Dental Implants in Sparks, NV
Safe and Permanent Tooth Restoration
Having one or more missing teeth can damage your self-confidence as well as your oral health. Whether you’re missing one tooth or an entire row of teeth, Northern Nevada Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery offers many treatments to restore your smile. Dr. Galea, is a board-certified oral surgeon and physician, and one of his specialties is implant dentistry to help his patients in Sparks, NV, regain confidence and oral function.
Why Should I Replace My Missing Tooth?
A natural tooth has a root that connects to the jaw bone, providing stimulation during chewing. When a tooth is missing, there is nothing to stimulate the jaw in that area. Over time, this leads to bone deterioration and nearby teeth shifting out of place.
A dental implant is a functional and cosmetic solution. The implant post acts as the root and stimulates the jaw, like a natural tooth. Dental implants are the only tooth restoration option that preserves jaw bone health. Even if you’ve been missing a tooth for many years, you may still be a candidate for dental implants. Patients who have experienced bone loss can receive bone grafts, which help regrow bone to provide a solid foundation for future implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The crown is custom-made to match the shape and size of your other teeth.
Implants fuse to the jaw bone, forming a long-term solution for missing teeth. By caring for it properly, your dental implant can last for many years.
Easy to Care For.
Clean your dental implant just like a natural tooth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. It doesn’t need to be removed during eating and stays in your mouth at all times.
Preserve Jaw Bone.
The implant post fuses to your jaw bone, preventing bone atrophy and keeping the jaw strong.
Types of Dental Implants Offered in Sparks, NV
Dental implants are versatile and the specifications of their use can be modified depending on your oral health needs.
- Single Stage Implants. Dr. Galea can place an implant post into an empty socket as many times as needed throughout the mouth. This does not require a second procedure to uncover the tooth, but does require at least 6 weeks of healing before the final crown is placed.
- Immediate Implants. An implant can be placed the same day as a tooth extraction and therefore minimize the total number of appointments needed.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Traditional bridges require teeth to be ground down to fit the bridge, while dental implants can support a bridge and protect your natural teeth.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Dental implants can support an arch of new teeth by permanently securing a fixed denture.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dr. Galea will take 3D scans of your mouth during your first visit, as well as discuss your anesthesia options and go over your treatment plan. Most implant procedures take 30–60 minutes for a single implant or a few hours for multiple implants.
During your procedure, Dr. Galea will make a small incision in your gum tissue and place the implant post. If you require a bone graft, you will return once it has healed to receive the implant post. The top of the implant may be visible, and the gum tissue may heal over the implant. This is normal, and Dr. Galea will uncover it before you receive your final crown.
You may be given a temporary crown to wear while you heal. Once healed, your restorative dentist will place your final, custom crown.
Cost and Value of Dental Implants
The cost of replacing missing teeth with dental implants varies depending on how many you need, your choice of anesthesia, your insurance, and if you require additional procedures. We discuss these with you during your consultation so you know exactly what to expect.
Many patients with removable dentures feel embarrassed when they remove their teeth during brushing and eating. Dentures often cause sores due to being poorly fitted, and they must be replaced every 5 years. Like bridges, they do not maintain jaw bone health and can lead to more serious bone replacement surgery down the line to treat bone atrophy associated with tooth loss.
Dental implants stay in your mouth at all times, and most people can’t tell which tooth is an implant and which are natural. They protect your jaw bone and don’t cause oral sores. While dentures may seem cheaper upfront, the cost of more extensive bone repair or tooth restoration down the line can add up. Dental implants have a high success rate and will serve your smile for many years.
Missing Teeth Solutions in Sparks, NV
You can find our Sparks oral surgery office on the northeastern side of town near Vista Blvd and Los Altos Pkwy. We also have an office in Reno, NV. Contact Northern Nevada Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified oral surgeon, Dr. Christopher Galea.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you put to sleep for dental implants?
The complexity of your procedure and your anxiety levels will determine your choice of anesthesia. Many patients experience a comfortable procedure with local anesthesia, while others prefer to sleep through it and wake up when it is over. Dr. Galea will help determine the right option for your needs.
Can dental implants be done in a day?
If there is enough jaw bone to support the implant, we can place a dental implant on the same day as an extraction. Even a full-arch restoration procedure is completed in one surgical appointment to provide you with a completely new, fully functioning smile.
Who is not a candidate for dental implants?
If you are healthy enough to undergo general surgery, you are likely healthy enough to receive a dental implant. Patients with suppressed immune systems or bone deficiencies may not be candidates. Discuss these with your oral surgeon during the consultation appointment to see if you qualify for dental implants.
How painful is implant surgery?
You will experience minimal to no discomfort during surgery. Our office offers many types of anesthesia to keep you comfortable and at ease. During recovery, manage pain and swelling with over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs. Follow the instructions provided by our office closely. These will contain information about diet recommendations, physical activity, and how to practice good oral hygiene to keep your surgical site clean.
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