Patients receive dental implants for many reasons including severe tooth decay, damage to teeth beneath the surface of the gums, and any facial trauma that requires a tooth extraction or knocks teeth out of place. At MOSA Oral Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, we provide a wide variety of restorative solutions and believe that dental implants are the best option for maintaining the long-term health of the mouth. Whether a patient has lost a single tooth, multiple teeth, or needs to restore a full arch of teeth, advances in implant dentistry allow us to address a wide variety of restorative needs.
Dr. Michael Lewis and Dr. Ryan Lloyd place dental implants routinely in our practice, and we love to see our patients return to normal oral function and smile with confidence after treatment. Our convenient office in Salinas, CA, treats patients of all ages and from all over Monterey County. Patients interested in implants should schedule an appointment for an initial consultation with our team. We will review all options for tooth restoration and develop a treatment plan for optimal long-term results.
Dental Implant Benefits
A dental implant is a small titanium post that fully restores a missing tooth. Its unique three-part design provides patients with a host of positive improvements. The implant post replaces the missing tooth root and provides a secure foundation for the new crown. The crown is custom designed to blend with the rest of the natural teeth and connects to the post via the abutment. Dental implants are the best solution for restoring missing, damaged, or decaying teeth. Unlike other treatment options, patients enjoy all the following benefits after restoration.
- Increased jaw bone health
- A natural-looking, confident smile
- Eating and drinking without complications
- When properly cared for, a long-term, permanent solution
Dental implants are a fantastic choice for patients looking for a permanent option without removable appliances or additional procedures in the future. Restorative options, such as bridges are removable dentures, are temporary and do not stimulate the jaw bone. They also tend to wear down over time, requiring patients to pay to replace their prosthesis and often undergo additional oral health treatments, such a bone grafting.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant placement begins with an initial consultation with Drs. Lewis and Lloyd. During this appointment, we will discuss treatment options and complete an oral examination and any necessary 3D scanning. 3D CT technology allows us to plan implant placement virtually before the procedure and perform the surgery with precision. It also allows the restorative dentist to fabricate the custom crown placed at the final stage of the procedure. We will review the options for anesthesia during the consultation and assist in selecting the best sedative for treatment, taking into consideration the personal preferences of every patient.
The goal of the first surgical procedure is the successfully place the implant posts. If the patient requires an extraction or bone grafting, these additional procedures may occur before or at the same time as implant placement. Each patient’s unique oral health condition will dictate the treatment plan. Following implant placement, patients should expect to undergo a period of healing and allow the implant to integrate firmly with the jaw bone. Once we have confirmed that the post is stable, the restorative dentist can place the final crown and abutment to complete the procedure.
Dental Implants in Salinas, CA
At MOSA Oral Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, we believe that every patient should have the opportunity to smile, speak, and eat with confidence. If you are looking for a solution to restore your missing, damaged, or decaying teeth, Dr. Michael Lewis and Dr. Ryan Lloyd are happy to discuss your options for replacement, including dental implants. Contact our office in Salinas, CA, to speak to a member of our friendly team and schedule your first appointment. We look forward to caring for you in our practice.