piece (“abutment”) and crown are attached. Because they are anchored in the jawbone, dental implants are incredibly strong, allowing patients to chew and eat anything they would with their natural teeth. The dental implant surgery takes just about an hour in our office. The procedure is very comfortable and most patients report only some mild discomfort as the anesthesia wears off.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants rely on the miracle of osseointegration – the fusing of bone with an artificial material. In this case, the material is titanium, which has unique properties that allow it to easily bond with bone. After surgery, the implant is left alone to heal for several months. Then, once osseointegration has occurred, you will return to your general dentist for the final crown fabrication.
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Dental Implants and Your Health
The jawbone depends on regular stimulation from the chewing and biting actions of teeth in order to maintain its size. In fact, when a tooth is extracted, the jawbone almost immediately begins to resorb. Eventually, jawbone loss starts to negatively affect a person’s health and the aesthetics of their face. Dental implants are the only replacement tooth method that can save the jaw, as they provide the stimulating actions necessary for jawbone health. In addition to that, they allow for a healthy, balanced, fibrous diet.
“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.
Dental Implants: The Procedure
The dental implant process always starts with a consultation to determine the need for bone grafting, extraction and other specifics of your case. Once we have a treatment plan in place and the bone is adequate in size, we will proceed with the dental implant surgery itself. The surgery takes just about an hour, during which time the surgical site will be totally numb. We also offer sedation to keep you comfortable. As the anesthesia wears off later in the day, you may have some discomfort, but it is typically controlled adequately with over-the-counter medications. The implant is then left alone to heal for several months, after which time you will return to your dentist for a final crown.
Dental Implants: Cost Considerations
It is important when comparing the cost of dental implants to other treatment methods to remember that dental implants are usually more affordable over time because they typically don’t need replacement. By contrast, a bridge must be replaced every 10 years and causes damage to both the jawbone and adjacent teeth.
If you are missing a tooth and are looking for a better solution than dentures or bridges, please visit our Dental Implants FAQs page and call us today at Monterey Oral Surgery & Dental Implants Phone Number 831-372-2882!
Monterey Oral Surgery & Dental Implants
Patient Review from Marka B
We are lucky to have The Best Oral Surgeon Ever right here in Monterey! I've had several (many) implants placed and every single procedure has been painless and perfect. My case hasn't been easy by any stretch of the imagination; he's had to work hard to find solutions to some difficult spaces with very little to work with ... Thanks Dr Bhaskar, for making my "Smile"! Bhaskar's Stars are Six (6)
- Marka B
Patient Review from Sherryl S
I am a person that has a lot of anxiety going to any dental office. His receptionist is very warm and welcoming. The staff is very good at returning phone calls and answering all questions. Dr. Bhaskar called me after surgery which made me feel he is very caring. I would highly recommend this office for any type of oral surgery.
- Sherryl S
Patient Review from Walter W
Dr. Bhaskar honors his patients, staff, and himself through his insistence on quiet, efficient, effective, disciplined and competent performance of the jobs they're all there to do.
- Walter W
Patient Review from Kristi J
Dr. Bhaskar and his staff were incredibly professional, friendly and gentle. I worried for years about this procedure, knowing I would have to do it at some point in my future - what a waste of worry that was! The procedure was quick and painless and I was comfortable throughout it all. The healing process was a breeze and am so glad to be rid of that troublesome tooth once and for all! Thank you Dr. Bhaskar and staff. I will recommend you to others!
- Kristi J
Patient Review from Thomas K
Dr.Bhaskar placed 2 implants in June 2016. Everything went great, no pain, no swelling..... very easy. Loved the office, staff was great.
- Thomas K