Missing teeth can cause severe dental health issues as well as emotional distress. We know that tooth loss can be an intimidating issue to face, but we make it much easier to manage with judgment-free care and beautifully-crafted dental implants. As a member of the International Implant Association, Dr. Muñoz is pursuing a fellowship in implantology to better serve our patients with specialized, high quality care and beautiful results.
Single-tooth implants consist of two parts; the implant itself, and a dental crown. The dental implant is a small piece of titanium that is surgically placed into your gums and jaw where your missing tooth used to be. As the site heals, the implant bonds permanently with your surrounding tissue, essentially acting as an artificial tooth root.
The second part of a single-tooth implant is a dental crown. This crown is made of porcelain and is designed to look and feel just like a natural tooth. After your implant heals, the crown is attached to it permanently to restore your smile and your bite.
Dental implants consist of a two-part system:
Implants are a major advancement in modern dentistry because they permanently replace missing teeth in a way that no previous dental technique could accomplish. Since implants act as artificial tooth roots, patients don’t need to worry about bone degeneration after tooth loss, and implants are often even stronger than natural teeth.
Once you’ve been confirmed as a good candidate for dental implants, impressions and images will be taken of your mouth along with x-rays. These will be used to create your personalized placement plan.
Next, Dr. Munoz will use this plan to strategically place one or more dental implants. Each implant will be placed into your gums and jaw tissue, then the area will be cleaned and sutured shut. You will be given about 3-6 months to heal and during this time, Dr. Munoz will create your implant-supported restoration, such as a crown or set of implant-supported dentures. Once your mouth has healed, you’ll come back in and Dr. Munoz will permanently place your restoration.
It’s normal to experience some pain, discomfort and tenderness of the surgical area after your procedure. Dr. Munoz will give you detailed instructions to follow and ensure that you care for your mouth properly while you recover.
You should be free of most symptoms within a week and your mouth will feel completely normal after about two weeks. However, the process of “osseointegration,” which allows your implants to bond permanently to your jaw bone, takes much longer. It may take between 3-6 months for this process to be completed, which is why the process of receiving a dental implant requires patience.
The cost of your implant procedure depends on a number of factors, including how many implants you need, where in your mouth they will be placed, and whether you need an extraction or other preparatory dental work. To discuss your needs and get an estimate, come in for a consultation with Dr. Muñoz. During your appointment, he will work with you to develop a treatment plan, discuss your budget, and let you know what the cost of your treatment will be.
Since dental implants require sufficient jawbone and healthy gums, Dr. Muñoz will need to assess your oral health to ensure that implants are a good option for you. This assessment includes a comprehensive exam and x-rays. Depending on your dental health, Dr. Muñoz will either approve you for implant surgery, suggest other preparatory work to strengthen your jawbone and gum tissue, or recommend other restorative options for tooth replacement. The best way to find out whether implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation. We can’t wait to meet you and be a part of your journey to a complete, confident smile!
Implant-supported dentures can restore your upper, lower, or both arches of teeth. However, instead of being held in place by friction, these dentures are attached to a series of 4-6 dental implants. This means that implant-supported dentures will not shift or move while you wear them and you’ll have full confidence when you chew, smile, and speak. Implants also help strengthen your jaw bone, which prevents bone loss. In addition, implant-supported dentures tend to look more natural and last longer than traditional dentures.
"I love being able to make a positive impact on my patients’ mood and self image."
– Dr. Muñoz