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Dental Implants Walnut Creek CA

Dental Implants Walnut Creek, CA

Mature couple smiling with arms holding each otherWhether you lose one tooth or several, missing teeth can have a significant impact on your life. It can make eating difficult. It can also affect your self confidence. There is something you can do about it.

Traditionally, if you are missing only one tooth or a couple of teeth, a bridge is often given. This solution equips you with prosthetic teeth that are anchored with dental cement to the real teeth around the gaps. In order for them to fit these bridges between your teeth, the anchor teeth must be ground down. These bridges are meant to be permanent, but occasionally they can loosen or even fall out.

Another solution is dental implants.

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants in Walnut Creek, CADental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. They can be used to replace one tooth or many teeth. No matter how many teeth are being replaced, implants are titanium posts that are fused into your jaw. Following tooth loss, your jawbone can deteriorate around where your teeth used to be. In order for fusion to be successful, the bone needs to be in good condition. Provided your jaw is still strong, these implants can be placed without a graft and they can slow and even stop the deterioration. The implants then act as a root to which the new teeth are attached.

Single Tooth

This type of implant is meant for those who are missing only one or a couple of teeth. For each tooth, an implant is drilled and an abutment placed. A new tooth, which looks and acts like a real tooth, is then screwed or cemented to the abutment. Read more about Single Tooth Replacement

Multiple Teeth

When you are missing multiple teeth, Dr. Keith or Dr. Gibbs may choose to create a partial arch of replacement teeth rather than creating several individual teeth. Multiple implants are placed to support this implant supported fixed bridge. Depending on your doctor's evaluation, you could have only a couple of implants placed or you could have one for each individual tooth. Read more about Multiple Tooth Replacement

Fixed Overdentures

In the event that you need to replace your full arch, you could choose to go with fixed overdentures. These new teeth are a permanent solution. Four or more implants are placed, which then support a full arch of teeth that are screwed on, removable only by your prosthodontist. They will only come off for maintenance. Read more about Fixed Overdentures

Removable Overdentures

Another full arch replacement solution is removable overdentures. Similar to fixed overdentures, four or more implants are placed into the jaw that are meant to support a full arch of replacement teeth. Rather than screwing on, though, the teeth snap or clip into place and can be removed by the patient for cleaning. Read more about Removable Overdentures

Implant Surgery

No matter if you are replacing one tooth or several teeth, the surgery process is relatively the same. First, you have a consultation with your prosthodontist, Dr. Keith or Dr. Gibbs. You will receive a complete exam as well as x-rays and a CT scan. On the day of your surgery, any necessary extractions will be performed and holes drilled. Your implants will be placed and you will receive a temporary prosthetic for your healing time. Once you have healed, you will be fitted for and receive your permanent replacement. Read more about Implant Surgery

When you lose teeth, your daily life can be affected. For the best result to return to your normal routine, as well as prosthetics that look and act like real teeth, consider dental implants. Call us at (925) 266-3550 to learn more.

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Single Tooth Replacement ▸

Single Tooth Replacement Walnut Creek, CA

Even the loss of a single tooth, be it from tooth decay or an accident, can put a damper on your everyday life. Not only can it affect your ability to eat, but it can also affect your self confidence. Fortunately, with a trip to Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek, you can receive a replacement tooth.

There are two ways in which this can be done. One is by way of a bridge. The other is a Dental Implant.

What is A Bridge?

A bridge is a replacement tooth that is connected to the healthy surrounding teeth by cementing it to them. In order for the bridge to fit properly in the space where your tooth used to be, the surrounding teeth must be ground down so that it can fit over and be cemented to them. Thus the bridge covers the hole where your actual tooth used to be. So instead of a single replacement tooth, you are actually receiving three that are connected together. The bridge is meant to be a permanent replacement, but there is a chance that the cement can come loose and the bridge could fall out.

What About a Dental Implant?

Single Tooth Replacement in Walnut Creek, CAFor an actual permanent replacement, you may want to consider a dental implant. This implant is a titanium rod, which is meant to act as a "root," that is set in a hole drilled into your jaw and fused to your bone. In order for this fusion to work, the bone must be in good condition. When you lose a tooth, the bone surrounding the area where the tooth used to be can deteriorate. It has been shown that a dental implant can actually slow, and even stop, this degradation. An abutment is placed on the implant, and it is upon this which the new tooth is screwed or cemented. A dental implant allows you to save your perfectly healthy surrounding teeth, as they do not need to be ground, or even touched at all. You only need to have a single replacement tooth placed in the space where your old tooth used to reside.

The Dental Implant Process

There are several steps in having your dental implant placed. During your initial consultation, Dr. Keith or Dr. Gibbs will give you a complete examination, which includes x-rays and a CT scan. These images will allow your prosthodontist to see not only the space where your tooth used to be but also the bone below it. When you go in for surgery, if there is any tooth remaining in the space, it will be removed. Then, a hole will be drilled into the jaw and the titanium implant placed. You will receive a temporary replacement while you heal. During this healing process, you will visit with your prosthodontist frequently, to make certain that you are healing properly. After you have healed, you will then receive your permanent replacement. No one will ever be able to tell your replacement from your actual teeth.

Losing a tooth doesn't have to be a disaster. You can have it replaced. With a Dental Implant, you can be assured that you have a strong, solid new tooth that will look and act like the rest of your teeth, leaving others to wonder if you had really lost a tooth in the first place! Call us at (925) 266-3550 to learn more.

Multiple Tooth Replacement ▸

Multiple Teeth Replacement Walnut Creek, CA

Missing several teeth can have a significant impact on your day to day life. Fortunately, there are ways to return to normalcy through replacement teeth. One way this is done is by means of a bridge. Or, for another option, you can choose to receive dental implants.

What Is a Bridge?

A bridge is a set of connected replacement teeth that is permanently connected to the existing surrounding teeth. In order to properly place the bridge, your prosthodontist must first grind down the surround teeth. This allows for the bridge to fit over them. It is then attached with dental cement. While meant to be a permanent solution, bridges can occasionally come loose and even fall out.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are fused to your jaw. Abutments are installed on the implants and your replacement teeth are attached to them. Implants save your existing teeth from being ground down and having false teeth cemented to them. They can also help the jawbone. When you suffer tooth loss, the bone surrounding the missing teeth begins to deteriorate. Implants can actually slow and even stop the bone from degrading.

Individual Crowns

In this method, one implant is placed for each individual missing tooth. Each implant acts as a root to which individual crowns are attached. After surgery, you are given temporary crowns while you heal. After the healing process is complete, you will be given your individual permanent replacement teeth. These teeth are screwed or glued onto the abutments.

Implant Supported Bridge

This bridge is meant to replace three or more teeth and can be supported on one or more implants. The amount of implants necessary will be determined by your prosthodontist, Dr. Keith or Dr. Gibbs, at your initial examination. Rather than creating individual crowns for your missing teeth, the crowns are connected together to form the bridge. A temporary bridge is given after surgery for healing. After healing, you are fit for and given a permanent bridge, which is supported by the implants, rather than by the surrounding teeth. This crown looks and functions just like real teeth.

The Replacement Process

Before you receive your dental implants, you will receive a complete examination from your prosthodontist, which will include x-rays and a CT scan. This will also assess the condition of your jawbone. You will have an impression taken so a temporary prosthetic can be created. On the day of your surgery, any remaining ruined teeth will be removed. Then the necessary amount of holes will be drilled and implants placed. Depending on how many have been replaced, it may be recommended that you eat soft foods. While you heal, you will visit with your dentist several times to ensure your implants are healing properly. After healing, your permanent replacements will be screwed in, leaving you with a set of strong, real-looking teeth.

Tooth loss can be devastating, no matter how many you lose. Not only can it affect your daily life, it can affect your self confidence. You could get a bridge, but that solution would require you to grind down perfectly good teeth and have the bridge cemented down over them. You also risk the bridge coming loose. Instead, for a strong, permanent solution that preserves your perfectly healthy remaining teeth, take a look at dental implants. Call us at (925) 266-3550 to learn more.

Fixed Overdentures ▸

Fixed Overdentures Walnut Creek, CA

When you think about replacing lost or ruined teeth, you probably think about dentures – a custom fitted set of false teeth that are temporarily glued onto your gums each day. Having to remove these teeth and set them back in each day can be a hassle. They also have a tendency to shift around in your mouth during the day. Did you know that there is a permanent solution, that provides you with a stable, strong set of teeth that look and act like real teeth? If you are suffering from tooth loss, take a look at dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Surgically fused into the jawbone, dental implants provide you with a stable base on which to attach overdentures. In order for the implants to be successful, the jaw must be sufficiently stable. When you lose teeth, the bone can deteriorate. The implants can actually slow and even prevent this deterioration from occurring. In the event that your jaw has suffered from too much damage prior to implants, a bone graft may be needed. Otherwise, you can receive dental implants, and therefore overdentures, in a same day procedure.


Overdentures can be either be removable or fixed. In either case, these dentures attach to and are supported by the dental implants. Overdentures are designed for those with few to no teeth, or a set of teeth that are severely damaged due to decay. They are designed to look and act like real teeth. Removable overdentures snap or clip onto your dental implants, and you can remove them yourself in order to clean them.

Fixed overdentures are just that – they are fixed into place and cannot be removed except by your prosthodontist. There are a couple of different types offered at Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek.

All-on-4® Treatment Concept

The All-on-4® Treatment Concept by NobelBiocare are full arches of teeth that are set on only four implants per jaw. The surgery for this procedure is same day. After you receive your implants, you will receive a temporary set of teeth that day while you heal. The recovery process takes a few months, during which you will visit your prosthodontist often to ensure that you are healing properly. Once you are completely healed, you will be fitted for and given a permanent set of teeth that cannot be removed. Only your prosthodontist will be able to do this, and that will be only for maintenance and cleaning. Read more about All-on-4® Treatment Concept

Pro Arch Implants

Pro Arch by Straumann are another set of permanent, implant supported overdentures. The Pro Arch system uses specially designed materials for their implants. These implants have a shorter healing period, due to their equipment's ability to quickly integrate into the jawbone, allowing you to receive your set of permanent overdentures faster. Read more about Pro Arch

Losing your teeth can be devastating. You could get a set of removable dentures, but these false teeth can become a hassle. Why not receive a permanent solution with a set of new set of strong, stable teeth that look and act just like your old ones, and go with dental implants and fixed overdentures? Give us a call at (925) 266-3550 to find out more. Your mouth will thank you.

Removable Overdentures ▸

Removable Overdentures Walnut Creek, CA

Increasingly, patients who find it necessary to receive dentures are choosing the implant retained removable overdenture. For denture wearing patients, this system offers substantially more comfort than pressure or adhesive retained dentures. At Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek, our team and prosthodontists, Dr. Keith and Dr. Gibbs, are happy to discuss your options and help you choose a treatment plan that is right for you.

When considering your options between having your dentures retained with implants or not, for most seniors, cost is frequently the first concern. Though there is more initial cost to have your implants surgically implanted, the long term savings may surprise you. With implant supported dentures, there will be no adhesives to buy because there is no shifting, wobbling, or looseness. You will never need to have your denture realigned, because there will be less bone shrinkage and because the denture is not relying on the ridge to hold it in place. There will be fewer office visits for readjustments or to discuss soreness, because there shouldn't be any. Overall, the costs may end up being fairly equivalent, and the comfort will be significant. Our team is happy to show you the difference.

Retentive Anchor Overdentures

Using dental implants, we are able to firmly support your denture, while still allowing you to remove it for cleaning. With the insertion of 2-4 implants directly into your jawbone, your denture is firmly clasped into place, and can be unclasped for cleaning when needed. This allows the patient to wear their denture prosthetic confidently without worry of loose dentures shifting. Patients who have their denture appliance retained with the assistance of implants find that they are much more comfortable and are able to use their teeth to eat and speak much more naturally.

Bar Retained Overdentures

Removable Overdentures in Walnut Creek, CAIn some situations, we may recommend a bar attachment denture. This appliance uses 4 dental implants supported by a rigid horseshoe shaped bar in either the lower or upper jaw to support a customized set of false teeth.

In most instances, an upper denture covers some or all of the upper palate, or roof of the patient's mouth, something that is generally considered uncomfortable to the wearer, the bar design eliminates the need for the denture to cover the palate.

Why Should I Have Retained Dentures?

Having your dentures placed with dental implants to firmly hold them in place is an excellent dental prosthetic option. We find that patients choose this option over alternatives for a number of reasons, including:
•  The denture is held firmly in place. They will not shift or become loose in your mouth.
•  By being clasped onto the bar, there is less shifting and movement, decreasing soreness, which is a common complaint for patients with adhesive held dentures.
•  Patients find that they have more freedom of function. There is not need to adjust the foods you eat.
•  Patients find that implant retained dentures are much more comfortable, much closer to their own natural teeth in movement and function.

Our team, including Dr. Keith and Dr. Gibbs are here to answer your questions. Contact our front office at Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek at (925) 266-3550.

Implant Surgery ▸

Dental Implant Surgery Walnut Creek, CA

Dental Implant Surgery in Walnut Creek, CAWith precise planning, skill, and our in office technology, the surgical procedure for placing your dental implant is easier than you can imagine. For most patients, the start to end time to place your implant is under an hour, even when having multiple implants placed.Following the Dental Implant Procedure most patients resume their regular tasks within one to two days. Our prosthodontists, at Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek, Dr. Keith and Dr. Gibbs, are happy to schedule a consultation. We believe that you will be surprised and that the impact will be huge.

What Is the Implant Placement Process?

Before we can place your tooth implant, you need to have an evaluation. During your evaluation we will determine your physical health, which may or may not effect the procedure, the status of your soft tissue inside your mouth, and the levels of bone available for placement.

Some factors that we take special action with includes if the patient smokes and if the patient has diabetes. Both of these attributes can decrease the rate of healing, which can be problematic for successful implantation. In addition, if we are replacing a tooth that has been missing for a significant time, there will be some level of bone loss or atrophy. A common procedure performed prior to implantation is a bone graft.

Bone Graft

A bone graft sounds more serious than it is. Bone grafts are an often normal part of receiving a dental implant. A very simple procedure, bone grafts are done in office and are routine and painless. When your bone ridge is insufficient for the tooth implant, in preparation for surgery we open the tissue and are able to place bone material from one of three different sources.
•  We can place a synthetic powder that stimulates bone growth.
•  We can place processed bone from outside sources.
•  We can place bone from the patient, generally from the chin.

Over the next several months your body will regrow the necessary bone by depositing new bone cells. Once sufficient bone is available, we can proceed. Read more about Bone Grafting

Sinus Lift

Along with a bone graft, a sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds bone to your upper jaw. It is also sometimes referred to as a sinus augmentation. During this procedure, we will add bone between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are located on either side of your nose. Part of this procedure is to lift the sinus membrane upward, giving it its name, this is to make room for the bone that is being added. Read more about Sinus Lift

Tooth Extraction

Another aspect of your evaluation process will be determining the health and status of your teeth and deciding if extraction is necessary. For some patients, it may be necessary to remove some surrounding unhealthy teeth, or maybe even all of the patient's teeth if performing All-of-4® Treatment Concept. Any necessary extractions will be performed before your implant surgery in preparation. Read more about Tooth Extraction

Socket Preservation

Tooth extraction is one of the most common dental procedures. Healing of the resulting extraction socket normally occurs uneventfully. The key to minimizing bone loss is a careful technique using gentle instrumentation and socket preservation. Socket preservation is an adjunctive procedure where the tooth socket is filled with a specially bio-engineered graft and collagen plug system. Read more about Socket Preservation

We are happy to discuss all of the necessary preparation for implant surgery with you at the time of evaluation. Contact our office in East Bay, Walnut Creek, CA. Our prosthodontists, Scott E. Keith, DDS, MS, FACP and Quincy Gibbs, DDS are here to answer your questions. (925) 266-3550

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