Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots placed directly into the jawbone following tooth loss. In the months following dental implant placement, the implants and the jawbone become fused, essentially making the implant part of your anatomy. After healing is complete, the implants are restored with a custom crown, bridge, or denture that looks and feels like your own natural teeth.
Dr. Joe Armel performs every step of dental implant surgery and restoration in-office. You can expect excellent results when one dentist oversees every stage of an extensive procedure like dental implant placement. As a fellow and diplomate of implant dentistry who undergoes extensive continuing education at University of the Pacific, Dr. Armel is an authority in this area of dentistry. To learn more about dental implants, contact our Marin County, CA-area practice and schedule a consultation.
Experience You Can Trust
Dr. Armel is a diplomate of both the American Society of Osseointegration and the International Congress of Oral Implantology. Additionally, he is a fellow of the American College of Oral Implantology and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Candidates for Dental Implants
If you are in good general health, do not have gum disease, and have missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implant treatment. Non-smokers make the best candidates, since nicotine compromises the ability of the bones to heal.
In the prolonged absence of tooth roots, the jawbone will begin to shrink. If you have experienced some jaw atrophy, a bone graft can restore the jaw, creating an adequate base for implants. Dr. Armel is experienced in bone grafting and guided tissue regeneration. Mini implants are another option for patients with limited bone mass. Smaller in diameter than traditional implants, mini implants are inserted at specific angles to make the most of a patient's available bone tissue.
Some patients' sinuses lay too close to an ideal surgical site on the upper jaw. In this case, Dr. Armel can perform a sinus lift, a process of augmenting the upper jaw and gently repositioning the soft tissues of the sinuses to avoid interference.
About the Surgical Procedure
Dental implant treatment typically requires two surgeries. First, the titanium implant is surgically inserted within the jawbone. A healing period of several months follows; during this time, the post fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once the implants have integrated with the jawbone - usually after three to six months - the dentist uncovers the post and attaches an abutment during a second surgery. The abutment is the hardware that connects the implant to the final restoration. During the next few weeks, the gums heal around the abutment. In the final step, the new crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the abutment.
We work with a few outstanding labs including Dental Masters, a nationally recognized dental laboratory known for its high-quality dentures, crowns, and bridges. In some cases, temporary abutments can build the tooth right on top of the implant in the same appointment. Dr. Armel can also extract molars and replace them with implants in a single appointment using the Keystone MAX Dental Implant System.
If you already wear a traditional denture, and would like to have dental implants, we can modify your current denture to fit your implants following surgery.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have multiple benefits. Firmly anchored by one or more implants, your dental restoration will never slip out of place. You will be able to speak normally and eat any kind of food that you enjoyed with your natural teeth. Implants are also the only restorative dentistry treatment that can prevent the bone atrophy that follows tooth loss. Implants help retain jawbone mass by stimulating the jaw tissue when you bite and chew. This prompts the body to continue to send nutrients to the area. Without a doubt, dental implants are the very best means of tooth replacement.
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