Dr. Jason Baldwin offers dental implants to replace missing teeth with the most natural looking and functioning results when compared to traditional options such as dental bridges and dentures. Dental implants offer key benefits for both oral and overall health and restore normal chewing ability. Dr. Baldwin has extensive training and experience addressing lost teeth and offers patients the benefit of a comprehensive, personalized approach to their care to support the best possible outcomes.
What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental implants are considered prosthetic teeth, designed to mimic both the tooth root for healthy bone retention and the missing tooth with a post and custom dental crown.
They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or to permanently secure a denture when all upper or lower teeth are lost.
The implant consists of 3 basic parts: the titanium post, a dental crown and an abutment that connects them. Dental implants can be placed without having to reduce the integrity of neighboring teeth as they are an independent restoration. This is another key benefit for your overall dental health.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Whether you are receiving a single dental implant or several implants to secure a denture, the process will begin with the surgical implantation of a tiny titanium post into the jaw bone. Dr. Baldwin may coordinate with a local oral surgeon for this phase of the procedure.
After a period of 3-6 months for complete healing, Dr. Baldwin will attach a custom dental crown, bridge or denture for a secure new smile.
Dental implants may require a larger commitment of time and dental care upfront, but there is no need for the daily adhesive as is required with more traditional options and the results will function much like your natural teeth. The benefits of dental implants include:
- Improved bone and gum health (compared to alternative restorations)
- Avoids degradation of healthy teeth (as in conventional bridgework)
- Improves the appearance of the smile and lower face
- Patients can enjoy a healthy diet without restrictions
- No worry of slippage or dentures “falling out”
Dr. Baldwin will thoroughly evaluate your dental health, discuss your concerns and goals and create a personalized treatment plan to restore a functional, healthy new smile. Dental implants can allow you to maintain a more youthful profile with improved jaw bone retention when compared to traditional treatment options. They also allow for a varied, healthy diet and normal speech patterns- both important aspects of your daily quality of life.
i-CAT® Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging System
The Cone Beam CT Scanner evaluates and analyzes high-priority anatomy for implanted restorations and oral surgery in less than 15 minutes – without leaving our facility.
In fact, there aren’t very many doctors around Tahoe and Reno that have a Cone Beam CT Scanner in the office. Some doctors have to send their dental implant patients to a specialist’s office for the scan, or, surprisingly, others think they can perform oral surgery without the must-have scans. If you are considering getting dental implants anywhere else but here, be sure to ask about the Cone Beam CT Scanner and whether or not it is part of that dental practice’s surgical standard procedures.
The CAT Scan produces precision, cross-sectional slides of any needed area in the upper or lower jaws. This provides immediate, exact structural details of your occlusal system, including dimensions and locations for the patient’s unique dental implant procedure. This complex tool gives assurance that the doctor has the most detailed data that is accessible that affects your surgical needs.
The Cone Beam CT Scanner also captures three-dimensional viewpoints which assist us in determining if bone grafting or sinus lifts are necessary in spots where there is not enough bone mass in which to place dental implants. The CAT Scan also pinpoints optimal implant treatment and placement. The CAT Scan also contributes to the picking out of the best implant brand, size, jaw location, and positioning angles, before your implant surgery.
The Cone Beam CT Scanner is also utilized in zeroing in on the exact positions of the current teeth to allow Dr. Baldwin to accurately plan for the dental implants’ integration into the alveolar bone, their location relative to neighboring teeth, and their distance from vital structures such as the nerve canal, sinus walls, and cortical borders.
Dental Implant FAQs
How painful is a dental implant?
For many patients, there is little to no pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. By using local anesthetic, many patients are comfortable through the procedure and report less pain than a tooth extraction.
How should I prepare for dental implants?
You can prepare for your dental implant surgery by rinsing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash, eliminating germs and preventing infection. Make sure to take any antibiotics prescribed to you leading up to the procedure. It also helps to eat a good breakfast before your appointment, unless you are using IV sedation.
Will I be sedated for dental implants?
For most normal dental implant procedures, you will most likely not require full sedation through general anesthesia. If your procedure is more complex, your dentist can recommend general anesthetic. This is judged on a case by case basis, and in most standard procedures using local anesthetic will be sufficient.
How long after dental implants can I eat normally?
Once the anesthesia wears off from your procedure, you will most likely not have to wait long to eat. Within a couple of hours following your appointment, you will most likely be able to start eating soft foods.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, Dr. Baldwin provides consultations for dental implants in the Lake Tahoe, CA and Truckee, CA area. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.