What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental implant is a replacement tooth made of a titanium post with a replacement tooth (crown) attached to the top of it. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, anchor a dental bridge, or a full arch of teeth.

Dental implants act, look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime if properly placed and cared for. Dental implants have proven to be a long-lasting, stable way to replace teeth. Dental implants have many advantages over other forms of tooth replacement, through advances in modern technology they are easier and less invasive than ever, most patients can benefit from them.

At StarWhite Dental in Murrieta California, we offer a Dental Implant Consultation to see if Dental implants are right for you.

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What are the advantages of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look, feel and act like natural teeth
  • Dental Implants can (and when properly placed and maintained should) last a lifetime
  • Dental Implants prevent bone loss
  • Dental Implants can help prevent facial sagging and premature aging
  • As opposed to bridges; with Dental Implants you don’t have to shave down to structure of the adjacent teeth

Who are candidates for Dental Implants?

Developments in CT technology, bone grafting methods, and implant design have made it so most patients can benefit from dental implants. In fact in some cases, with the All-On-Four procedure, Dr. Hendry can use specifically placed implants to use the best bone available, eliminating the need for bone grafting. These technological innovations make dental implants more affordable and widely available than ever.

Make an appointment today to see if you are a candidate for Dental Implants.

What to Expect with a Dental Implant Procedure

If you are determined to be a good candidate for dental implants, insomuch as you enjoy good oral health and your jaw bone is dense enough to support them, the procedure is relatively simple.  In some cases, you might need bone grafting beforehand to prepare the jaw.

During the implant procedure, you may receive local or general anesthesia.  Your oral surgeon will then open the gum tissue to expose the jaw bone so that a hole can be drilled to place the post that will act as the base of the implant.  Once it is firmly in place, the gum incision will be closed.

It could take up to several months for the implant to bond with the jaw (known as osseointegration), so you may be given a temporary crown or denture to wear until then.  Once recovery is complete, an abutment can be added to the top of the post to hold your new, permanent crown in place, completing your smile.

The Starwhite Advantage

At Starwhite Dental we have two Dental Implant Specialists in Dr. Hendry, as well as our general dentist Dr. Brown who also places Dental Implants. Dr. Hendry lecture nationally and internationally on the subjects of Dental Implants, Full-Mouth Reconstruction, and on the All-on-Four or Revitalize (new teeth in a day) procedure. Dr. Hendry is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has placed thousands of Dental implants going back to his residency in Periodontics. Dr. Hendry, Dr. Brown and Dr. Papworth work together as a team to plan your specific implant case, and determine the best possible outcome for you. Starwhite Dental is unique in that all three of our dentists teach other dentists on proper implant placement and restoration. If you are in Murrieta, Temecula, North County San Diego or anywhere in the Inland Empire, and think you may benefit from Dental Implants please give us a call and take advantage of our Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation.