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Dental implants
in Sunnyvale & San Jose, CA

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option designed to look, feel, and function like a natural tooth, which allows patients to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

About dental implants

When a patient comes to us hoping to restore a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, they often choose dental implants as their solution because they offer fully functional and healthy smiles with the permanence and appearance of natural teeth. Dr. Beech and Dr. Reid are highly trained in dental implant placement and regularly perform these types of procedures in the comfort and safety of our practice. Patients receiving the implant regain the ability to eat the foods they want with the comfort that their implants will appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

Dental implants are a true tooth replacement solution because they replace the entire structure of the tooth, not just the top chewing surface. Three parts work together to create a complete dental implant:

  • A post, sometimes called a screw (often made of medical-grade titanium)
  • A connecting abutment
  • A crown

First, Dr. Beech or Dr. Reid will make a small incision in your gum and place the post into the jaw bone, where it will fuse with the bone over several weeks of healing, a process called osseointegration. Then, your doctor will place the abutment, which acts as an anchor for the artificial tooth. Finally, your restorative dentist will place your custom-made crown. In general, the entire treatment takes between 6 to 8 months, and most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily lives during this time.

Dr. Beech and Dr. Reid are able to place single stage implants, which means they do not require an additional procedure to uncover them. Implants require a minimum of 12 weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. Sometimes, your implant can be placed on the same day as a tooth extraction, which further minimizes the number of surgical procedures.

To learn more about dental implants, we encourage you to visit our Dental Implant FAQ.

The benefits of dental implants

The design and implementation of dental implants provide the same benefits as natural teeth. They won’t slip around in your mouth or make clicking sounds when you eat or talk like traditional dentures, and, like a natural tooth, a dental implant placed in your jaw bone will help to keep your jaw healthy. If you are missing many teeth, full-arch restoration may be a viable option to replace an entire arch of teeth at once.

Dental implants have many great benefits, including the following:

  • The implant post permanently fuses with the jaw bone, which helps to control bone loss and maintain your oral health and facial aesthetics.
  • Dental implants are so realistic that they are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
  • Dental implants often enhance your quality of life because of renewed self-confidence.
  • Enjoy your favorite foods in comfort and confidence—no slipping or clicking like with dentures.
  • Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth.
  • We offer bone and soft tissue grafting so that even patients with considerable bone loss can enjoy successful dental implant placement at Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery.

During your consultation, you will have a complete evaluation to discuss if a dental implant or another implant-based solution is right for you.

The dental implant process

Dr. Beech and Dr. Reid perform expert dental implant placement procedures in the comfort and safety of our practices in Sunnyvale and San Jose, CA, with options for anesthesia so that you can be completely at ease and comfortable during your procedure. With our team, you are in excellent hands.

While each case is different, a single implant placement usually takes between 10 and 30 minutes, and the time increases for multiple implants. You can expect your dental implant process at our practice to go much like the following:

  • The consultation. This initial appointment will consist of our oral surgeons evaluating your oral health condition and using advanced diagnostic equipment to assess and plan your dental placement. The doctor will then work with you to develop the ideal treatment plan. You will receive your pre- and post-operative instructions, and all of your questions will be addressed, leaving you well-informed and at ease about your upcoming procedure.
  • The day of surgery. When you are ready, your oral surgeon will administer the anesthesia that was chosen at your consultation appointment, and your procedure will begin. First, Dr. Beech or Dr. Reid will make a small incision in your gum tissue where your implant will be placed, and then they will insert the implant post in your jaw bone. The surgical site will be stitched closed, and you will have plenty of time to rest after your procedure before your designated driver takes you home.
  • The recovery period. The moment your procedure ends, your recovery begins. It is your top priority to heal. Proper healing is important because it allows the dental implant post to fuse with the jaw bone and create a secure foundation on which your custom crown will be placed. A complete fusion of the implant post with the jaw bone will take several weeks. Most patients resume their regular routines after a week or two post-surgery. Detailed instructions on your post-operative care will be provided, and you should follow these instructions accurately and carefully to ensure a smooth recovery.
  • The abutment placement. For the restoration to be complete, a small connector piece called an abutment must be placed on the implant post so that the crown can be attached. Once there has been sufficient healing, your doctor will determine when to attach the abutment.
  • The crown placement. It is possible that you will have a temporary crown to wear during recovery, but as soon as enough healing has taken place, a permanent, custom crown will be placed on top of your abutment, and your tooth restoration will be complete. Your restorative dentist will typically prepare and place the crown for you.

Contact one of our offices to learn more about dental implants.

Dental implant cost in Sunnyvale & San Jose, CA

Every patient’s condition is different, and the cost for a dental implant or implants at our practice varies depending on many factors, but we work hard to ensure that our care is offered at competitive prices for the South Bay area. Our helpful and dedicated team will work with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures. Our office is conveniently in-network with MetLife PPO, Cigna PPO, Delta Dental PPO, and other payment plan options.

  • Some factors that will determine your cost include
  • How many implants will be placed
  • If bone or soft tissue grafting will be required for a stable implant placement
  • If tooth extraction(s) is needed before receiving an implant
  • The details of your insurance coverage

For an accurate estimate of your dental implant cost that considers all factors of your treatment and surgical plan, we recommend you request a consultation with our oral surgeons.

The value of dental implants

When you lose several teeth, whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years, chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can renew your self-confidence and help you achieve a smile you can be proud of. A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark developed this concept for oral rehabilitation over 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Brånemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and recovered self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Dental implant FAQ

What types of prostheses are available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth, while a partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only 2 or 3 implants. A complete dental prosthesis replaces all of the teeth in your upper or lower dental arch. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a socket. A fixed prosthesis is permanent and is only removable by the dentist.

Why choose dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?

There are several reasons, one of which is to keep in mind that if it is not necessary to sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth, then an implant is a great option when considering the surrounding healthy teeth. Additionally, removing a denture or partial at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures can slip and slide around in your mouth.

Why choose an oral surgeon?

Usually, dentists will refer patients to oral surgeons when necessary dental work is outside of their normal practice. Oral surgeons specialize in dental implants, jaw joint disorders, facial pain, and oral surgery, and spend an extra 4 to 8 years in dental school. Additionally, oral surgeons have extensive training in a particular field, such as implant placement, and have a greater in-depth surgical training background than general dentists.

Are dental implants right for me?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be thoroughly examined and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, other solutions such as bone grafting may be recommended.

How long is the recovery period?

It usually takes between 3 and 6 months for the most important part of post-operative healing to occur, which is the fusion of the implant post to the jaw bone. Your age, jaw bone condition, and other factors will affect the time it takes to fully heal. Following all pre- and post-operative guidelines provided by our office will help you keep your recovery on track.

What type of anesthesia is used?

The majority of dental implants and bone graft procedures can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.

Will the procedure hurt?

It is normal to be concerned about discomfort regarding any type of surgery. While patients should anticipate some level of discomfort during the recovery period, it is our goal to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment. During your procedure, you will have the decided form of anesthesia that will manage pain and discomfort. We will go over all of this with you in detail when we see you for your initial consultation appointment, so you can rest assured that our team will take excellent care of you.

How do I care for implants?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing, and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

Other questions?

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