Dental Implants

Implants at Marconi Dental Group, your general & specialty dentists in Carmichael, CA

Replace your tooth, save your smile

When you have healthy gums and bone but only need to replace an entire tooth or a couple more, Dental Implants are the best answer.

Implants will help preserve your gums, jawbone, the shape of your face, and the position of the remaining teeth while solving the problem of having lost your tooth or teeth.

How do Dental Implants work?

A metal anchor is implanted in the jaw for each missing tooth. While the metal anchor is being placed, you get to sleep through the whole thing! No need to sweat, just sit back and relax.

The implant is then crowned with an artificial tooth, becoming a permanent and comfortable part of your mouth. 

To ensure the replacement tooth is stable, the anchor must fuse to the bone. This process can take up from 3 to 6 months, but this time is essential for making the implant completely secure.

Dental Implants and dentures at Marconi Dental Group
Dental Implants on molars

Let our skilled and compassionate team at Marconi Dental Group advise you on the benefits of dental implants.

You can’t get back the teeth you were born with, but you can get excellent replacements for the ones you have lost. Come in for an office visit and we can discuss if you are a candidate for this procedure to restore your confidence and your smile.

What to expect?

You need Comprehesive Treatment

It is important to know that getting a “implant” is a process that requires various steps to complete. Typically, a dental office isn’t equipped to carry out a full dental implant procedure due to limited equipment.

However, our Sacramento Marconi Dentists are able to place and restore your FULL dental implants in one convenient location. 

It Doesn't Hurt to get implants

Implanting a tooth into the space of the one that you just lost may seem a bit daunting and painful but this isn’t the case. 

Like any other dental procedure or surgery, are are around the implant site will be numbed by us so that you don’t feel any discomfort or pain. You can even request sedation to keep you as comfortable as possible.

Insurance may cover your Dental Implants

Dental implants aren’t nearly as expensive as they used to be. More recently we’re finding them to be a cost efficient solution for replacing missing teeth. 

 In fact, many insurance plans are starting to cover at least a portion of the implant process. Plus, your implant restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, can also be applied to your insurance plan benefits.

Innovative technolgy

In the past, technology for dental implant placement was limited. Since then, implant design and placement techniques have evolved. 

At Marconi Dental Group, we can provide comprehensive implant treatments to people that may need bone grafts, sinus lifts, or have previously been told they weren’t candidates for implants.

Contact us to see if you can get dental implants.

A Full Breakdown Of Dental Implants

Healthy teeth are the foundation of good oral health and allow you to speak, eat, and socialize without discomfort, pain, or embarrassment. Tragically, our teeth don’t last forever!

On average, by age 50, American adults are missing about 12 teeth.

Missing teeth tend to get more common as you get older, but that certainly doesn’t mean you’re immune to tooth loss when you’re younger.

So, what happens when your teeth are knocked out? Or suffer tooth loss because of decay or some other reason? Tooth loss is a severe dental condition that affects every aspect of your life. Things you once did and enjoyed without thinking much of, such as speaking and eating, suddenly become a significant challenge. When your mouth suffers, so does your smile.

Fortunately, there are several dental options available to restore missing teeth and your quality of life. At Marconi Dental Group, we offer dental implants for your tooth replacement needs. Dental implants are the top-tier tooth replacement option for individuals with serious tooth problems such as missing or broken teeth and have a tremendous benefit in restoring your smile, bite, and confidence.

Are you worried about missing teeth or protecting against missing teeth? Contact your nearest Marconi Dental team.

Table of Contents

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are screw-like pieces of titanium or titanium alloy or other material such as zirconia that are used to serve as artificial replacements for natural tooth roots. By attaching a dental implant where your missing tooth’s roots were, it serves as an anchor for holding a custom-made artificial tooth or dental crown in place. Over time, the implant attaches to the jawbone and gum tissue, helping it hold in place.

Dental implants are often used to provide a stable base for non-removable tooth replacements such as dental crowns; however, they can also be used to anchor conventional bridges and dentures so they don’t fall out.

Why Might You Need To Get A Dental Implant

If you’re looking to replace damaged, unhealthy, or missing teeth, dental implants might be an excellent option if you:

  • Don’t have gum disease
  • Have a healthy and fully grown jawbone
  • Don’t have conditions that affect bone healing
  • Are a non-smoker

Dental ImplantsTypically, dental procedures such as teeth whitening may be a ‘one size fits all,’ however, this is certainly not the case with dental implants. While dental implants are the most natural-looking, comfortable, and durable restoration option, they aren’t suited for everyone. For instance, dental implants are not suited for kids whose facial bone structure is still developing. Implant surgery is also not recommended for smokers or individuals who take immunosuppressive drugs or have uncontrolled diabetes, have just undergone neck or head radiation therapy, or are nighttime teeth grinders.

People who lack sufficient jaw bone to support the dental implant may need a bone graft. During your consultation, your dentist can assess your medical history and discuss whether a dental implant procedure is a suitable option for you. If all looks well, you can look forward to a healthy and radiant smile.

The Typical Procedure For A Dental Implant

A dental implant procedure is completed through a series of minor procedures and tests, and you need to heal from each one before your dentist can move on to the next. Patients should expect that the dental implant procedure can take up to 6 months from the first to end.

When all circumstances are ideal, you can even have an implant procedure immediately after non-restorable tooth extraction. Below are the steps patients can expect to undergo for their dental implant procedure:

Dental Exam

X-ray radiation in dental procedures is discussed by the Carmichael dentists at the Marconi Dental Group.The first stage will usually be a dental exam. Before the dental implant surgery, your dentist will need to conduct a thorough exam. X-rays and 3D imaging using a CT scan are done to give the specialist a clear picture of your dental health and where to place the implant.

Tooth/Teeth Removal

If a damaged or unhealthy tooth is present, then the next step is the extraction/removal of the tooth. If there is no damaged tooth, the gum is sliced and folded back to allow the bone to be drilled to receive the dental implant.

Bone Graft (If you have insufficient bone)

If the initial exam shows that you have an inadequate bone to receive and support the implant, your dentist will perform a bone graft.

Insertion Of Implant

After the bone graft heals, or if you have sufficient bone to support the implant(s), your dentist drills into the jawbone to fit the implant into place, and a screw is added to prevent debris from entering. It will take about three to six or eight months for you to heal and the artificial implant to fuse with your jawbone, during which time the bone grows around the artificial dental implant
– a process referred to as osseointegration.

Artificial Crown Inserted

In the final step, once the implant is stable and your gum has healed, the new implant acts as the base for the new tooth. A crown is made to suit your natural teeth, considering things like color, shape, and size. Once completed, the artificial crown is cemented or screwed in place, and you can enjoy your new gorgeous smile!

IMPORTANT: The procedure for your dental implant will be determined by many factors, including the number of replacement teeth required and the type of implant you are receiving.

Treatment options for dental implants include:

  • Single tooth replacement with a dental implant
  • Multiple tooth replacements with dental implants
  • Immediate dental implants
  • Implant retained dentures
  • Full arch tooth replacement with complete implant replacements
  • Bone and soft tissue grafting
  • Multidisciplinary care for complex cases

What Can Patients Expect After A Dental Implant Procedure?

Dental ImplantsAfter any of the minor operations, you can expect to be sore for a few days. You might also experience pain and swelling of the gums and face. Take pain medication as instructed by your dentist and use ice to reduce swelling.

You may also have some bleeding during the first 24 hours after the implant procedure, but you use a gauze pad to keep it down.

While no special care is needed after a dental implant procedure, you will need to take good care of yourself to speed up the recovery process and allow you to return to your daily life as soon as possible. Things you can do include:

  • Follow the right diet: You will need to steer clear of hard or crunchy foods until all operations are complete and your new artificial crown is securely in place. Hard, crusty, or crunchy foods can put too much strain on your jaw after the dental implant procedure, so you should stick to soft foods and liquids for several days.
  • Manage pain, swelling, bruising, and bleeding as instructed by your dentist.
  • Keep the surgical area clean.
  • Once the dental implant has healed, practice good oral hygiene just like you would for your natural teeth.

4 Types Of Dental Implants

For would-be dental implant candidates, there are several options when it comes to implants, and the best type of dental implant depends on your individual case:

Endosseous Implants

These implants are typically shaped like screws or cylinders, made of metal (e.g., titanium or titanium alloy), ceramic or ceramic coated (e.g., zirconia), and are drilled within the bone. This type of dental implant is the most popular option; however, the candidate must have sufficient bone depth and width for it to succeed.

Subperiosteal Implants

These implants consist of a metal framework placed on top of the patient’s jawbone but under the gum tissue. A subperiosteal implant is an excellent alternative for patients who do not have deep enough jawbones.

Transosteal Implants

These dental implants are either a U-shaped frame or a metal pin that passes through the patient’s bone and gum tissue into the mouth.

Mini and Short Implants

These implants are exactly what they sound like: smaller, skinnier, or shorter than standard implants. Mini or short implants are an ideal option for candidates where bone density is low. They may also be employed in narrow areas, for front teeth, pre-molars, and small teeth. They are also suitable for securing lower or lose arch dentures.

The Benefits And Risks Of Dental Implants

Not sure if a dental implant procedure is right for you? It’s a great idea to speak with a specialist before taking the leap; however, dental implants have many benefits over traditional false tooth replacement options. For example, implants:

  • Look and feel like natural teeth
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Are permanent and last longer than bridges and dentures
  • Allow proper speech since they don’t slide around like dentures
  • Are sturdier than dentures and bridges making it possible for candidates to enjoy hard foods with no trepidation
  • Boost the patient’s confidence because their oral health is restored and their smile is improved
  • Have no age restrictions on who is a suitable candidate for the procedure
  • Stand independently without any support and are very low maintenance
  • Do not cause wear and tear on surrounding teeth

Dental implants are usually successful. Besides, any problems associated with dental implants are rare and easily treated. Possible complications from the required operations include:

  • Infection
  • Sinus problems (especially with upper jaw implants)
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage or injury to other teeth or blood vessels

Although these complications are rare and usually minor, it is imperative to contact your dentist if you experience any side effects after a dental implant procedure.

The Alternatives To A Dental Implant

Dental implants have a long and successful track record, but patients might consider alternative options once in a while. Common alternatives to dental implants are:

  • Dentures (removable partial or removable complete dentures)
  • All-on4 dental implants
  • Dental bridges (e.g., tooth-supported dental bridge and resin bonded or Maryland bridge)

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Cost Of A Dental Implant Procedure?

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Being the premier tooth replacement option for broken, damaged, or missing teeth, a dental implant procedure can be expensive. Dental implant procedures can be pretty expensive and can range from $3,000 to $4,500 a tooth. For implants for an entire mouthful, the cost can range from $60,000 to $90,000.

The cost of implants varies greatly depending on many factors, from the number of additional procedures needed to the type of implant you choose. Following your initial consultation to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment and the type of implant and procedures required, our professionals will provide you with a transparent treatment plan estimate.

Is The Dental Implant Procedure Painful?

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Some dental implant procedures can be painful, but no more so than a typical root canal. Usually, you are given local anesthesia, so you are awake during the procedure and sometimes a mild sedative. Whichever method is used, pain during the procedure is minimal to none.

However, immediately after a dental implant procedure, you can expect mild pain and discomfort for a couple of days.

How Long Does the Dental Implant Treatment Take?

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The duration of a dental implant procedure is approximately 1-2 hours. After the dental implant surgery, the duration of the treatment is determined by the healing period of the patient’s jawbones and the complexity of the procedures.

The typical time for the single-tooth replacement is 3 to 6 months – from your initial dental implant consultation to returning home with your new replacement teeth. But each case is different. In some cases, it may take longer.

How Many Operations Does It Take To Have A Dental Implant Procedure?

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Typically, only one surgery is required to place a dental implant following extraction of the tooth. However, additional operations such as a bone graft may be necessary, depending on the complexity of the procedure.

What Is The Estimated Recovery Time For Dental Implants?

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The recovery time for a dental implant will vary depending on many factors. These include your overall medical history, the condition of your jaw bone, restoration needs, and the exact type of method and implant used. Depending on the factors mentioned above, it can take a couple of days or weeks to feel back to normal. The complete healing of your gum tissue and jawbone after a dental implant takes about 3 to 6 months.

Is It Possible To Perform A Full Dental Implant Procedure In One Day?

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Yes. It is possible to have your tooth removed, place an implant and an artificial crown on the same day. However, the jaw bone, gum tissues, and patient need to be suitable for this type of treatment. It’s important to note that performing a complete dental procedure in one day does carry additional risks.

What If I Don’t Get A Dental Implant?

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If you avoid treatment or delay replacing damaged or missing teeth, the chances are you will experience bone loss. Bone loss can impact your oral health, bite, and smile.

How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?

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If properly affixed, cared for, and with regular dental checkups, your dental implants should last 25 years or even a lifetime, making dental implants a worthwhile investment.

It’s important to be prepared before your upcoming dental implant procedure. The more you know about dental implants, the calmer you’ll feel during the procedure. A consultation with the team at the Marconi Dental Group is the easiest way to learn about dental implants. Contact us or visit us to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.