Some patients lose teeth because of periodontal disease or excessive decay. Others have one knocked out through a sports injury, and many older adults are simply tired of struggling with traditional dentures. If you’re in the market for an ideal tooth replacement solution, look no further than dental implants. While this revolutionary treatment option is by no means a quick fix, the results patients can achieve are revitalizing, predictable, and truly extraordinary in every way. Dr. Scott Grivas has established partnerships with several oral surgeons and periodontists in the Sacramento, CA, area who work with him to help create an incredible transformation that leaves you ready to show off your smile to the world.
While there are multiple reconstructive choices for patients struggling with the loss of one or more teeth, dental implants have a unique benefit that sets them apart. Traditional bridges and dentures replace the crown (the white, visible portion), but they ignore the other vital component of your tooth – the root. Your tooth root stimulates your jawbone, keeping it full and healthy. Without one, patients begin to experience bone deterioration over time, which can lead to an increased risk of additional tooth loss or a sunken facial appearance. Thankfully, dental implants replicate the entire structure of a tooth, which can preserve and even encourage the growth of new bone tissue, as well as rejuvenate the vitality your entire smile.
When pursuing dental implants, patients will first need to have a thorough examination and consultation with Dr. Grivas so that he can determine whether or not you’re a viable candidate for the procedure. Once we’ve worked with you to create a treatment plan that fits your unique needs and we’ve taken CT scans to check for bone quality and density, you’ll be directed to a trusted oral surgeon or periodontist nearby who can deftly handle the surgical placement of your implant(s). You will then undergo a period of healing that will take about three or four months, so that your new implants gradually form a bond with your jawbone, thereby creating a strong foundation for your new restorations. In certain cases, we can complete both the surgical and restorative portion of the implant procedure within 72 hours of one another, dramatically accelerating the healing process. Dr. Grivas can discuss the benefits and potential downsides of certain implant treatments during your initial conversation.
Once your mouth has healed properly from the surgery, you’ll return to our Sacramento office so that we can create and place your high-quality, personalized restorations. These can either be created by our LVI-certified dental lab or with our state-of-the-art CEREC machine, both of which have their benefits. If you choose the CEREC route, then your chewing pressure will return faster, and your adjacent natural teeth that may attempt to fill the empty space will be stopped sooner. If you choose to go through a lab, we’ll have a little extra time to make sure that your restoration fits well and looks exceptional. No two patients have the same needs. Please discuss your personal preferences with Dr. Grivas so that you find the solution that works best for you. Sedation dentistry is also available for patients who are looking for a way to ease their anxiety during their implant procedure.
One valuable benefit of dental implants is their versatility. Whether you’ve lost a couple of teeth or an entire arch, implants can be expertly used in various ways to replenish your smile and restore the structure and strength you need to feel confident in your daily life. Implant-retained prosthetics, like bridges and dentures, can be attached securely to a patient’s smile with the help of only a few implants, which reduces costs while still providing much of the same reinvigorating benefits.
Other benefits of choosing dental implants as your restorative solution include:
- With the help of our tooth-colored restorations, implants are virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your natural smile, giving you the high level of lifelike quality you desire.
- Implants can be treated just like regular teeth, which means that you don’t have to make any inconvenient changes to your diet or oral hygiene routine.
- As long as you care for them properly through diligent care at home and regular checkups at our Sacramento practice, implants are so durable that they can last for the rest of a patient’s life.
Don’t struggle through life with a smile that isn’t at its very best. Instead, we welcome you to become the newest valued member of our oral healthcare family in Sacramento. Dr. Grivas specializes in comprehensive, comfortable treatment that’s made even better through his use of state-of-the-art technology. Contact us today if you’d like to schedule an implant consultation! We also serve the areas of West Sacramento, Rosemont, La Riviera, Florin, and beyond.