A dental implant is a titanium post surgically placed into your jawbone. Once the jaw bone heals and fuses with the implant, Dr. Qing will connect it to a replacement tooth. Unlike dentures, an implant is a permanent restoration that looks and feels like a natural tooth. Dr. Qing is a Prosthodontist who is board-certified and specializes in dental implants. What sets our dental implants apart lie in the detailed finer points. No 1. Prosthetically driven implantology. You don't need dental implants as the screw post, what you need is the tooth which provides function, health and cosmetics. The implant is just one of many ways to provide support for the teeth. No 2. Diagnosis and treatment planning.There are many designs utilizing dental implants to restore your function. By taking into consideration of the bone quality and quantity, patients' goals, anatomy etc, Prosthodontist Qing can work with you to find the best option. By clicking the image at the bottom of the page, you can view the actual patients of Dr. Qing who have received dental implants.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are strong, durable, and made to last a lifetime if appropriately placed and maintained. Implant-supported crowns do not require filing down the adjacent healthy teeth, which makes it very conservative. Implants can also provide fixed teeth/dentures option, so patients do not need to take the teeth out. Since they are custom-made to fit snugly and match the color and shape of your teeth, they also restore the aesthetics of your smile perfectly.
The Dental Implant Process Explained
The first step of dental implant surgery is to place the implant posts in your jawbone. First, Prosthodontist Dr. Qing will perform CBCT scan of your jaw to evaluate the bone quality and quantity, plan the dental implants virtually, then perform the implant placement surgically. Once the posts/implants are inserted, in some cases, a temporary cap/denture will be attached, which will provide the function and cosmetics immediately. This is also called immediate implant-supported dentures or teeth-in-a-day.Once your implant posts are in place, you will undergo a healing period. During this time, your jawbone will fuse with the posts, integrating them into the jaw. This process, called osseointegration, can take around 3 months. Once the area has healed, we will bring you back for placing abutment and replacement teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
As the dental implant is one of many options to restore your dental health, function, and esthetics, Dr. Qing will evaluate your medical history, dental information, your goals, and personal concerns, then provide you with all applicable options. You and he will then decide on the most appropriate option. Generally speaking, dental implant surgery is a minor dental procedure, similar to tooth extraction in terms of the intensity of surgery. As long as you can receive tooth extraction procedures, you should be able to receive dental implant procedures.
Dental implants are a long-term solution to replace missing teeth with a fixed tooth option. While they are slightly more expensive than other treatment methods, their benefits make them worth every penny.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
Dental implants don't get decay, however, they can get gum disease ( peri-implantitis, or peri-implant gingivitis). Dental implants should be cared for just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice daily and see your dentists regularly for checkups. Dental implants are fused in the bone and do not have any mobility to give cushion to chewing forces, as your natural teeth do. So the occlusion ( bite design) is very important to prevent dental implant overloading. After you have the teeth, we will see you regularly to provide comprehensive maintenance to ensure the longevity of your dental implants.
Click the following links to see Dr. Qing's actual patients who have received dental implants. For more cases, please visit the blog section of this website, or visit us on Instagram or facebook ( links at the bottom of each page)