Dental Implants are the Very Best Solution for Missing Teeth

Mountain View Dental Implants - Mountain View, CA - Implant Dentistry 

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Dr. McEvoy has the highest level of training possible for dental implants. He can do both the implant surgery as well as the restorative work, which means that the patient can have all of the work done by the same dentist. This eliminates the need for coordination of efforts and going to two different dentists.

"Patrick is an excellent dentist. I trusted him with giving me my dental implant and haven't looked back since! His knowledge and genuine love for his craft is what got my attention and gave me the confidence to have him do the job. I highly recommend Patrick for dental implants and any dental needs."
-Marion D., Mountain View

What constitutes a dental implant? 

A small screw made of titanium is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. This is called a “dental implant” and can be used on both the upper and lower jaws. Titanium is used because it is very durable but more importantly is biologically compatible and can fuse with the jaw bone. This creates the anchor for the tooth replacing the missing natural tooth. Dental implants are a popular dental solution for one or more missing teeth.

Why should I consider having dental implants?

Dental implants have become more widely used in recent years because when a tooth is missing, the absence of the root can cause the jawbone to shrink. This affects the patient’s appearance and tends to make people look older. Once the implant is in place and the replacement tooth in place there are no moving parts, like with a bridge. It’s as close to having your own tooth back as is possible.

What will be the total cost of having dental implant surgery in Mountain View, California?

Without having a dentist fully examine your mouth there is no way to do an advance estimate of the total cost of dental implants. There are a number of factors that go into the equation, like how many teeth are missing, where they are in relation to each other and the ideal number of implants that would be needed to support the replacement teeth. Once Dr. McEvoy performs a thorough assessment, he will recommend the best treatment option and advise you of the cost.

Who are the best candidates for dental implants?

Whether or not a dental implant is the solution for someone missing one or more teeth depends on how much bone is still available to work with. Missing teeth can be the result of an injury, accident, disease and even decay so until Mountain View, CA dental implant specialist, Dr. McEvoy, does a complete evaluation, it won’t be known whether this is the best solution for your situation.

Will my advanced age be an issue?

Senior citizens are showing more interest these days in getting dental implants but wonder if their advanced age will be a determining factor in whether dental implants will be an option. The truth is that their overall health is of more concern to their dentist. Usually if someone is healthy enough to handle a tooth extraction, they should be able to handle dental implants. There are some chronic diseases that don’t bode well for the patient receiving implants so of course one must seek the advice of their dentist and other health professionals.

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Why would dental implants be any better than dentures or a bridge?

Your facial structure will improve - Dental implants are the best option, all things being equal, if you’re concerned about your appearance. When someone loses a tooth, root and all, their jawbone is going to start shrinking and this just makes you look older.  A dental implant will stop the bone loss and that won’t happen with dentures or a dental bridge.

Healthier option for remaining natural teeth – When you have a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, the teeth next to the missing tooth need to be ground down to anchor the bridge. With a dental implant this is not necessary so your remaining natural teeth are left intact.

Dental Implants are permanent – The dental implant is solidly in place, just like a natural tooth. There are no loose parts and nothing to adjust once they’re in place. They normally last the recipient the rest of their life.

Will dental implants change my life?

The end result of the replacement tooth anchored by a dental implant will seem just like your own natural tooth. You’ll be able to eat whatever you want and drink hot and cold beverages alike. Because they bring about such an improvement in quality of life and appearance they usually come with a huge boost in confidence. Those who have had dental problems, missing or decayed teeth, have usually been embarrassed by this. Now, with beautiful new dental implants and natural looking replacements they feel they have a whole new lease on life.

Will my replacement teeth look normal?

They will resemble your natural teeth more than you can imagine. When done properly dental implants combined with good restorative dental practices will result in a younger appearance, be very comfortable and function very normally.

illustration of a dental implant showing all the partsWill I be able to chew normally once I have dental implants?

You will absolutely be able to chew with the same pressure that you have always used once you recover from the procedure and spend a brief period of time adapting to the new tooth.

How long is the whole process of getting dental plants going to take?

There is a new cutting-edge surgical technique that dentists are using when placing dental implants that allow the procedure to be done in just one visit. It’s called “keyhole surgery” and is more simplified than previous methods. It’s a guided surgical procedure which is requires less invasive manipulation of your soft tissue, reducing the time for healing and causing less discomfort.

Using the traditional surgical procedure it takes three to six months to complete the entire process. Once the dentist places the implant it can take that long to heal and fuse with the bone. In the meantime patients wear a temporary prosthesis while they wait for their permanent replacement.

Dr. McEvoy will help you determine which procedure for dental implants in Mountain View, CA is best for you. Your general health, dental health, how many teeth are missing etc. are all factors which will be taken into consideration. Once you have a full evaluation, your options will be laid out for you and the number of visits to the dentist will become apparent.

Is this going to be very painful?

As with any surgical procedure there is going to be a certain amount of pain and discomfort when having dental implant surgery. Factors that influence this are the number of implants being placed, your health and the kind of sedation or anesthesia you opt for. For any pain that may occur after the procedure you dentist can prescribe the necessary pain medication. Many patients report that they were surprisingly comfortable during and after having their   procedures. 

Will I feel okay after the procedure?

As with any normal out-patient surgery there will be some swelling and bruising in and around the gum area. An ordinary painkiller usually takes care of the discomfort and you should be able to go to work the following day.

How are dental implants maintained?

You will take care of your new tooth or teeth just as you do your natural teeth. Brush and floss daily and visit your dentist every six months or more often if your dentist recommends.

Mountain View Dental Implants - Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants.  The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

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