At Allure Dental Center, we want to help each of our patients love their smiles. For patients experiencing tooth loss, Dr. Trinh or Dr. Suzanna offer treatment to help restore your natural-looking, comfortable smile with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth that use artificial roots to replace teeth that once stood inside of your mouth. Depending on how many teeth you have missing, you may want to talk to Dr. Trinh or Dr. Suzanna about:
SMILE Technique Dental Implants
SMILE stands for “Simplified Microsurgical Implant Lifelike Esthetics”. This dental implant procedure is widely known as the gold standard in dental implants. The SMILE technique allows Dr. Trinh and Dr. Suzanna to give you a lifelike, natural-looking smile using dental implants. There’s no need to suffer from multiple oral surgeries, thanks to the SMILE technique. Once your dental implant is placed, a customized temporary dental crown is fixed to restore your smile.
The SMILE Technique Process
The most important part of providing you with a new implant is the planning phase. The first step is determining exactly what kind of implant therapy will suit your needs. Dr. Trinh and Dr. Suzanna will take into consideration how your health and lifestyle can be affected by dental implants. What kind of dental treatment can you handle? What are your long-term treatment goals? What are your smile priorities? All of these factors and more are discussed when you plan treatment.
Designing how your smile should ultimately look requires detailed and accurate planning. Special digital imaging allows us to virtually plan in advance where an implant should be placed. This will ensure that your implant is placed in the optimum position.
Another important part of smile design is figuring out whether or not you'll need any bone grafting or augmentation to prepare a foundation for an implant.
Last, but not least, comes the step of designing the smile of your dreams. Implant therapy has a crucial cosmetic aspect. We're excited to help you select details such as tooth shape and color to suit your smile. Once your implant is placed, maintaining the health of your new smile with regular check ups and professional teeth cleaning will become your priority.
Replace Your Missing Tooth With a Single Tooth Implant
Single tooth dental implants are like stand-alone, functional teeth. The artificial root is made out of titanium, which encourages new bone growth around it, securing it permanently into place. In fact, at Allure Dental Center we feel confident that our dental implants last for life!
After your implant is fully integrated with your bone, we will place a porcelain dental crown on top of it, supported by an abutment. This makes the implant as if it were an entirely new individual tooth.
Benefits of implants include:
- Improved aesthetics
- Retained tooth spacing and biting patterns
- Strengthened bone tissues
- Permanent replacement teeth
- No alteration to nearby healthy teeth
Replace Several Teeth at One Time With Implant Bridges
An implant supported bridge is similar to a porcelain dental bridge, but is supported onto two dental implant roots instead of natural teeth. Doing this allows us to help Allure Dental Center patients replace more teeth at one time! In fact, you may be able to replace 3, 4, or 5 teeth at once with a fixed implant bridge.
If you’re missing several teeth across different areas of your mouth, you may want to consider single dental implants which support porcelain crowns. To be a candidate for implants, we will need to assess the quality and quantity of your bone. We will typically take a series of x-rays to evaluate prior to making an implant plan.
Missing All of Your Teeth? Not a Problem!
Implant specialists Dr. Trinh Lee and Dr. Suzanna Lee can restore an entire mouth full of missing teeth thanks to permanent implant dentures options.
Fixed implant dentures are permanently mounted onto just a few dental implants. Implants are so strong, that a single implant can bear much more weight than a natural tooth. Sometimes as few as 4 implants are all that is necessary to permanently support a full denture.
Each implant denture is secured firmly in place, giving you the freedom and liberty that isn’t available with traditional full mouth dentures. Instead, the streamlined design simply covers the arch of your jawbone, freeing up the roof of your mouth and making it easier to talk, eat, and smile!
Removable Implant-Supported Dentures (Overdentures)
Overdentures provide another alternative to fixed implant dentures. Implant supported overdentures are similar to permanent dentures, but can be removed at night for oral hygiene purposes. They are usually secured by a type of implant appliance that is placed into your bone.
This type of denture is supported by dental implants and the prosthesis is often called a “Snap On Denture” because the mechanism used to secure the dental prosthesis in place resembles a snap closure. Overdentures like this are typically larger than permanent, non-removable implant-supported dentures and are removable for easy cleaning. They can be the ideal solution for patients who would like a removable denture, but also want to avoid the pain and slipping conventional dentures can bring.
Periodontal disease can cause your jawbone to become too weak to support a dental implant. In cases like this, Dr. Trinh and Dr. Suzanna will often recommend bone grafting (also known as natural bone regeneration) to promote healthy bone growth and thicken your jawbone. Over time, your jawbone will naturally regenerate and become strong enough to support a dental implant.
Sinus Graft (Sinus Lift)
If you're getting dental implants in your upper jaw, you may need a sinus graft surgical procedure first. During this procedure, our dental team will add new bone between your jaw and maxillary sinuses. In order to make room for this bone, your sinus membrane is moved upward. A successful sinus graft will help create healthy bone mass to support your dental implants.
TeethXpress® Dental Implants
With TeethXpress dental implants, you can enjoy a brand new smile on the same day as surgery. After your planning period, your new or converted denture will be affixed to your newly loaded dental implants during the implant surgery!
TeethXpress, often referred to as “Teeth in a Day”, is a treatment concept that rehabilitates an arch by precisely placing 4-6 implants to support a permanent, fixed denture.
We Are The Area Leaders In Implant Dentistry
Dr. Trinh and Dr. Suzanna are the first female dentists in the Silicon Valley and Bay Areas to be granted dual accreditation status by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and Diplomates of the American Board of Oral Implantologists (DABOI/ID.) for their work on dental implants.
Patients come to Allure Dental Center because they know our implant therapy is safe; reliable; long lasting; and produces beautiful aesthetics that you expect for your long-term tooth replacement. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Check out our other restorative dentistry options available if dental implants are not the correct solution.