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- Best dental care for patients with missing teeth.
- Top rated for corrective dental services.
- Highly reviewed by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.
- Customer reviews have described our office as “amazing” and “highly recommend.”
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- We are a local provider of dental implants and other correctives dental services.
- Our services are affordable and competitive.
- We are a “no insurance required” dental office.
- Quotes on dental implants can be provided with a consultation as conditions and treatments vary by individual.
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What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are frames or metal posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, we are able to mount replacement teeth onto them, fully appearing as natural teeth.
Why Should You Consider Dental Implants?
To receive dental implants, you will need to have healthy gums and adequate bone in order to support the implant. You must also be willing to commit to keeping gums and bones healthy. Excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits are absolutely required in order to achieve long-term success.
Restoring Missing Teeth
There are two types of implants that can restore a missing tooth: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal implants are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. When the surrounding gum tissue heals, a second surgery is necessary in order to connect a post to the original implant. Then, an artificial tooth is attached to the post or grouped on a bridge or denture.
Subperiosteal implants involve a metal frame being fitted onto the jawbone (right below the gum tissue). As the gums heal, the frame is fixed onto the jawbone. Posts extend through the gums. With endosteal implants, artificial teeth are mounted to the posts individually.
While both methods can be costly, the implants fully replace natural teeth and provide a permanent solution to missing teeth. We ensure full stability and comfort with each placement.
The Implant Process
Dental implant surgery is generally an outpatient surgery that is performed in stages.
First, your damaged tooth will need to be removed. Then, your jawbone is prepared for the process known as bone grafting. Bone grafting is required if your jawbone isn’t thick or soft enough. Once the jawbone heals, an oral surgeon will place the dental implant into your jawbone. Next is the healing process, which can take several months. After the tissue heals, a mold of your teeth and jawbone is taken. While the entire process can take months from beginning to end, the healing time of your jaw is the most significant aspect of the success of this detailed procedure.
Learn More About Dental Implants
With a professional diagnosis, our dentist can examine the condition of your teeth and recommend whether dental implants are the best option for you. If you currently have partial dentures, you may want to further explore this permanent solution. Connect with us today to learn more!
The Role of a General Dentist
General dentists are the primary providers of dental care to people of all ages. During a routine exam with your family dentist, you will receive a thorough examination of your mouth. This includes teeth, gums, and other structures of the mouth. Many times, a professional cleaning will be recommended. Your dentist will also have a conversation about your overall health and how it relates to dental care. If your exam reveals the presence of tooth decay, you will likely have a tooth filling done on the affected tooth. These types of procedures are common services that dentists provide, but they also provide so much more! A general dentist is also your main provider of cosmetic and restorative oral services.
What Services Can I Receive From a General Dentist?
In addition to providing routine exams, a general dentist performs the following services:
- Preventative Care: Preventative care includes maintaining healthy teeth and gums through regular exams. Dentists often use a diagnostic image (X-ray) of your mouth to receive further details. Your dentist will also recommend home treatments such as flossing, using mouthwash, and perhaps even the use of a mouthguard.
- Cosmetic: For some people, white teeth are not possible with brushing alone. But with the help of a general dentist, your goal of sparkling white teeth can be achieved. Other cosmetic procedures include porcelain veneers, which fix the loss of tooth enamel, discoloration or a chipped tooth.
- Restorative Services: The most common restorative services include fillings for infected teeth and removing tooth decay. As soon as your dentist sees an issue, a plan to treat it will be recommended. Other services include crowns, bridgework, root canals, orthodontics, and dental implants.
What Qualifications and Certifications Should I Look For in a Dentist?
Upon completing an undergraduate degree at an accredited dental school, individuals seeking to enter the field of general dentistry must fulfill additional requirements including testing for state licensing boards. You will often notice the initials after a dentist’s name. Some have the initials DMD, which stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine, while others have DDS, Doctor of Dental Surgery. The difference between the two is the title used on their dental school degree. However, the education, as well as training, is almost exactly the same.
In addition to their standard training, some dentists will receive training in specialized areas such as cosmetic procedures, implant placement, and other oral-related care procedures.
How Often Should I See My Dentist?
The simple answer is every six months. The real answer: it depends on your unique condition. If you experience a toothache or bleeding gums, you should see a dentist soon. These two initial signs are typically indicators of deeper problems.
For cosmetic procedures, patients are encouraged to discuss their goals with their primary dentist in order to create a proper course of action. In terms of routine dental appointments, there isn’t one schedule that fits everyone. The important item to remember is to keep up with the recommended schedule from your dentist. Preventive treatments from your dentist along with good oral hygiene practices at home are the two best ways to keep your mouth, gums, and teeth in their best shape.
At Ricardo Chavez, DDS, We Provide the Following Services:
- Cleaning and Exams
- Root Canals
- Dental Crowns and Bridges
- Teeth Whitening
- Dental Emergencies
General Dentistry With a Purpose
The services we provide are designed to diagnose, treat, and prevent issues with your teeth, gums, and entire mouth. Seeing your dentist as often as necessary can make a difference when it comes to health reasons and your own personal goals. The purpose of general dentistry is to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and you feel comfortable and confident.