Our patients know we care for them...

Our patients know we care for them...

!Nuestros pacientes saben que cuidamos de ellos¡

Bright smiles that stand out!

Bright smiles that stand out!

!Sonrisas brillantes que se destacan¡

Lay back and relax...we'll take care of you!

Lay back and relax...we'll take care of you!

!Recuestese y relajese...nosotros cuidaremos de Usted¡

Always feel confident of your smile!

Always feel confident of your smile!

!Siempre seguro de su sonrisa¡

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Dental Implants:

Dental Implants are cylindrical artificial tooth roots fabricated with titanium which are surgically placed in the jaw bone. A crown is later placed over the implant and this will function like a regular tooth for chewing, speaking, and smiling.

Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or even multiple teeth supporting a bridge or even a complete denture.

Placement of implants is similar to a tooth extraction, in some cases even simpler. It can be done with local anesthesia and several implants can be placed in the same procedure.

A requirement for the placement of implants is the amount of bone which has to be sufficient to surround the implant when it is placed. In a period of a few months the bone will grow into microscopic crevices in the surface of the implant and will lock it in. This is a process known as osseointegration. When the bone is not sufficient to place an implant then the dentist must perform bone grafting procedures to provide a good base for the implant.

The patient must be evaluated thoroughly to see if he is a candidate for dental implants. Patients must be healthy, without gum disease, and without any type of contraindication for dental implants. Most importantly, the patient must be committed to proper care, hygiene and regular checkups.

One of the great advantages of dental implants is that they will help maintain the volume of the bone in the area where they are inserted. This would not happen if the site of a missing tooth is left empty or even with any type of bridge or denture as the bone will continue to resorb if it doesn't have the proper stimulus given by chewing with a natural tooth or an artificial tooth like an implant with a crown.

Alveolar bone grafting:

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that consists in placing bone where needed. In some cases alveolar bone grafting is necessary to support dental implants. The type of bone that will be placed can be synthetic bone, donor bone, bovine bone or the patient’s own bone taken from another area, or a mixture of these bones. These different types of bone can come as granule like particles or in blocks. The bone that is chosen will depend on the type of defect.
When is a bone graft needed?
-When a tooth is extracted and a dental implant won't be placed right away, ideally the socket should be filled with bone to help maintain the volume in that area and after a period of healing the implant is placed. Socket grafting is a type of alveolar ridge preservation.
-When a tooth has been missing for a certain period of time the bone in that area tends to resorb or shrink from lack of function so it can be very narrow, not high enough, or both, to support a dental implant. In this case bone grafting to increase the volume can be necessary before placing the implants. This procedure is called alveolar ridge augmentation.
-Areas in the alveolar jaw bone that have suffered from tooth or gum infections or trauma may require bone grafting to be able to support dental implants. This is also alveolar ridge augmentation.

Sinus Lift:

When posterior teeth have been missing from the upper jaw for a certain period of time, the maxillary sinuses will become enlarged and this subtracts bone from the inside part of the alveolar bone in that area.
A sinus lift or sinus augmentation is a procedure where bone will be placed inside the maxillary sinus cavity in order to make the alveolar ridge taller so that it can support dental implants. In order to place the bone graft inside the sinus cavity, an opening is surgically made at the sides of the upper jaw and then the lining of the maxillary sinus which is a membrane is carefully lifted with special instruments so the bone particles can be placed inside the sinus, underneath this membrane.
A sinus lift is usually needed when posterior upper teeth have been missing for a long period of time, although some patients experience bone loss faster than others and the bone loss can happen in shorter periods of time.