Dental Implants

There are many reasons why people lose teeth, including decay, injury, and gum disease. Missing a tooth causes several problems. A missing tooth may cause trouble eating, speaking, or chewing. In addition, a missing tooth can lower your self-esteem and cause you to hide your smile.

Our experienced dentist, Lance Alder, DDS, is extremely detail-oriented when it comes to restoring your smile. Having used implants to improve the oral health of countless patients throughout his career, he prefers to use this type of restoration to replace a missing tooth whenever possible. Give us a call today so that Dr. Alder can design a specialized treatment plan and get you back to smiling… with teeth!

What are Dental Implants?

If you are missing a tooth, or even multiple teeth, dental implants may be your ideal solution. These advanced restorations are widely considered the most effective tooth replacement method in the modern dental world.

Consisting of a titanium post embedded into the jaw and a custom-crafted dental crown on top, dental implants can be sturdy, aesthetically pleasing, and long-lasting. They can make it possible to chew, bite, and smile just as you always did.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

High quality dental implants can:

  • Restore proper oral habits (e.g. eating, chewing, smiling)
  • Be incorporated into a number of restorations, including dental bridges 
  • Last for years when well-maintained
  • Blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth
  • Renew confidence in the smile
  • Require little to no alterations to adjacent or opposing teeth
  • Significantly reduce bone loss when compared to leaving an area of the jaw without a tooth

Using state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Alder builds each dental implant to function and appear as though it were a natural tooth. To find out whether you are a candidate for dental implants, feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alder. 

What Does the Dental Implants Procedure Involve?

Firstly, Dr. Alder will determine that dental implants are the ideal treatment for your needs after a thorough examination of your oral health. Specifically, he will make sure you have sufficient jawbone density to maintain implants. He will also ensure you are free of gum disease or compromising infections, which can potentially cause the mouth to reject your implants.

After this assessment, Dr. Alder and our team will work together to place the implant in the needed area. The implant should take approximately three to six months to fuse to the jawbone in a process called “osseointegration.”

Once the area has completely healed and the implant integrated, we will use our digital impressions systems to customize the shape, size, and shade of your crown. Your new tooth should feel and look just like your natural teeth and no one will be able to tell the difference! 

What Is Recovery Like After Dental Implants?

After the implants are placed and the process of osseointegration begins, you may experience some bleeding, swelling, bruising, or tenderness. These effects are normal and typically fade by the end of recovery. You may be prescribed pain medication to manage discomfort. If you have any questions about the dental implant healing process, feel free to get in touch with our team

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Designed to be a permanent replacement for teeth, implants can last for several decades when crafted and placed by a qualified dentist.* To reap the full benefits of your implants and keep them in prime condition, it is essential that you practice good dental hygiene and consistently attend cleanings and exams.

Newport Beach Dental is happy to help you with your dental restoration. To learn more about dental implants or our numerous other restorative options, contact our practice today.

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I have been coming to the office 24 years and have had four implants, several veneers, and over 4 crowns. I have had all my fillings replaced and find the white fillings more esthetic. I am very pleased with all my results.
– JOY F.

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