Dental Implants Los Gatos CA
In our practice, we are proud to offer the full dental implant experience from start to finish, right in our office. Dr. Santos has extensive training and experience in dental implant placement, having completed a Nobel Biocare Dental Implant and Prosthetic Mini-Residency among other specialized training. Because he is able to provide bone grafting, the implant surgery and the final crown in one location, patients can experience a smoother overall implant process with less disruption to their life.
We know that dental implants are a significant investment, an investment in your health and in your confidence. That’s why we only use the best materials and brands available, and couple that with the newest proven technology and techniques for your best care.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Titanium is used because of its unique ability to fuse with bone, resulting in a prosthetic tooth that is just as strong as a natural tooth is. This gives patients a better quality of life than they would experience with dentures and bridges, and it also helps to preserve the health of the jawbone and, therefore, facial aesthetic qualities.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best method for replacing missing teeth because they:
- They can last a lifetime
- Do not slip or fall out like dentures and bridges do
- Have no eating restrictions
- Look the most natural
Bone Loss from Dentures
Dentures are a very useful tool for dentists as they are a quick solution to missing teeth, however, they do nothing to stimulate the jawbone, which results in its immediate deterioration. Over time, the receding jawbone becomes more and more severe, negatively affecting a person’s health and self-esteem as the face takes on a sunken look. By contrast, dental implants provide the same stimulation that natural teeth do, preserving the jawbone for life.
Dental Implants Procedure
The full dental implant procedure is comprised of three main stages: First, for those with bone loss, we build up the bone with a grafting procedure. After several months, once the bone has been replenished, we are then able to insert the dental implant into the jawbone. And, following that, we craft and attach a strong, natural-looking crown with a connecting piece known as an “abutment”.
Dental Implants FAQ
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants may seem like it is more than alternatives such as bridges and dentures, but when you take into consideration that those alternatives require regular maintenance and replacement, dental implants are a smart and affordable choice for most people.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. The implant site will be totally numb during the procedure and for several hours after. As the anesthesia wears off, you may have some soreness, which is usually adequately controlled with over-the-counter pain medications.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
Implant surgery takes just about an hour, but the entire dental implant process takes between 3 and 12 months while you rest and heal in between the various stages.
How much work will I miss for dental implant surgery?
Most people return to work the day following their dental implant surgery.
Do I need bone grafting before I have dental implants placed?
That all depends on how much bone loss you have, and if the site is stable enough to accept and hold a dental implant. The first step of the implant process is imaging to determine the need for bone rehabilitation.
If you are missing a tooth and want to enjoy life as you used to, please call us at Aaron A. Santos, DDS Phone Number 408-356-6033 today to see if dental implants are right for you!