Dental Implants – Covina, CA
Fill the Empty Spaces in Your Smile
Is your smile not complete? Tooth loss can negatively affect more than your oral health over time – it can lead to damaged self-confidence, a weaker bite, and even a lesser quality of life. At Covina Family Dental, Dr. Danny Tran wants to help patients regain strong, reliable teeth as soon as possible, and dental implants are the best method in today’s world for accomplishing this goal seamlessly. If you’d like to explore dental implants in Covina in further detail, contact us today for an initial consultation.
Why Choose Covina Family Dental for Dental Implants?
- Works with a Team of Local Dental Implant Experts
- Modern, Relaxed Dental Office Atmosphere
- Affordable, In-House Financing Available
What Are Dental Implants?
Your natural tooth has two distinct and important parts. Everyone knows the white crown, which is what you see in a person’s smile, but there’s something else hidden beneath the jawbone: the root. A tooth’s root anchors it in position and stimulates the tissue around it. More traditional tooth replacement services like dentures and bridges don’t bother with recreating the root because it doesn’t contribute to aesthetics, but without it, the jawbone will deteriorate over time, and the patient’s overall oral health will suffer as well.
Dental implants are so successful because they stand alone in recreating the tooth’s entire natural structure. The implant itself works as the tooth’s new “root,” which is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Dr. Tran can then create the ideal restoration (such as a crown, bridge, or denture) to attach over the placed implant(s) and recreate the tooth’s original crown(s). The results will be incredibly lifelike from every angle and built to last for decades at a time or even the rest of the patient’s life.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Receiving dental implants requires a multistep process that can span several months to a year or more. However, the long-term advantages they bring make them definitely worth the wait. Dr. Tran works with the Covina area’s best dental implant specialists to ensure long-term success. While every patient’s journey will look different from everyone else’s, here is a basic outline of the four steps of the dental implant process:
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
Everything will begin with a consultation appointment between you and Dr. Tran. At this visit, he’ll ask you what your goals are for your smile and then give you a brief oral exam, consulting various X-rays and images of your teeth and jaws. Afterwards, he’ll go over all of your treatment options, and if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, he’ll discuss what your particular procedure will be like. Once everything is agreed upon, our team will help you schedule your upcoming appointments and work out payment information.
Dental Implant Surgery
The next step of the dental implant process involves placing the prosthetic roots into your jawbone that will support your new teeth. Typically, dental implant roots are made of extremely strong titanium, which helps them provide a very sturdy foundation for the teeth.
You’ll be referred to a local oral surgeon for this procedure, and it will begin with them numbing your mouth using local anesthetic. Once you can’t feel anything, they will make small incisions in your gum line to expose the jawbone where your teeth have gone missing. They’ll then slowly position the implant within the bone, and then close the treatment site with self-dissolving stitches. Thanks to modern tools and techniques, most patients experience little to no discomfort during this procedure.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
After the placement surgery, your mouth will need time to heal before your new teeth can be attached to the implants. During this time, you’ll have temporary restorations. The healing process can vary from patient to patient depending on the condition of their jawbone, but the average range is about three to six months. While this is going on, new bone will actually grow around and fuse with the implants, which is a process called osseointegration. This is similar to how your body treats real tooth roots, and it’s a key to implants’ stability.
When you have healed enough, you’ll return to the oral surgeon to have your abutments placed. These are small metal attachments that will actually link your implants to your final restorations. After they have been placed, you’ll be given a little more time to heal before receiving your new teeth.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
Now it’s time for the big day! When your mouth has fully healed from getting your abutments, you’ll return to Covina Family Dental to have your custom-made crown, bridge, or denture attached to your implants. Dr. Tran will remove your temporaries, and your final restoration(s) will be fitted directly over the implants. After checking your bite one last time, your new smile will be ready for the world! From here, taking care of your implants is relatively simple, as you’ll only need to brush and floss consistently and attend routine checkups and cleanings with your dentist in Covina.
Benefits of Dental Implants
If you’re looking for a longer-lasting solution that can give you a fully restored smile, there’s no better option than dental implants. Some of the multiple benefits of dental implants include:
- Preserving your oral health – Implants act as the root of your tooth, which means your bone is receiving the stimulation it needs to stay strong and support the implant. When missing teeth are left without this type of structure, bone can begin to deteriorate, and nearby teeth can shift.
- A longer-lasting restoration – Unlike dentures or bridges that must be replaced after several years, dental implants can last decades or even a lifetime with proper care.
- Natural teeth remain untouched – When placing dental implants, your nearby teeth require no altering whatsoever. They remain untouched.
- Easy cleaning – There are no special products or tools needed to clean your implant. Brushing, flossing, rinsing, and keeping your annual dental appointments is all you need to do to maintain a healthy dental implant and overall mouth.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
In order to fully restore your smile, we will likely recommend a dental implant-supported crown, bridge, partial, or full denture. The number of implant posts and type of restoration will depend on how many teeth you’ve lost and where in your mouth they are located. In most cases, we will recommend one of the following restoration plans:
Missing One Tooth
A new crown will be recommended if the patient has one or very few missing teeth/implants that require restoration. The crown will be crafted from high-quality porcelain materials for natural aesthetics, and its placement will not threaten the health of surrounding teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, pairing two implants with a custom-made dental bridge may be the most effective reconstructive method. The implants will be placed on either side of the gap as “anchors” that hold your new bridge sturdily in place.
For multiple lost teeth spread across your smile, an implant-supported partial denture may offer a better option. The denture uses a custom base to secure numerous replacement teeth. It is crafted to fit between remaining teeth, and two to four implant posts are strategically positioned to support the partial.
Missing All Teeth
Implant dentures are a cost-effective way to replenish several teeth at once. Dr. Tran will be able to connect the prosthetic to a small number of placed implants (usually four to six), and it can be fixed (permanent) or removable in nature, depending on the patient’s preferences.
All-on-4 implants, like the name implies, are dentures designed to attach over just four strategically placed implants, recreating an entire arch of teeth at once. The unique positioning of the dental implants means more patients than ever before are able to receive an implant-supported denture without the need for advanced and invasive preparatory procedures.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your dental implant-supported tooth replacement plan will depend in large part on the number of missing teeth and their location within your smile. During a consultation, we’ll review your case, including treatment options and the costs associated with each. We do our best to keep the costs of your restoration plan within your budget, and we’re happy to work with third-party financiers to offer low-interest financing options. While dental implants and their placement aren’t usually covered by insurance policies, the other aspects of your treatment plan, including replacement teeth and preparatory treatments. We can help you plan for the cost of every stage of dental implant tooth replacement, so you can maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for life.
Types of Dental Implants
Much of your cost will be determined by how many implant posts need to be placed in your jawbone. Depending on your needs, you can receive anywhere from one to six implants on a single arch. During your consultation, Dr. Tran will examine the gaps in your smile and help you determine which type of implant is right for you.
- Single Implants: Cost-wise, it makes sense that the least expensive type of dental implant. Using a single implant, abutment, and a dental crown, Dr. Tran will rebuild the entire structure of a missing tooth from the root up.
- Implant Bridge: If you’re missing multiple consecutive teeth, our team can rebuild your smile using a dental bridge secured to two implants on either side of the gap in your arch.
- Implant Denture: One of the priciest options (at least initially), yet cost-effective method to replace missing teeth is an implant denture. Using anywhere from four to six dental implants, Dr. Tran will attach a customized complete arch of replacement teeth.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
There are several stages to the dental implant process. One great benefit of this is that it’s not necessary to pay for your entire treatment upfront. Instead, you’ll be able to work each appointment into your monthly budget and pay for them as you attend each one.
- Initial Consultation: Dr. Tran will take this time to develop a completed and customized treatment timeline, take images of your mouth and facial structure, and answer any questions you may have.
- Preparatory Procedures: Some patients require a bone graft, sinus lift, or gum disease treatment before their dental implant surgery can be scheduled.
- Implant Surgery: After placing your implants, you will undergo a healing period that can take several months.
- Abutment Placement: Dr. Tran will place the metal connector pieces, called abutments, that will attach your replacement teeth to your implants.
- Customized Replacement Teeth: Finally, Dr. Tran will secure your customized denture, bridge, or crown to your implants to complete your smile.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
In short, yes, dental implants in Covina are well worth the investment. Patients and professionals will agree that this tooth replacement solution will change your life and eliminate any issues that you may have with traditional restorations. By restoring missing teeth from the roots upward, you’ll be able to preserve your jawbone and oral health for decades to come.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
While most dental insurance companies don’t cover the cost of the dental implant surgery or placement, they may cover certain other parts of the procedure. That’s why it’s important to contact them directly to find out. Some providers contribute to the cost of:
- Any pre-dental implant work such as gum disease therapy.
- The initial consultation.
- The customized crown, bridge, or denture.
- Any anesthesia required.
At Covina Family Dental, we are an in-network provider for Delta Dental, Cigna, and Sun Life Assurant. Our team is also more than happy to file claims for any PPO insurance plan to help you maximize your benefits. For patients who don’t have dental insurance or are looking for additional financing options, we also offer in-house payment plans and CareCredit.
Dental Implant FAQs
At Covina Family Dental, Dr. Tran wants all his patients to have a clear understanding of how dental implants in Covina work. In order for you to feel confident about your decision to move forward with this tooth replacement solution, he and his team have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about dental implants. This list is designed to help clarify certain aspects of the process; however, if you have remaining questions, we invite you to contact our office.
Does getting dental implants hurt?
The placement process for dental implants is just like any other oral surgery. Once they are surgically placed, there will be some discomfort afterward, as your gums will need time to properly heal. However, if you are provided a prescribed pain reliever, make sure to take it as instructed. This should help relieve any pain or discomfort you are feeling.
How long do dental implants last?
Considered one of the best methods of treatment for missing teeth, dental implants are widely recommended because of their longevity. Designed to provide stability and improved functionality, dental implants can last decades or longer. Since the implants are fused to the bone and surrounding tissues, this creates a strong foundation, giving you greater confidence in your smile’s ability to function without fear of your implant becoming loose or falling out.
Are dental implants right for me?
Dr. Tran will perform a thorough examination when you arrive for your initial consultation. It will be important that you:
- Do not smoke
- Have a strong jawbone
- Have no signs of tooth decay or gum disease
- Are healthy and display no symptoms associated with a weakened immune system
Should any of these be present, it will be necessary for you to undergo the right treatment before moving forward with dental implants. If you have gum disease, periodontal therapy will be necessary to ensure your future implant does not become loose. If your jawbone is weak, there is a possibility you’ll need a bone graft or sinus lift to create additional bone support in the deteriorating area.
Do dental implants ever fail?
The success rate for dental implant placement ranges between 95-98%, but unfortunately, there are instances where dental implants can fail. When this happens, it’s likely because of one of the following reasons:
- You smoke or use tobacco. This can make osseointegration almost impossible because when you smoke, your body has a much harder time healing.
- The implant was improperly placed. It’s important that you make sure the individual placing your implants is trained to do so. If the implant is not placed correctly, it can result in added pressure being placed on it. This will cause your implant to become loose and ultimately, fail.
- Your immune system is compromised or weakened due to diabetes or an autoimmune disorder.