in El Dorado Hills, CA
True Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery has three California locations to serve our patients. Dr. Straw and Dr. Hsu offer a variety of oral surgery procedures, including dental implant placement and restorative treatments, at each of our locations in El Dorado Hills, Placerville, and Irvine, California.
When people lose or damage an adult tooth, many turn to dental implants for a replacement. Dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the crown and root, and function just like a natural tooth.
The crown is custom-made to match the shape and color of your other teeth. In fact, many people aren’t able to tell a dental implant from a natural tooth because they are so lifelike. Our goal is to create functioning results that look and feel natural, so you can live with confidence in your teeth.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
A tooth’s root stimulates the jaw bone, keeping it strong. When there is no tooth root, the jaw bone begins to weaken in that area. Over time, this can cause facial features to sag or nearby teeth to shift into the empty gap. If you’ve been missing a tooth for a while, you may need a bone graft to ensure there is adequate bone to support the implant post.
Dental implants fuse with the jaw and stimulate the bone during chewing. The crown prevents nearby teeth from shifting, and you get to enjoy having a complete smile. If you’re missing many or all of your teeth, you may be a candidate for a full-arch restoration.
The 4 Biggest Advantages of Dental Implants
Maintain Good Oral Health.
Dental implants keep your jaw strong and help prevent bone or gum loss. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant prevents neighboring teeth from shifting into the empty space.
Once a dental implant is inserted, it’s there to stay. The post fuses with the jaw bone, making it a permanent part of your smile. You won’t need to remove it during eating or brushing, and by taking care of it with regular brushing and flossing, it can last a lifetime.
Enjoy Food Again.
Unlike with other oral appliances, you don’t have to worry about damaging your dental implant when enjoying your favorite foods. It stays in place and functions just like a healthy natural tooth.
Love Your Smile.
You can feel confident again with a complete, healthy smile. Now you don't have to cover your mouth when you laugh or worry about cumbersome dentures.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are versatile and your treatment can be modified specifically to your needs. There are several types of treatment using dental implants as replacement teeth:
- Single Tooth Replacement. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth, as many times as you need throughout your mouth.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. An implant-supported bridge replaces several teeth that are missing next to each other. Traditional bridges require these teeth to be grinded down to fit the prosthesis, while dental implants do not.
- Immediate Implants. A dental implant post can be inserted immediately after a tooth is extracted. This reduces the number of appointments necessary for tooth replacement.
- Full-Arch Restoration. This solution completely replaces one or both arches of teeth. It is ideal for patients missing many or all of their teeth and results in a natural-looking smile. Using only a few dental implants for support, this permanent prosthesis provides full functionality and beautiful results.
Our oral surgeons are experts at placing implants and restoring teeth.
Dental Implant Procedure
Our oral surgeons will walk you through all the steps of your treatment during the consultation. We will also discuss anesthesia options and answer any questions you may have.
Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo general surgery are able to receive dental implants. If you’ve been missing teeth for a while or have other complications, you may require additional appointments to have teeth extracted, place bone grafts, and allow time to heal before the implant post can be placed.
It typically takes less than 1 hour per dental implant. On the day of surgery, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the titanium implant post. Over the next few months, it will fuse with the jaw bone. After you’ve healed, the abutment is attached and a restorative dentist will place the crown.
Cost of Dental Implants in El Dorado Hills
Dental implants are a popular option for tooth replacement because they look and function just like natural teeth. They have a high success rate and can last for many years with proper care.
The cost of an implant depends on how many you need, the details of your insurance, your choice of anesthesia, and if you require other surgical procedures. We go over your treatment in detail with you during your first visit, so you will know exactly what to expect and how much it will cost.
Bridges and removable dentures are less expensive upfront, but they must be replaced every few years and don’t promote a strong jaw bone or healthy gums. Many patients find dentures uncomfortable and feel embarrassed to remove them during eating and brushing. Dental implants stay in your mouth and only require regular brushing and flossing like natural teeth.
Implants from Zimmer Biomet Dental
We are proud to offer implants from Zimmer Biomet Dental, a leading manufacturer of the most advanced implants and prosthetics available today. Zimmer Biomet Dental has designed numerous restorative options and has helped improve patients’ quality of life for more than two decades. Visit the official Zimmer Biomet website to learn more.
Find Dental Implants in El Dorado Hills, CA
True Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery has three office locations. You can find our El Dorado Hills office less than an hour northeast of Sacramento between White Rock and Clarksville. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
If you wear dentures and are looking for a more comfortable and long-term alternative, you may be a candidate for full-arch restoration. This procedure uses dental implants to secure a fixed denture, completely restoring your smile’s appearance and function. Dental implants also keep your jaw bone healthy and preserve facial structure, which traditional dentures do not.
Although cheaper upfront, dentures can become expensive over time with replacements and professional fittings. It can feel embarrassing to remove your teeth during meals or brushing, but with an implant-supported prosthesis, your teeth stay in your mouth at all times. Full-arch restoration eliminates the inconveniences associated with dentures and leaves you with a healthy, functioning, beautiful new smile. Contact our office to learn more about denture replacement in El Dorado Hills, CA.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implant Patients
Catherine Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name is Catherine and I’m from Sacramento. I came to True Oral Surgery to get some dental implants. When I first walked into True Oral Surgery, I felt very comforting. It felt like I was walking into my home. Dr. Straw was so precise and so patient in explaining the procedure to me. The procedure was very successful, and I’m very happy with the results. The team called to check up on me and made sure I was on top of all my appointments, as well as follow up after my procedure. The overall experience was great. I am confident when I smile, and I’ve smiled for the first time in 2 years. To my friends in Placerville that need oral surgery, I highly recommend True Oral Surgery."
Frequently Asked Questions
How painful is it to get dental implants?
We try to make your experience as comfortable as possible by offering several anesthesia and sedation options. Local anesthesia is often used to numb the area, preventing discomfort. The lidocaine is injected through a small needle that feels like a small pinch at first, then begins numbing the area. If you experience dental anxiety, we can discuss other options like IV sedation.
Can dental implants be done in a day?
If you’re having a tooth extracted, we can place the implant post on the same day if there is enough jaw bone to support the implant. During a full-arch restoration procedure, we extract any remaining teeth in the dental arch and place the implants with the prosthesis. This is often called Teeth-in-a-Day because patients can walk in with little to no teeth and leave with a complete smile.
What should I avoid after dental implants?
For the first week, avoid hard or sticky foods. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid hot liquids and foods. Return to a normal diet as tolerated.
Does food get under dental implants?
Food can get stuck between dental implants like other natural teeth. The gum should fully heal around the base of the crown, but it’s not uncommon for food to get stuck around the implant and gums. Brush and floss twice per day and see your dentist for regular checkups to ensure proper oral hygiene.
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