According to the American College of Prosthodontics, there are an estimated 178 million Americans who have lost one teeth and at least 40 million Americans who are edentulous. Although the number seems quite alarming, thanks to advancements in dental technology, Dr. Jae Seon Kim and Dr. Kim at Pacific Modern Dentistry can now replace these teeth with esthetic implants.
What are Esthetic Implants?
Dental implants are the most effective way to replace a missing tooth, thereby restoring a person’s chewing ability and the esthetics of their smile. Therefore, dental implants are often categorized in cosmetic dentistry; however, they provide way more benefits than just making your pearly whites perfect.
What Does Implant Placement Involve?
Dental implant placement is a minimally-invasive and safe way for people with missing teeth to get natural-looking and fully functional artificial teeth. The surgery involves numbing the area around the empty tooth socket. A small incision is made into the gums to expose the underlying bone. We will then open up a small hole in the jawbone and place a dental implant inside. A dental implant comprises a screw-like device that is anchored into your jawbone. It serves to replace the missing tooth root and provides a solid foundation for your dental crown. After the procedure, your jaw will be allowed to heal. This can take anywhere between three to six months. Once the dental implant has integrated into your jawbone, we will open up the gums again and attach a post to the dental implants. In some cases, the abutment may be attached to the implant during the very first surgery, which means you won’t need to appear for this appointment. Once your gums fully heal, we will take an impression of your remaining teeth, which will be used to fabricate a dental crown for you. The process of creating a dental crown may take about two weeks. Once the crown is created, we will call you again and fit it on top of the abutment. The results will be as good as new!
What are Teeth in a Day?
People can lose all of their teeth due to varying factors, including age, gum disease, poor dietary habits, genetics, and other factors. Once you lose your teeth, your face will begin to lose its structure and sag. This will reduce the esthetics of your face. At Pacific Modern Dentistry, Dr. Jae Seon Kim and Dr. Kim, we can help you get a full set of teeth with Teeth in a Day treatment. This treatment is one of the most effective alternatives to other teeth replacement devices like dentures and dental bridges. With Teeth in a Day, you can get a full set of teeth with the help of just four or six dental implants in each jaw. The first step will be to take a high-definition CT scan of your jawbone that can help us determine the health of your jaw and remaining teeth (if any) and the best location to place the implant. We will numb your mouth and remove any remaining unhealthy teeth. Then, we will place four to six dental implants in the upper and lower jaws, instead of using dental implants for every individual tooth. This helps us preserve the health of your mouth. Once the implants are placed, we will place a non-removable temporary denture over your gum, which can offer you fair function and an immediate set of teeth. We will then wait for your jaw to fully heal. Once the implants have integrated into your jaw, we will take an impression of your mouth and use it to make a permanent denture. This denture will be custom-fitted to your mouth so it will offer superior comfort and provide function just like your natural teeth.
Are Esthetic Implants Right For Me?
Dental implants are an excellent treatment option for most people who have a healthy mouth. Some people have low jawbone density due to which they cannot support implants in their mouth; however, this issue can be easily treated with jawbone augmentation. At Pacific Modern Dentistry, Dr. Jae Seon Kim and Dr. Kim can find out whether esthetic implants are a right option for you. We will provide you with all the benefits, risks, and other information about this procedure so that you can make an informed decision about your oral health. If you are missing teeth and would like to find out whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with us at (206)284-4505 today.