UNDERSTAND YOUR OPTIONS – DENTAL IMPLANTS
Replace missing teeth with a beautiful natural-looking set of teeth. You can replace a single tooth or full mouth with dental implants. Best of all, Dr. Matiasevich can get you in a new set of teeth in just one visit.
Dr. Matiasevich is your central coast expert in dental implant treatment. Dr. Matiasevich is a leader in pursing advanced post-doctoral education in his field from the best by traveling all over the world and training with the best clinicians. In addition, he is a Fellow and Graduate of the prestigious California Implant Institute.
The Institute trains a select group of doctors from all over the world in advanced implant dentistry, bone grafting, and surgical techniques. He is also a Fellow of the ICOI, one of the highest international designations for skill in the surgery and restoration of dental implants; the most life-changing treatment that dentistry offers.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed beneath your gums into the bone. After placement, the implant fuses to the bone of your jaw and acts as an artificial tooth root. A dental implant may be used to support a single artificial tooth or several teeth. Because they are firmly anchored to the jaw bone, implant-supported artificial teeth provide the look, feel, stability, and function of natural teeth.
There are essentially three parts to traditional dental implants:
- Dental implant components/Fixture – implant itself that is inserted into the bone
- Abutment – a post that is connected to the implant and then sticks up out of the gum tissue to be used for a crown or bridge
- Implant prosthetic – the actual tooth, teeth or denture that is cemented or screwed onto the top of the abutment to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants truly are the solution for missing teeth. They can replace everything you’ve lost – from a beautiful smile to taste, to the ability to eat whatever you want. The secure fit also helps replacement teeth feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures. Some of the additional benefits include:
- Allows you to speak and laugh naturally
- Helps to keep you looking younger
- Improved quality of life
- Preserves facial structure and helps prevent bone loss
- Your ability to taste may improve
- Prevents adjacent healthy teeth from being cut down
Whether you are missing one tooth or many, dental implants can be used to replace that which you have lost.
WHAT ARE NARROW BODY DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Like regular dental implants narrow body dental implants are made of titanium alloy. They cost significantly less than regular implants. Because narrow body implants are small, they may be suitable for patients without enough jaw bone density to support regular implants.
For denture sufferers who have lost most of the bone in their jaws, narrow body implants provide a solution. Unlike traditional dental implants, which often require a longer healing period and multiple visits, a narrow body implant supported denture often can be place in one visit that takes approximately an hour. The patient leaves the dental office with a solid denture and generally can begin eating the same day.
For more information about dental implants, please visit the following resources:
ICOI (International Congress of Implantologists)
AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry)
AAO (American Academy of Osseointegration)
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If you’d like to know more about how you can improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry, schedule a consultation with us today!