Complementary Implant Consultations in Mountain View
We offer free, no-commitment consultations for patients who wish to explore dental implants as an option for tooth replacement. If you’re missing one or more of your teeth in Mountain View, our team is here to help! With dental implants from Peninsula Dental Excellence, you can permanently restore your smile and your bite. If you’re in Mountain View, give us a call at (650) 968-9186 to schedule your free consultation with one of our skilled dentists and see if dental implants may be the right choice for you!
Why Choose Implants?
Unique Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the longest-lasting and most durable method of restoring missing teeth as they can easily last 30+ years or more. They require no special care beyond proper oral hygiene (regular brushing and flossing) and routine preventive exams. Implants are made of titanium, which has the unique ability to bond with your natural oral tissues through a process called osseointegration. Because of this, implants will never loosen, shift, or move.
When you lose a tooth, the pressure that it once exerted into your jaw bone is no longer there. Without this stimulation, your bone will begin to deteriorate, changing your bone structure and weakening your bite. With a dental implant, this issue can be prevented. Functioning as an artificial tooth root, implants provide the pressure that stimulates the bone tissue and prevents resorption.
Common Types of Dental Implants
At Peninsula Dental Excellence, we offer single-tooth implants, mini implants, and full arch dental implants.
- Single-tooth dental implants consist of a single dental implant and a dental crown. The implant is small, screw-shaped, and will function as an artificial tooth root one it heals. It will then be used to hold the restoration (dental crown) securely in place. The dental crown acts as a false tooth, and is attached to the implant to restore your smile and your bite.
- Mini implants, which are very small and narrow, are a subset of endosteal implants. They do the same thing as single-tooth implants, but are built to be minimally-invasive. When used to support dentures, mini implants can often be “loaded” with the implant-supported denture on the same day that they are surgically placed.
- If you are missing the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth, a series of dental implants, known as full-arch dentures, can be used to support a permanent, fixed dental bridge or a removable implant-supported denture. Unlike dentures, full-arch dental implants are secure, stable, and help you maintain the health of your jaw bone.
What to Expect
The Placement and Restoration Process
During the first phase of implant treatment (the restoration process), one of our dentists will create a small opening in your gums and jaw. Then, the implant will be placed in the proper position and the area will be sutured shut. If you are having multiple implants placed, this process will be repeated.
It takes 3-6 months for your implant to completely heal and osseointegrate. If you’re receiving full arch implants, you’ll wear a temporary bridge or denture during this time. While you heal, your doctor will work with a dental lab to create your implant-supported restoration, such as a crown or implant-supported bridge or denture
Once your mouth has healed completely and we have received your custom restoration from the lab, you’ll come back in for your final appointment. Your prosthetic tooth will be checked to ensure a perfect, seamless fit and it will be bonded permanently into place, completing the implant restoration process.
Restore and Strengthen Your Smile
Dental Implants at Peninsula Dental Excellence
If you are missing one or more teeth and have a healthy jaw, dental implants from Peninsula Dental Excellence may be the right restorative option for you! Give us a call at (650) 968-9186 to see if you might be a good candidate. If you are located in the Mountain View area, feel free to stop by our office at 1704 Miramonte Avenue, Suite 4, Mountain View, California 94040.
What to expect from your treatment
The dental implant process
The dental implant process can vary quite a bit based on your oral health, the type of implants you are receiving, and a number of other factors. However, we’ve put together a basic overview of what you can expect from dental implant treatment below.
First, you’ll come into Peninsula Dental Excellence for a consultation with Dr. Colin Au. At this appointment, Dr. Au will take x-rays and images of your teeth and jaw, and determine if a dental implant is right for you.
If you’re approved, he will begin creating your dental implant placement plan. At your next appointment, your implant will be placed directly into your gum and jaw tissue. Dr. Au will clean and numb the treatment area, place your implant, then disinfect and stitch the area shut to ensure that it heals properly.
Next, you will go home to heal and recover. Dr. Au will give you instructions on how to care for your implant as it heals, and it should only take about 2 weeks for it to heal completely. However, your implant will need to continue to bond (osseointegrate) with your jaw bone for about 3-6 months to ensure that it’s permanently locked in place.
While you heal, you will come into our office for a few follow-up appointments with Dr. Colin Au. He will check your progress, and take some impressions and images of your teeth. This information will be sent to a dental lab, where your implant-supported restoration will be made. Depending on your case, this restoration may be a crown, a dental bridge, or a set of implant-supported dentures.
Once your mouth has fully healed and your jaw bone has bonded with your dental implant, you’ll come in for an appointment to have an abutment placed. This abutment will connect your implant to your implant-supported restoration.
Finally, you’ll come in for your last appointment at Peninsula Dental Excellence. Dr. Au will check your implant-supported restoration, ensure it fits properly, then bond it into place. This completes the procedure, so you’ll be sent home to enjoy your brand new smile!
Caring for your dental implants
what you need to know
Single-tooth implants do not require any special care. They consist of a single dental crown attached to an implant, and they can be treated just like a natural tooth. Continue brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes, floss once a day, and see Dr. Au for a six-month oral exam and teeth cleaning.
Other types of dental implant restorations are a little bit harder to care for. If you have a fixed bridge or fixed implant-supported dentures, you will need to use special tools like interdental brushes to remove food, bacteria, and plaque from between your implants and gums. Dr. Au will provide you with more information on caring for these restorations during the treatment process.
Removable implant-supported dentures should be treated similarly to traditional dentures. You’ll remove them at night and soak them in a cleaning solution, rinse and clean them whenever you eat, and brush your implants and gums regularly to keep them healthy.