Dental Implants


Quality Dental Implants in Vallejo

Smiling Senior Couple on SailboatIf you are missing one tooth or many, you may have heard about dental implants as a possible treatment option. At Glen Cove Dental, Dr. Larry Lim and Dr. Jacquie Lim provide dental implant placement and restoration to help restore your smile to its best health, function, and beauty.

Whether helping replace one tooth or many, our dentists have the experience, technology, and skill to restore your smile completely. We have been serving the unique tooth replacement needs of individuals throughout Glen Cove, Benicia, and Vallejo and look forward to serving you! Contact our Vallejo dental office today to schedule your implant consultation.


What are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

Dental implants are posts that typically consist of body-safe titanium, which serve as artificial tooth roots. When surgically inserted into the jaw, implant posts fuse naturally with living tissue and bone in a process called osseointegration. This bonding process allows your implants to become a permanent part of your jawbone, thus creating a secure and lasting foundation for your new tooth or teeth.

The 3 Parts of A Dental Implant

There are three different parts to a dental implant. Continue reading to discover more!

  1. The implant post is the screw-like structure made to be placed directly into the jawbone and replacing the lost tooth root.
  2. The abutment is the piece placed on top of your implant post, resting on the gum line. The abutment is responsible for connecting your implant post to your final, customized restoration.
  3. Also known as your new tooth, the restoration is the final piece to completing your dental implant(s). Your prosthetic is designed for durability and to look and feel natural. Depending on your needs, your restoration can be a crown, bridge, or denture appliance.

Why Choose Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth?

woman checking out her new smile using mirror in dental officeImplants replace missing teeth as well as their roots, so they are the only replacement solution that restores your entire tooth. Dental implants also provide important benefits for your overall health.

Because essential stimulation is restored, dental implants help stop jawbone weakening. This allows your jawbone to become healthy, and functional once more. This preservation of your jaw structure also helps to protect natural facial features from sagging. Gaps from missing teeth that are replaced also keep neighboring teeth from shifting out of position. This also helps to preserve your bite and chewing abilities, which, in turn, promotes proper digestion.

In addition to the many benefits they offer, dental implants have an overall success rate of 98% in healthy patients! They also give you a chance at achieving a healthy and beautiful smile designed to improve self-confidence and overall quality of life.

How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants Replace?

When securing your custom restoration, dental implants can replace one to all missing teeth in your smile. We offer the following implant-supported prosthetics:

Crowns are ideal for replacing a single missing tooth in your smile when attached to one dental implant. They are made of natural-looking and strong porcelain materials that resemble real enamel.

Fixed Bridges are designed to restore two or more teeth lost in a row. These restorations often use two implants for lasting support. Bridges typically consist of several crowns attached to help bridge the gap between natural and missing teeth.

Dentures are excellent options for replacing multiple to all teeth missing in the upper or lower jaws. They typically consist of many artificial teeth resting on a pink, acrylic base, which imitate natural gums. Dentures can use four to eight dental implants to restore an entire smile.

What Does Placing Dental Implants Involve?

patient looking at dental x-ray in dental officeDigital x-rays, CT-scanners, and other precise imaging technology provide your implantologist or oral surgeon 3D pictures of your teeth, roots, jawbone, and facial structures. This information is needed to examine your oral and dental health and determine if you are healthy enough to receive dental implants. If so, a detailed consultation discussing your unique needs and goals helps create your personalized treatment plan. Depending on your situation, we can also provide nitrous oxide or oral sedation as part of your treatment.

During the implant placement procedure, precise surgical guides are used to help your specialist place your implants with skill and accuracy. This includes inserting your implants with the right amount of pressure and placing them in the ideal position. Depending on your replacement needs, your procedure can take up to several hours.

Does Placement Hurt?

No. Some soreness and slight discomfort are expected after your oral surgery procedure. However, if pain or bleeding increases after the first few days, call our office right away.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

senior mother hugging her adult son at home on sofaAdults who are in good oral and overall health often make great candidates for dental implants. The main concern is whether there is enough healthy jawbone to hold implants after placement. If the bone in your jaw is too weak to hold implants on its own, you still have a chance of treatment with the help of a bone graft. A bone graft involves new bone material being added to your jawbone to build up its strength and volume, increasing your chance of successful implant placement.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. With diligent oral hygiene and visits to our dentist every six months for your routine cleanings and oral health exams, your implants should last for many years.

How Much Does Implant Treatment Cost?

The overall cost of your implants depends on your specific needs and treatment plan. To get a more exact quote, schedule a consultation with our implant dentist.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants Today!

At Glen Cove Dental, Dr. Larry Lim and Dr. Jacquie Lim perform dental implant placement and restoration all under one roof. If you or a loved one are looking to replace missing teeth for good, contact our dedicated team to schedule your consultation today!


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