Dental Implants

South Coast Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Newport Beach, CA

Losing one or more teeth can affect your facial structure and the future of your oral health. Instead of keeping the gaps vacant and leaving your remaining teeth prone to drifting and damage, Wally Bashawaty, DDS, and his team at South Coast Dental in Newport Beach, California, can place durable dental implants into your jaw and craft custom crowns or dentures to securely attach to them. To reserve your consultation for dental implants, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are screw-like devices that an on-staff periodontist at South Coast Dental places into your jaw bone. The cylindrical device of a dental implant acts like the natural root of your tooth, which anchors it in place naturally. 

When you lose one or multiple teeth, dental implants are the most permanent option for tooth replacement. They allow you to use your new teeth just as you would your original teeth to bite, chew, and speak. Dental implants can support:

  • A single crown
  • Partial dentures
  • Full dentures

Dr. Bashawaty and the team craft your false teeth according to their original shape, size, and color. When you wear your crown or dentures, others won’t know that you have implants at all.

What are dental implants made of?

Traditional implants are made of titanium, a metal that fuses easily with bone. The dental implants provided at South Coast Dental are made of zirconia, a type of nonmetal crystal that is also highly durable and biocompatible. Zirconia is hypoallergenic and resistant to erosion.

Additionally, zirconia implants are similar in color to your teeth and ceramic crowns. That means you won’t see a dark line from the implant along the gum line of your crown or denture device.

How are dental implants placed?

Getting zirconia dental implants requires two main steps: implant surgery and crown placement. Before the process begins, the team uses a CT scan to see under your gum line and plan a precise surgery. 

During the procedure, your periodontist makes an incision in your gums to access the bone in your jaw. They remove any remaining part of your original tooth before screwing the implant into the bone below. After step one of the process is complete, you must wait several weeks as the implant integrates with your bone and becomes sturdy enough to support your prosthetic. If you’re getting full or partial implant-supported dentures, you’ll need two or more implants.

The team takes impressions of your mouth to use in the design of your crown or denture. Once the prosthetic is ready and the healing process is complete, you return to South Coast Dental for the team to attach the prosthetic to your implant or implants. A dental crown stays on the implant semi-permanently, while full or partial dentures can be removed from your implants at will for easy cleaning and care.

To learn more about dental implants and to find out if you’re a good candidate for them, call South Coast Dental or book an appointment online today.