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Dental Implants

People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can't keep up. If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, the cost of dental implants from Napa cosmetic dentist Daniel M Capponi, DDS is well worth the investment as dental implants rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.  Call his Napa dental office at (707) 219-8940 today!

An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium (the same material used in many replacement hips and knees), a metal that is well suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.

The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.

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Single or Multiple Implants

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Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.

Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges

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Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don't directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don't compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven (7) to ten (10) years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically outlive you.

Post-Treatment Care

Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.

Implant Services

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Implant services provided by Napa dentist Daniel M Capponi, DDS include:

  • Sinus Lift Augmentation Often the sinuses will enlarge in size following loss of the upper back teeth. This often will preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth since the sinus is an air filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that replaces the sinus cavity into its original position and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine (9) to twelve (12) months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.

  • Autogenous Bone Grafting Occasionally, areas where dental implants are to ideally be placed do not have sufficient bone quantity to predictably place the dental implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to "borrow" bone from another area of your mouth to graft into the deficient area. Often the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.

  • Implant Site Development When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone from around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.

  • Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning Napa dentist Daniel M Capponi, DDS has special computer software that allows for the evaluation of your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location for the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows Daniel M Capponi, DDS to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned.

  • Implant Maintenance Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.

Napa dentist Daniel M Capponi, DDS and his Napa dental team are ready to assist you with any of the above.  Please call (707) 219-8940 to schedule your next dental appointment.

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