Dental Implants in Napa, CA
Secure and Beautiful Tooth Restoration
Adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but trauma or disease can cause them to decay or fall out. When one or more teeth need to be replaced, many patients turn to dental implants. This tooth restoration solution integrates with the jaw bone, replicating the benefits and function of a healthy, natural tooth.
When you are missing a tooth, you may feel as though you should hide your smile or cover your mouth. Dental implants have helped thousands of patients restore confidence to their smile through long-term tooth restoration. At Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we want to help you restore missing teeth and feel great about your smile. Dr. Tyler Boynton and Dr. Alexander McMahon offer dental implants in Napa, CA, as a healthy and long-lasting tooth replacement solution.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tooth restoration option that can be tailored to the exact needs of every patient. One implant is made of three parts: a post, an abutment, and a crown. An implant post is made of medical-grade titanium and is inserted into the jaw bone. It is an artificial tooth root that replicates the function of a natural tooth root, stimulating the jaw and creating a solid foundation for the implant.
An abutment is a small piece that connects the implant to the crown. The dental crown is the visible part of the replacement tooth. It is custom-made by a restorative dentist to blend in with your other teeth for natural-looking results.
Many patients are candidates for dental implants, as long as there is enough bone in the jaw. If the jaw has weakened due to tooth loss, medication, trauma, or disease, we can use bone grafts to regrow lost bone. Bone and soft tissue grafting enables more patients, even those with periodontal disease, to qualify for implant-based tooth restoration.
Types of Dental Implants
Restoring missing teeth with dental implants is a versatile treatment that can be catered to your exact needs. During the first visit, Dr. Boynton or Dr. McMahon will evaluate your oral health and create your custom treatment plan.
- Single Dental Implants. One implant post and crown can replace a single missing tooth, including front or back teeth and canines.
- Immediate Implants. Dr. Boynton or Dr. McMahon can insert an implant post into the empty socket immediately following a tooth extraction, reducing the appointments needed to replace the tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. One implant post can support a bridge where multiple teeth are missing. This eliminates the need to grind down your healthy teeth to fit the bridge.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Multiple implant posts can secure a fixed denture, resulting in a brand new and fully functioning smile. This is ideal for patients missing many or all teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
When you choose dental implants as your replacement teeth, you benefit in many more ways than traditional removable options. Some key benefits of dental implants include:
Balanced Facial Aesthetics
The custom-made crown is designed just for you to create the most natural results possible and restore facial balance. You will feel more confident about having a complete smile and prevent facial sagging or asymmetry.
Improve Bone Health
The post fuses to the jaw bone and provides stimulation during chewing, preventing the bone from deteriorating over time. Tooth loss causes the jaw bone to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation, and dental implants help prevent this.
You can receive as few or as many implants as you need for your smile, so long as you have enough jaw bone to support them. They function like natural teeth, meaning you can eat your favorite foods without removing dentures or moving parts.
Protect Oral Health
With an implant post and crown inserted where a tooth was missing, adjacent teeth will not shift into the open space, preserving your natural alignment. The implant post stimulates the jaw bone, preventing jaw bone atrophy associated with missing teeth.
Dental Implant Surgery
At your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Boynton and Dr. McMahon, who will examine your oral health and take 3D scans of your mouth. We will discuss your options for treatment and anesthesia, as we offer many types of sedation for any type of oral and maxillofacial surgery. We will also discuss the need for extractions or bone grafts if you need a tooth extracted, or if there is not enough jaw bone to support the implant.
On the day of your surgical procedure, we will administer the anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable. Your oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and insert the implant post. Any sutures are placed, if necessary, and you will rest in our office until the anesthesia wears off. We will provide you with instructions to follow after surgery. These will guide you on proper dental care, instructions for diet and pain medications, and more.
Cost of Dental Implants in Napa, CA
Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Napa, CA, offers restorative dental implant treatment and other procedures at affordable rates to our patients. Every treatment is tailored to the exact needs of each patient, and therefore the cost can vary. The biggest factors influencing the cost of dental implants include insurance coverage, type and number of implants, your choice of anesthesia, and if you require bone grafting or other procedures. Contact us for a consultation and we will provide you with a cost for your dental implant treatment.
The Value of Dental Implants
There are many reasons to consider dental implants for your tooth restoration needs. They offer many benefits over removable dentures and bridges, and are the only solution for missing teeth that prevents bone atrophy by fusing to the jaw bone. Patients often find it inconvenient to remove dentures during meals and brushing. Dentures must also be cleaned using special rinses and should be replaced every few years.
Your dental implant remains in your mouth at all times, including during meals, so you never have to go without teeth. For proper care, simply brush and floss your implant regularly, just like a natural tooth to maintain good oral hygiene. Your implant will feel, look, and function just like your other natural teeth. In fact, many people won’t be able to tell which tooth is the implant. The results are natural and beneficial to your oral health and with high success rates, it’s clear why so many patients choose dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implant Patients
Katie Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"My name is Katie, I live in Sonoma, and I came to Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery to get a dental implant. When I first walked into Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery, I felt very comfortable. Dr. Boynton is a very professional doctor but also very personable, and he’s easy to work with and makes you feel at ease about the whole procedure. The team here at Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery is wonderful, from the front office to the assistants to the doctor. You just feel really comfortable from the moment you get here. Now that I have my new tooth, I feel relieved and just great because I have all my teeth back. If you live in Napa or American Canyon, and you’re looking to get a dental implant, come to Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery. You’ll be glad you came."
Gail Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"My name is Gail, I live in Sonoma, and I came to Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery for dental implants. It's very important to me to know what is going on on any kind of procedure from beginning to end, and Dr. Boynton explained it very well, as well as his team. Dr. Boynton and the staff are very, very professional and polite and funny. After all these procedures, I am totally out of pain and can chew effectively because of it. On a scale of one to five stars, I would give Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery a five. If anyone in Sonoma or Marin need oral surgery, I would definitely recommend Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery."
Joe Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"My name is Joe, I live in Sonoma. I came to Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery for a bone graft, implant, and an extraction. Dr. Boynton made me feel very comfortable. He’s a consummate professional. He explained the entire procedure, both before and during the process. Dr. Boynton’s staff is very efficient. Everybody has a role. They play it extremely well from the time you walk into the office until you’re finished. I had a great experience here, and I would come back again if the circumstances called for it, absolutely. I would recommend Dr. Boynton to anyone and have done so in the past."
Paul Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, I'm Paul. I have lived in Sonoma for about 20 years. I came to Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery for one implant and an extraction, and now I am waiting on another implant. Recovery was smooth, and I had very little discomfort, either during the surgery or after. I would say the team here at Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery is very proficient. Dr. Boynton is always very calm during procedures and very cheerful. I'd have to give Dr. Boynton five stars. He knows what he's doing."
Janet Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name is Janet. I live in Sonoma. I came to Dr. Boynton to have a dental implant. The dental implant procedure was smooth and easy — easier than I expected. When I first came in, everybody was warm and welcoming. Dr. Boynton's team is great. Their assistants are very easygoing, friendly, nice to be with. I'm in the dental field; I have high standards, and Dr. Boynton was the person I wanted to have my procedure done with. He's very knowledgeable. He has a nice personality. He's kind and explains everything that needs to be done. If anybody in Sonoma or American Canyon are looking to have a dental implant, I would definitely have them come see Dr. Boynton."
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I care for my new dental implants?
Your new dental implants need some extra care while they heal over several months. After they have healed completely, dental implants only require basic care, just like natural teeth. Brush and floss every day and remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist. Your post-operative instructions will outline diet recommendations, activities to avoid, and more.
What is recovery like after dental implant placement?
Most patients can return to their normal activities after a few days following the dental implant placement procedure. It can take about 2 weeks for the surgical sites to heal, but you can resume your daily routine as soon as the next day.
Do implants hurt?
We make every effort to make the oral surgery experience as comfortable as possible. Many patients experience little to no discomfort during the surgical procedure with the use of anesthesia or sedation. Discomfort during recovery can often be managed simply with rest, ice packs, or over-the counter pain medication.
Can a child receive dental implants?
We recommend dental implants after development has ended—around age 16 for girls and age 18 for boys. This way, the jaw will be fully developed for implant placement. In the meantime, there are other options such as bridges that can restore a child or teen's smile until they are ready for dental implants.
A Team Committed to Your Oral Health
We put patient safety and comfort at the forefront of our practice to ensure better oral health outcomes and experiences. Contact us to find out how our trusted team of oral surgery specialists can help you and your loved ones.