Dental Implants Q & A

Dental implants are custom-fitted, artificial tooth roots made from medical-grade titanium. Implants are surgically anchored into your jawbone, much like a real tooth root.

Once the implant has fused with your jawbone and the surrounding tissues have healed, we fit it with a custom-crafted dental restoration to complete the process — a single implant receives a dental crown, while multiple implants are often fitted with a dental bridge. A full-arch replacement, or All-on-4 dental implant, typically receives an implant denture.

Dental implants are one of the most popular offerings of cosmetic and restorative dentistry. In addition to being strong, stable, and permanent, they also match your natural teeth perfectly, making them a top choice for filling gaps and restoring your smile.

You need adequate bone structure and healthy gums to successfully undergo implant surgery. This means that if you’re in good health and your jawbone is both strong enough and deep enough to support an implant, you should be able to get implants without any additional procedures like bone grafting or sinus augmentation.

To ensure you have adequate bone quality and mass for successful implantation, you must have a 3D cone beam CT scan, which is a special type of X-ray that creates a 3D image of your teeth, soft tissues, nerves, and bones.

Besides revealing important details about your bone structure, the image also helps us determine the size and type of implant that you need and exactly how they should place it during surgery.

Dental implant surgery is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia. If you require one or more tooth extractions first, your dentist gently removes those teeth and prepares the area for implantation.

Next, they anchor the titanium root into your jawbone and secure your gum over the implant. This helps protect the implant as it fuses with your jawbone and your gum tissues heal.

The amount of time between receiving the implant and completing the restoration depends on your body’s individual rate of healing; your doctor can tell you what kind of time frame you might expect.

Once the implant fuses, you’re ready for the next step. You return to the office so your implant can receive its custom-made porcelain crown, bridge, or denture.

To learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants, call Volterra Dental at (562) 501-3188 today, or use the form below to request an appointment online.

Dr. Richard Blackburn is a highly sought after dentist in Los Alamitos. Having received training at Midwestern University, he earned a strong reputation amongst his instructors and peers as an exceptionally skilled and professional clinician. He possesses extensive training and experience in wisdom teeth extractions, root canals, restorations, implant placement, sleep, and TMJ analysis, among other general dentistry treatments. In addition to enjoying family time, he loves to visit the beach. Being born and raised in Southern Orange County, he is keen to give back to the community and strives to build lasting relationships through comfortable, customized, and high-quality dental treatments.