Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement option that has gained popularity thanks to their many advantages for patients with missing teeth. Comprised of three main pieces, these implants are designed to look and feel as realistic as your natural teeth. Tooth loss is nothing to laugh about, but this course of tooth replacement treatment can restore your smile to its bright sheen again. With a strength, longevity, and permanence to rival any of your natural teeth, dental implants can be a one-time investment for a lifetime of smiles.
Dental implants are a non-removable prosthetic used to replace missing teeth. Considered the ‘gold standard’ of tooth replacement options, implants are custom made to mimic the function and appearance of your teeth. The integration process allows your new implants to function much like your natural teeth, providing the stability and stimulation needed for a healthy smile. Boasting a high success rate, dental implants are long-lasting and extremely durable, giving you a beautiful smile for years to come.
The dental implant process from start to finish takes place during a set of appointments spaced out over several months. This journey ensures Dr. Chao can give you the most successful results with your new natural-looking teeth. Allowing a recovery period between each step of the implant process lets them integrate completely into the jawbone for a permanent, flawless smile. The three separate pieces of the dental implant enable them to function like natural teeth, preventing further damage and maintaining oral health.
Even though dental implants can provide the best replacement for missing teeth, not everyone will immediately qualify. To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Chao will conduct a thorough exam of your oral health to decide the best option for you during your consultation. Fortunately, depending on the cause of your inability to qualify for implants, changing unhealthy habits or opting for supplemental procedures might improve your candidacy. If you don’t immediately qualify, our Pleasanton prosthodontist can create a treatment plan to give your implants the best chance for long-term success.
A less invasive procedure that can be used to restore an entire arch of teeth, All-on-4® implants can be used even in cases where you might not qualify for traditional dental implants. All-on-4 dental implants require less jawbone and can be done in as little as one or two appointments with Dr. Chao. Mounted on four implants placed strategically along the jawbone, your new teeth will function and have the appearance of natural teeth.
In cases where you don’t immediately qualify for dental implants, you may still be able to achieve a beautiful new smile. Using supplemental procedures such as gum tissue and bone grafts to improve your oral health will ensure the long-term success of your implants. Dr. Chao is committed to the long-term success of your implants. She believes that being in good oral health is important to make sure your implant integrates successfully into the jaw bone making them strong and durable.
Seeking out a qualified dental implant provider will help the procedure to be as smooth and successful as possible, and that your implants are placed correctly. Knowledgeable and experienced providers receive specialized training beyond dental school to help prepare them for any complications that may arise during dental implant placement. Dr. Chao is a skilled and dedicated prosthodontist who provides the highest quality of care for your dental implants, your oral health, and your overall health.
Depending on the state of your mouth and the number of teeth that need to be replaced, there are different treatment options available to help give you a strong, healthy smile. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth, our Pleasanton dentist can design a treatment plan that will restore the healthiest function of your mouth, as well as help improve and maintain your oral health.
While less expensive dental implants might be enticing, there are likely very important parts of the procedure that are being left out. This could lead to complications and endanger your health and your smile. At Pleasanton Prosthodontics, our implant dentists can ensure you’re safe and have a successful procedure.
If you’re concerned about your ability to pay for dental implants, we can help. Our office accepts many payment options and we offer financing options. These payment plans can break down your dental implant treatment payment into affordable monthly increments.
Your dental implant is more likely to last longer if you take proper care of it. Luckily, dental implants are easy to take care of — simply brush and floss your teeth daily, as well as have regular dental checkups to keep your teeth in their best condition.
Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement option and they provide the support of a natural tooth without sliding around like removable dentures.
Gum disease can lead to receding gums and bone loss, which can threaten the success of your dental implant. To ensure you have the best chance of a successful implant, you’ll need to be free of gum disease.
In the case of previous gum disease that’s left you with insufficient gum or bone material for implants, Dr. Chao can perform a supplemental procedure. These procedures are aimed at regenerating your lost tissue so you can receive a dental implant.
At your consultation, you’ll be examined to determine your candidacy for dental implants. Then, you’ll learn which procedures you need and how long your treatment may last.
Your candidacy for dental implants will be determined by Dr. Chao during your consultation. She knows what to look for and evaluates accordingly. Dental implants are best for patients who are missing one or more teeth, or want to swap out their dentures or bridges for a more permanent result. The journey to a complete smile can sometimes be daunting, as the average length of the dental implant process can last from four to six months.
Our patients in Pleasanton, CA have found the benefits of the implants themselves to far outweigh the journey it took to get there.
Dr. Maggie Chao
1475 Cedarwood Lane Suite C
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Monday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM