Over the last 15 years or so, dental implants have become far and away the best option for replacing a missing tooth or two. They have also given denture wearers security they’ve never had before through implant-supported dentures.
But we sometimes have patients who have their doubts about their viability for dental implants. They are concerned they have too much bone loss in their jawbone. Or they know they can’t afford implants on a large number of missing teeth. Or they worry that a full implant won’t work for their mouth or for the location of the missing tooth.
Here’s some information to help.
A variety of implant options
Dr. Fong is a big proponent of dental implants for both replacement and anchoring of dentures and bridges. He uses these implant options:
- BioHorizons Dental Implants
- Traditional Dental Implants
- Full-Arch Implants
- Mini Implants
- All-on-4 Teeth in a Day
Technology for better placement
Dr. Fong uses 3D imaging for all of the planning that goes into his dental implant placements. This allows him to take advantage of available bone and to avoid vital structures such as nerves. This also enables him to avoid the need for bone grafting in many cases.
He also uses a new technology, known as osseodensification, for implant placement. This allows him to preserve bone mass, rather than removing it to place the implant. This promotes faster healing, resulting in a shorter timeframe to complete your implant treatment. For many patients, the entire process can be completed in as little as 2 months, far shorter than the normal 4-6 months.
He also makes use of platelet-rich plasma when placing implants. After taking a routine blood sample of blood, the blood is placed in a centrifuge and the red blood cells are removed. This leaves highly concentrated blood platelets, white blood cells, and blood plasma. This “platelet-rich plasma” has seven growth factors and amazing healing capabilities. When placing the implant, PRP accelerates and fuels the healing and bone growth processes.
Because we also offer All-on-4 and mini implants, patients who have lost bone mass due to long-term tooth loss usually have options for implant/denture placement, often without the need for any bone grafting.
If you need to replace a tooth, Dr. Fong has various options and state-of-the-art technology to enable you to enjoy the benefits of dental implants. Call us at (714) 549-1903 and schedule a consultation for your tooth replacement today.