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Dental Implants

There are many reasons to consider dental implants, whether you have experienced damage due to an accident, trauma, or tooth decay. Missing a tooth or multiple teeth can really impact your oral health. Implant Dentist Dr. Lincoln Parker trives to provide you with the solutions you need for a restored smile. Gaps from missing teeth, loose dentures, and hopeless teeth are all replacable via dental implants, providing a solid foundation to chew and smile.

 

Missing teeth can ultimately lead to functional chewing issues, an impact on the bite, a change in the aesthetics of the smile, and self-esteem issues. You deserve to have confidence in your smile and be proud to show off your teeth when laughing or speaking. Dental implants are an excellent option for a long-term solution and tooth replacement, acting like natural teeth. Check out our reviews to see that no one will take care of you quite like Dr. Lincoln Parker!

What Are Dental Implants?

If you are interested in dental implants, our dentists at Facer Hales Parker Dentistry will take the time to speak with you one-on-one for a dental implant consultation, so you can learn how simple a tooth implant is.

A tooth implant is a small piece of titanium that easily replaces the tooth's root. We place the dental implants where the roots of your teeth are and then place tooth crowns on top to create the perfect smile. There are three pieces to dental implants:

  1. The dental implants themselves

  2. The abutment, which interfaces with the tooth implant.

  3. The dental crown, which is placed on top of the abutment.

Dental implants can be used to help snap-in dentures tight, replace multiple missing teeth with a bridge, or simply support a single tooth.

What are Dental Implants?

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants function like your natural teeth and require regular brushing and flossing. The implant screw can last a lifetime when taking the correct precautions, such as receiving regular dental check-ups every six months. The dental crown can last about 15 years before needing a replacement due to natural wear and tear. However, maintaining excellent dental hygiene can extend the tooth crown's life past 15 years. Depending on the location of your dental implant, it can also be a factor in predicting its lifetime. Tooth implants in the rear of the mouth are subjected to more frequent chewing and may wear out more quickly than implants in the front of the mouth. 

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

How Much Do Implants Cost?

The cost of a dental implant will vary from patient to patient, depending on your current situation. The dental implant itself may not be very expensive, but all the other aspects of the treatment can add up. Here are some questions to ask Dr. Parker:

1. Do I need my tooth/teeth removed?

2. Do I need bone grafting?

3. How many visits will it take to complete the treatment?

These steps can add to the cost of your dental implant. Many patients understand the "implant" to mean the actual tooth they use to chew but the implant is comprised of 3 parts:

1. The root replacement implant in the bone

2. The abutment that allows for a tooth to attach to the implant

3. The tooth itself

The total cost in average around California will range from $2,000-$7,500 per tooth

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What is Surgical Planning?

Dental implants require precision due to the anatomy of the jaw bone, the nerves, the blood vessels, the sinus, and the neighboring teeth. With the modern, advanced technology at Facer Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch,  we can meticulously plan your implant procedure from start to finish. This ensures that the implant is placed in the ideal position for function, cleansability, and longevity. 

Dr. Parker takes the time to sit with his patients so he can understand their hopes and fears for replacing their missing teeth. He then takes the time to plan the dental implant procedure from start to finish. This not only leads to a better surgical experience but also eliminates guesswork. The body heals more effectively due to the precision and efficiency of the procedure. Achieving more predictable and better results is everyone's goal, and surgical planning is crucial to achieving that!

What is Surgical Planning?

What are Dental Implants Made of?

Dental implants are one of the most miraculous advancements in modern medicine! In the early 20th century, many doctors were experimenting with different materials and designs to replace missing teeth. In 1965, the first pure titanium implant was placed and demonstrated that bone fused to the metal. Remarkably, that very first titanium dental implant lasted until the patient's death 40 years later. Since that pioneering implant, millions of titanium dental implants have been placed in patients' mouths. Due to extensive research, Dr. Parker exclusively uses titanium implants. The risk of allergies or other adverse health effects is extremely low, near zero. While zirconia implants are a newer technique currently being tested, the research does not yet support their widespread use.

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What is a Surgical Guide?

With the advanced technology at Facer Hales Parker Dentistry, we can utilize surgical guides to follow our precision planning. After Dr. Parker plans it out on the 3D cone beam x-ray, taking into consideration the placement of the tooth in your bite and its function, he can use the 3D printer to create a guide. This guide fits directly on your teeth and ensures that Dr. Parker places your implant as precisely as possible.

3D printing has advanced many different industries, enabling the fabrication of custom parts and pieces. It is an exciting time in dentistry for you, the patient, as you get to experience all that this technology has to offer here at Facer Hales Parker Dentistry

 

What Can I Expect?

No other office will take care of you like Facer Hales Parker Dentistry. We warmly welcome you into our comfortable environment and ensure you understand everything concerning the cost, procedure, and long-term care. We have technology that allows our patients to see things in a way they never have before.

This enhanced understanding will boost your confidence as you approach the procedure. After settling the financial arrangements, you may require a tooth extraction or bone grafting to prepare for the implant. Depending on the circumstances, these procedures can be challenging to heal from. In comparison, the implant surgery is relatively simple due to meticulous planning and preparation. Moreover, the body has less to recover from.

Your post-op care is straightforward for the first two weeks; you should avoid the area as much as possible. Some pain medication may be necessary to ease discomfort during the first week. You may experience some swelling and bruising as you heal. After two weeks, you can start cleaning and treating the area more normally. It takes around 3 to 4 months for the implants to fully integrate into the bone, marking the completion of the process. 

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Dental Implant Alternatives

When faced with a missing tooth or teeth, what are the alternatives? Well, the first alternative is to leave it as it is – this is, of course, the most affordable option at the present moment. However, over time, it can lead to teeth shifting, making the area harder to clean and potentially affecting your bite, which could further damage other teeth. 

Another option is a dental bridge. The teeth next to the gap are prepared for crowns, and a bridge with teeth attached to the nearby crowns is placed. This is a quicker option than an implant but involves the adjacent teeth. This poses a long-term risk when the bridge develops decay underneath or possibly breaks. Dental bridges can be aesthetically pleasing and, with practice, easy to clean.

A partial denture or full denture is the next option. These are made of acrylic and can be removed. They attach to existing teeth or the remaining gums to stay in place. However, they can be uncomfortable due to their lack of stability and thickness. The customization process can take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. Dentures can look great, but they must be removed each night for cleaning and to allow the mouth tissue to rest.

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Dental Implant Benefits

There are four main benefits to having a dental implant replace a missing tooth:

  1. The replacement of the missing tooth does not affect the other teeth. This prevents trauma to those teeth and reduces the cost of further, more complicated repairs.

  2. Your bite and jaw's functional health are stabilized. Your ability to chew is balanced again, and the neighboring teeth do not shift into the gap.

  3. The bone in the area also stabilizes. Currently, bone grafting has limitations. Without a tooth or implant, the unused bone in the jaw will atrophy, limiting your options for restoration later.

  4. The aesthetics of a missing tooth can impact other aspects of your mental health. Replacing that tooth can restore your confidence!

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Why Dr. Lincoln Parker?

Visiting a dentist can be very challenging, especially considering past experiences with dental offices and worries about the necessary treatments for your teeth and gum issues. Few can ease patient anxiety as effectively as Dr. Parker. He genuinely cares about providing you with the best way to comprehend your current situation. He utilizes technology and other resources to educate you in a way that suits your unique understanding. Dr. Parker is also transparent about the financial aspect, reducing the pressure surrounding one of the most challenging aspects of the process to discuss.

Following this, Dr. Parker's extensive training through the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and his years of surgical experience will instill the confidence that you are in the right hands for your procedure.

Dr. Parker's extensive experience in handling even the most complex TMJ pain cases will assure you that he will provide you with the best functioning tooth or teeth available.

Furthermore, Dr. Parker's years of experience in cosmetic dentistry will demonstrate his commitment to handling your aesthetics with the utmost level of detail and care.

These three pillars of Dr. Parker's care are collectively termed 'The Parker Trifecta.'

Why Dr. Lincoln Parker

Dental Implant Safety

Are Dental Implants safe? Yes!

Dental Implants are one of the most predictable and safe medical procedures available today. There are always risks associated with any dental work one can undertake. Surgery in the jawbone carries higher risks for patients who smoke regularly, have diabetes, suffer from osteoporosis, or have poor dental hygiene.

The safety of the procedure depends on your body's response and the skill of the dentist performing the work.

Dental implants have a 60-year track record of proven safety and success.

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Can I Get My Teeth In a Day?

It sounds too good to be true, right? But yes, you can get your teeth in a day if your situation qualifies. When 4 or more implants are placed, they can support a bridge of teeth fixed to them on the same day as the surgery. These initial teeth will be a prototype or temporary set while the implants, bone, and tissue heal. After 3-4 months, you can transition to a final set of teeth. The initial set of teeth is digitally designed and then 3D printed right here in our office! The 3D printing provides a cleaner set of teeth that are much more accurate than previous acrylic versions. Your final bridge of teeth is typically made of zirconia porcelain material, ensuring long-term aesthetics and strength that resemble natural teeth and function like them too!

If you are having a single implant or fewer than 4 placed to replace missing teeth, we will need to wait for them to integrate into the bone before placing the final teeth.

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Do You Need a CBCT or 3D X-ray?

Dental Implants need to fit precisely within the available bone volume. Traditional x-rays are two-dimensional and can only provide estimates of the jaw's anatomy, making them less precise. A CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) provides the most accurate estimate and visualization of the available bone. Dr. Parker does not place an implant without first having the 3D visualization that a cone beam x-ray can provide.

For our patients here in Orange County, CA, we provide these X-rays complimentary, ensuring that the precision and planning are top-notch!

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Do I Need a Bone Graft?

Dental implants can only be placed in an area with sufficient bone. Natural teeth can have very thin bone around them due to the blood flow around the tooth and the ligaments that hold our teeth to our bone. A dental implant does not have the same natural support system and requires thicker bone to hold it securely. After a careful evaluation of the area by Dr. Parker, our patients in Ladera Ranch and the surrounding areas will visually see how much bone is available. If there is insufficient bone thickness, grafting will be recommended. The graft material is typically processed cadaver or bovine bone. Different areas of the mouth benefit from different types of bone grafts, but they usually come from an external source. These graft materials are processed to remove all biological material, leaving only the mineral component of bone material.

Does It Hurt?

Anytime we undergo a dental procedure, there will be a healing period afterward. Surprisingly, the dental implant procedure, when successful, is one of the least painful procedures to undergo. After extraction and grafting procedures have healed, the body does not need to undergo significant trauma or tissue changes during the implant procedure. Some gum soreness is expected, and typically, there are sutures that can be annoying. However, overall, any discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

If there is pain at the site a week or two later, it usually indicates issues with the procedure, and it should be evaluated.

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Can I Have All My Teeth Replaced?

Losing your teeth can be a very emotional experience, and we are here to help. In the past, replacing all of your teeth often meant getting dentures that were loose or difficult to chew with. For many years, it seemed like you would have to replace individual teeth with many implants, which added to the cost and made it nearly impossible for many people to afford.

Today, Dr. Parker can place 4-6 implants in the upper or lower arch and attach teeth directly to them. There are two options available: All-on-4 or All-on-6 fixed teeth that do not come out, or a denture that snaps onto the implants but can still be removed by the patient.

Call us today to explore your options and discover the available technology that makes it possible for you to receive the best care!

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  • What do I need to know?
    At Facer Hales Parker Dentistry, our dental implants can help achieve the smile of your dreams through dental implant placement. Do you want to feel happier, more comfortable, and overall confident? Your smile can be the first thing people notice about you so let’s make it the best it can be! Let us help you restore the function of your teeth to eat all the foods you have been avoiding.
  • What are dental implants?
    Dental Implants replace teeth with a titanium structure that is placed in the bone to mimic the roots of your teeth. They can be for any adult 18 years or older and allow that person to confidently live their life to the fullest by smiling, eating, laughing, talking, with confidence!
  • Dental Implant Eligibility: Who can get them?
    Any adult who is healthy enough to undergo a dental or oral surgery can be considered for dental implants! The patients should have sufficient bone to hold the implant. Our expert implant dentists will require the patient to have good oral hygiene and attend regular dental visits. After dental implants have been placed and restored our expert implant dentists encourage regular oral hygiene appointments. Eligibility for dental implants can completely depend on our expert implant dentist’s discretion. Some patients may not be considered eligible for dental implants. Our expert implant dentists will take a thorough look through a patient’s entire health history. Some patients with uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, blood clotting disorders, drug abuse, smoking, or any problems with their immune system may not be considered eligible but this is completely up to our expert implant dentist’s discretion.
  • When should you get dental implants?
    There are many reasons to get dental implants. Whether you’ve had dental trauma or want to feel comfortable with your mouth again! Several reasons people consider dental implants can include: Dental trauma, tooth loss, no longer wanting dentures. Depending on the reason why you want to get dental implants can affect when you should get them. If you have lost teeth then you will want to get dental implants as soon as possible because the bone could sink down and deteriorate. If your bones are insufficient and are not in good shape then you may not qualify for dental implants without another procedure. If you do not have sufficient bone you may need an initial bone replacement procedure to qualify for dental implants. The short answer when you should get dental implants is ASAP before you could become ineligible!
  • What are the benefits of dental implants?
    You should feel confident with your smile that should last a lifetime! There are lifelong benefits of getting dental implants that can impact your overall quality of life. · Improved Overall Quality of Life: Dental Implants allow your smile and teeth to function normally which can increase your comfort and confidence. · Improve your Appearance: Getting dental implants preserves bone and prevents further deterioration of the facial structure. With dental implants, wrinkles and other facial structures will stay in place and you can look years younger! · Eliminate Health Issues: having dental implants will improve your overall health.
  • How are dental implants done? What is the procedure?
    The dental implant surgery is performed in our dental office. Either way that the surgery is performed, the intention is that our expert dentist will replace tooth roots with metal, screwlike posts, and replace damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like real ones.
  • What are the steps to get dental implants?
    Step 1: Initial Consultation At this appointment our patient concierge and our expert implant dentists will evaluate and prepare you for your dental implant procedure! The initial consultation will not take long unless bone grafting is necessary then it could take 3-6 months. This can be the most exciting part of the Dental Implant process, you can start to envision your confident life just around the corner! Step 2: Procedure The procedure itself takes 1 to 2 hours. You can be asleep during the procedure by using anesthesia or sedation (oral or IV). Many patients will use local anesthetic/freezing which is a popular way to control any pain. The procedure will be virtually painless and quick! Step 3: Follow-up Visit After the procedure, there will be a healing time which could be from 3-5 months but you can start eating again within 24 hours! Our expert implant dentists will require a few follow-up visits to monitor the dental implant healing.
  • How much are dental implants?
    The cost of dental implants will vary depending on the difficulty of the procedure. Typically, a single dental implant completed with a crown can range from $2,000-$4,000. This price includes the cost of the surgery, implant, all the components, and the implant crown. Unfortunately, generally, dental insurance does not pay for this procedure but the typical way to pay for a dental implant is through optional 3rd party financing offered by our office. Click Here
  • What types of dental implants are there?
    There are three main types of dental implants: endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic. Endosteal Implants Endosteal implants are the most common and highly utilized type of dental implants. They are suited for most patients but require an adequate amount of bone for the implant to integrate/fuse into. These implants are the foundation for the final post and crown. Dental implants are shaped like artificial roots. The type of endosteal implant selected is based on the amount of bone, the quality of bone, and our expert implant dentists expectations of how the final restoration will look, feel, and function. Subperiosteal Implants Subperiosteal Implants are rarely used and are the main alternative to Endosteal Implants. This type of implant is the only procedure available when bone grafting and bone levels are inadequate. Two surgical procedures are required to make and insert a subperiosteal implant. Unlike standard implants, a subperiosteal must be custom-made to fit the contours of a particular person’s bone. Subperiosteal implants rest on top of the bone but are still under the gum. Zygomatic Implants Zygomatic implants are an alternative to the more traditional implants listed above and are the least common type of dental implant. These implants are anchored into the jawbone and After the surgery, fixed teeth can be replaced after three days. There are also two types of alternative non-removable denture dental implant techniques: All-on-4 and All-on-6 Implants All-on-Four or All-on-Six dental implant-supported dentures have advantages over both a full set of dental implants and traditional non-supported dentures. § Unlike regular dentures, All-on-Four or All-on-Six dentures don’t require relining or replacement on a regular basis, and don’t have to be removed daily for cleaning. Instead, as is common with dental implants, the full-bridge of teeth can be cared for in much the same way as your original teeth. § All-on-Four or All-on-Six implants also have advantages over a full set of individual dental implants. These implants are more cost-efficient and four can be supported by existing bone more readily than a full set, and the implants can possibly be set at an angle to utilize existing bone. There can be circumstances that the final bridge/fixed denture can be placed the same day or within a day or two. § Having this procedure as soon as possible after complete tooth loss is highly recommended, as the bone will not have less time to atrophy/deteriorate away and will still be able to support the dental implant procedure.
  • Why should I choose this treatment?
    · Can be placed and restored in as little as one day · Only requires 4 or 6 implants per arch · Feels & functions like natural teeth · Fixed into placed · Allows patients to eat the food they desire · Preserves facial structure · Long-term solution/most cost-effective · Risks of Getting Dental Implants · Dental implants have a high success rate, and failures are relatively rare. Issues include infection and poor healing, failure to integrate, underlying medical condition, lack of bone or excessive bone loss, implant breakage, or fracture. Our expert implant dentist will review with you if you are at risk for any of these and how to best mitigate and minimize the chance of them happening.
  • Are dental implants worth the investment?
    Dental implants provide individuals a lifetime of endless enjoyment of all aspects of life. The joy of being able to eat their favorite foods without worry or discomfort. People smile with total pride, confidence, and a new natural feeling and looking cosmetic appearance. Today’s modern procedures performed by our skilled expert implant dentists using quality materials, combine for very high success rates. Learn about how implants have changed the lives of some of the patients we’ve helped get dental implants.
  • How long do dental implants last?
    Implants usually last a lifetime as long as you are maintaining brushing, flossing, and routine dental appointments. The lifespan can be affected by several factors including smoking of any kind and drug abuse.
  • Can you break a dental implant?
    Dental Implants can break, although it’s very rare. The materials and technology used today make them very reliable.
  • Can a dental implant fall out?
    Most dental implant surgeries are successful with a failure rate of less than 5 percent! But if an implant does ever move or fall out then schedule an appointment with our expert dentist immediately.
  • Does food ever get under implants?
    Occasionally some type of food can get caught between the soft gum tissue and the implants. Some food such as popcorn husks or tiny seeds.
  • Can you get dental implants in a day?
    Yes, many dental implant procedures can be done in one clinical appointment. However, every case is different and our expert implant dentist will make the final determination. Typically, a traditional surgery requires placement of the implant and restoration/teeth placed 4-6 months this allows for the integration of the implant into the bone.
  • Do dental implants stay white?
    The crown/tooth placed on top of a dental implant does remain white. They are designed to resist typical staining, but over time calculus/tartar could build up and require routine dentist visits.
  • How long after dental implants can I eat again?
    Our expert dentist will give you a specific treatment recovery plan on average we recommend only eating soft foods until you have recovered from surgery. Typically, after all, dental surgery, a person should avoid spicy, or extra hot food or drinks. It’s often advised not to drink from a straw for 24 hours as well. Our expert implant dentist will provide specific directions for you to ensure a smooth recovery.
  • What are the best dental implants to get?
    There are many dental implants for different types of situations but experts have said that titanium screws with a permanent crown or implant-supported bridge are the most long-lasting option for most people. Our expert dentist will advise on the preferred methods and materials at your initial consultation.
  • Should I get a bridge or an implant?
    There are benefits of both, but ultimately our dentist will determine which procedure you are eligible for and which is right for you. Bridges do not require surgery but do require sufficient teeth that are not health compromised. Dental implants which do require surgery and recovery are a long-lasting solution.
  • How painful are dental implants?
    Most people do not experience much discomfort within 1-2 days after dental implant placement. Our dentist will prescribe you a pharmaceutical solution to handle the discomfort. Generally, after a few days, regular over-the-counter medications (Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen) can be useful for any discomfort.

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