Salinas Dental Implants
If you lose a tooth or teeth, Blanco Circle Dental Care can help. Dental implants are permanent, natural-looking restorations that can give you back your confident smile.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a durable solution that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth! This is possible thanks to a titanium anchor that is surgically implanted into your jaw bone. If you think a dental implant might be the right choice for you, Dr. Klugman will conduct a thorough evaluation of your bone structure and oral health; and if he determines you are a good candidate for the procedure, he can perform the entire procedure right here in our office.
Dental implants imitate nature as the surrounding bone tissue fuses with the titanium post, which creates a stable foundation for your restoration. After the anchor is secured, Dr. Klugman will attach a color-matched, porcelain crown that will blend flawlessly with your natural teeth.
Implant-Retained Bridges and Dentures
If you have lost several teeth, dental implants can act as anchors for a bridge or denture. That means no more worrying that your teeth will slip around or fall out when you are least expecting it -- dental implants add stability to the bite and reassure patients that their restorations will remain securely in place while eating, speaking, and laughing.
An implant-retained bridge replaces missing teeth when there are still healthy ones remaining in the gum line. It can be fixed or removable. By replacing the missing teeth as well as their roots, dental implants keep the remaining natural teeth healthy and where they should be in the gum line. Without a comprehensive tooth replacement, the jawbone may shrink and cause the remaining teeth to get loose, shift around, or fall out.
A complete denture retained by dental implants replaces all the missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It won’t slip around or rub blisters in your soft oral tissues. You won’t need an implant for each missing tooth -- a complete denture can be held in place on as few as six dental implants.
Mini Dental Implants
At Blanco Circle Dental Care, we also place mini dental implants when the traditional method isn’t the best solution for your oral health needs. Just like the name suggests, mini dental implants are like traditional implants -- but smaller. At their largest, mini implants are half as wide as traditional ones.
Mini dental implants can be placed and restored with the prosthetic teeth in just a few hours. They can secure a single crown, a bridge, or new dentures. Mini implants can also be used to retain an existing denture that is loose or uncomfortable.
The procedure for mini dental implants is completed in a single appointment and requires only minimally invasive surgery that can be performed under local anesthesia. Healing times are shorter compared to traditional dental implants. That makes mini dental implants a good option for patients with limited budgets, people with certain health problems affecting the immune system, or those who would need to undergo a bone augmentation procedure before receiving their implants.
Compared to traditional dental implants, mini dental implants offer the following benefits.
- Can be completed on the same day
- Minimally invasive
- Usually require only local anesthesia for total comfort
- May be more affordable than conventional implants
- Eliminate the need for preparatory bone graft procedures
- Can secure an existing denture
Request an Appointment Today!
If you’re already missing or on the brink of losing one or more teeth, it’s time for you to find out whether or not dental implants are a good fit for your smile. We invite you to request an appointment at Blanco Circle Dental Care today!
Frequently Asked Questions – Dental Implants
Do you have more questions about dental implants? We have answers! Our experienced team at Blanco Circle Dental Care has collected the most common queries we receive about dental implants and have answered them below. We hope you find this FAQ section helpful and informative! If you do not see the information you are looking for below, feel free to contact us online or call the office to schedule an initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable and skilled dentists.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth and feel unhappy with the way your smile looks, you are likely a good candidate for dental implants. Excellent candidates for dental implants must have:
- Healthy gums
- Adequate jawbone thickness
- Excellent oral hygiene habits
If you have gum disease or a deteriorated jawbone after years of wearing dentures, your dentist may recommend gum disease therapy or a bone graft to fortify the jawbone before approving dental implant treatment.
What Is the Success Rate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an incredibly effective and reliable way to restore missing teeth. In fact, according to research published in The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, dental implant treatment has a success rate of up to 95%! That means out of the millions of dental implants placed each year in the U.S., only about 5% of them fail.
Although dental implant failure is rare, it is important to understand why it can sometimes occur. The following factors can contribute to dental implant failure:
- Tobacco use
- Weak or insufficient jawbone
- Untreated oral infections, such as gum disease
Can Dental Implants Support Dentures or Bridges?
Yes! As noted above, dental implants are a very versatile tooth replacement solution. Whether you need a single missing tooth replaced or want to restore an entire missing row of teeth, dental implants may be the right treatment for you. Here is a quick overview of the types of dental implant treatment that Dr. Klugman can perform right here in Salinas:
- Single tooth replacement
- Implant-retained bridges
- Implant-retained dentures
- Mini dental implants
How Do You Maintain Your Dental Implants?
Taking care of dental implants is very similar to taking care of your natural smile. To help ensure your dental implants last as long as possible, be sure to:
- Brush twice a day for a full two minutes each time
- Floss at least once a day
- Visit us at Blanco Circle Dental Care twice a year for a dental exam and professional cleaning
If you follow these 3 easy tips, you can expect your dental implant to last for decades – or perhaps even the rest of your life! Meanwhile, the dental prosthetic attached to your dental implant will likely need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years due to normal wear and tear.
How Long Is the Dental Implant Process from Start to Finish?
Dental implant treatment is typically completed in multiple steps over the course of several months. Here is a breakdown of each step along the way to your newly restored smile:
- Step 1: Initial Consultation – Klugman will thoroughly evaluate your bone structure and oral health to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
- Step 2: Implant Placement – The implant or implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gums. While many dental practices have to send their patients to an outside specialist for this step, at Blanco Circle Dental Care we offer start to finish dental implant treatment!
- Step 3: Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment – You will be given 4 to 6 months to let the dental implant heal and fuse with the surrounding jawbone. Once this process is complete, you will return to our office so Dr. Klugman can place an abutment, which is the piece that connects an implant to an artificial tooth or other dental prosthetic.
Step 4: Restoration –Just a few weeks later, you will be ready for the final visit, in which your new tooth, bridge or denture will be securely attached to your dental implant(s).