Implant Dentistry

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Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth? Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that our Implant team surgically places in the jawbone.

Only 20 years ago,  there were no options for implants. Statistics show that 69% of individuals between 35-44 have at least one missing tooth.  By age 75,  26% have lost all their teeth.  Implants placed more than 20 years ago still operate at peak performance today.  There has been many advances in implant design placement and restoration in the last 5 years.  We at Almaden Dental Associates keep up to date on the latest science by attending classes and semiairs continuously.  We work with several leading implantologist, oral surgeons, and periodontist  in the South Bay to offer you a highly skilled team, spanning several disciplines to address your implant scenarios.  A successful implant benefits from a  team approach from several disciplins in planning and implementing your unique need and you are followed closely throughout the planning, placement and restoration .  The teamwork continues long after the implant and crown have been placed.  Your implant will continue to be monitored and maintained by our staff providing you with the highest level of aftercare

For those patients who are not happy with loose dentures,   Four well placed implants can be placed to secure your denture– increasing the stability, support and comfort of your denture.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

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Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution for you. With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:

Existing Medical Conditions. If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.

Gum Disease or Problem Teeth. Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay have been successful.

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Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures. Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.

Smokers. Although smoking lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of getting them.

Bone Loss. Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. Our team of dental surgeons are trained and experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.

Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child’s orthodontic treatment plan. We can help you make those decisions.