Dr. Steve Ngo DDS
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are not for everyone. If you suffer from tooth loss, make an appointment with your dentist to find out if you can receive dental implants. In order to check if you have sufficient bone structure in your jaw, your dentist may use X-rays and computer tomography scans as part of the examination. If you don't have enough bone structure for an implant, your dentist may recommend bone grafting or small diameter implants, sometimes referred to as "mini implants.” Talk to your dentist to see if you qualify for dental implants.

See more: Bone Grafting in Newport Beach.

Why receive dental implants?

Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth that tend to be more stable and natural looking than traditional dentures and removable bridges. Replacement teeth secured by dental implants are often easier to deal with than dentures and you don’t have to worry about them falling out because they are secured to the jaw like natural teeth. Replacement teeth can even be used the same day they are placed by the dentist, making the transition from dentures to implants easy. Dental implants have also been known to make patients feel more confident with their smiles because implants feel like natural teeth.

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants are more expensive than dentures or bridges because they sometimes require the consultation of both your dentist and an oral surgeon. Typical dentistry charges by complexity of a surgery, not by the number of implants placed. Dental insurance will not always cover implants. Costs may vary by dentist. Talk to your dentist to discuss pricing for your specific dental implant needs.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to last the duration of your lifetime, provided they are taken care of like any real, natural tooth. Dental implants fuse directly to the bone in which they are placed by a process known as Osseo integration, which is what gives them the solid durable structure they are known for.

Should I get a bridge or a dental implant?

Though they are both used to replace missing teeth, fixed bridges and dental implants are very different procedures. Bridges require the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to be present and stable enough to support the procedure. In order to place a bridge, these adjacent teeth are first cut down and then covered by a single, three-unit bridge spanning the length of the gap. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not rely on other teeth to secure new false teeth. Instead, they are placed in the gap. It will take about three months for the implant to connect with the jawbone. Once the implant has connected with bone, a replacement tooth can be constructed and secured to the implant. The processes are very different, but a single implant and crown typically costs the same as a three-unit bridge, both of which replace a single missing tooth. Talk to your dentist to decide which technique is better for your specific case.

Are dental implants painful?

During your procedure, no, dental implants are not painful because of the anesthesia that is used. Once the anesthesia kicks in, you will not feel any pain. Post-op recovery is often quick as there are no open wounds involved. You should expect minor discomfort that can be managed with anti-inflammatory medication.

At Image Dental we do offer sedation for implants per patient’s request.