Dental Implants in Sonoma, CA
Long-Term Tooth Replacement That Looks and Feels Natural
If you are suffering from missing, broken, or failing teeth, you are not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 120 million Americans are estimated to be missing at least one tooth, with 36 million missing all their teeth in one or both of their jaws. Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement solution because they promote good oral health and are secure, as well as provide a natural appearance.
Along with many oral health complications that are common with severe tooth loss and decay, many patients often feel less confident about their smile when it is incomplete. The oral surgeons at Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants offer dental implants that serve beautiful, functioning replacement teeth. When you come to our office in Sonoma for a consultation, Dr. Tyler Boynton or Dr. Alexander McMahon will create a customized treatment plan to achieve your oral health goals and improve the way you feel about your smile. Contact us to find out how dental implants can benefit your smile in Sonoma, CA.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant consists of an implant post, an abutment, and a crown. The crown is surgically placed into the jaw bone to serve as the new tooth’s root. The abutment ensures your new prosthetic tooth or teeth are held in place. The abutment connects the implant to the crown. The dental crown is the visible part of the tooth and is custom-made to naturally blend in with the rest of your smile.
Thanks to advances in the field of dentistry, our experts can help patients with periodontal disease or facial bone defects qualify for dental implants. This can include bone and soft tissue grafting to rebuild the facial structure to ensure a solid foundation for implant placement. Our surgeons will design a dental implant treatment that is right for you. If you are suffering from tooth loss, we encourage you to contact our office to discuss your options for tooth replacement.
Types of Dental Implants
Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants offers many types of implant-based tooth restorations to serve a wide variety of patient needs. These include:
- Single Implants. One implant is used to replace one tooth anywhere in the mouth.
- Immediate Implants. If you need a tooth extracted, your oral surgeon can extract the tooth and insert a dental implant post at the same appointment.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Whereas traditional bridges can damage adjacent teeth by depending upon them for support, a dental implant can support a bridge while also preventing jaw bone loss.
- Full-Arch Restoration. This treatment uses multiple implant posts to secure a prosthesis in one or both dental arches, resulting in a brand new, fully functioning smile.
Dental Implant Surgery
At the consultation, Dr. Boynton or Dr. McMahon will examine your oral health and determine if dental implants are right for you, which often includes taking 3D scans. We offer many options for anesthesia and sedation to ensure you are comfortable during any type of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
When you come to our office to receive your dental implant, we will administer the chosen form of anesthesia to make sure you feel at ease. During the surgical procedures, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and insert the implant post. Sutures will be placed if necessary, and you will rest until the anesthesia wears off. Over the next few months, the post will fuse to the jaw bone. Once healed, your oral surgeon will uncover the connecting abutment and a restorative dentist will place your custom crown, completing your dental implant treatment.
Dental Implant Cost in Sonoma, CA
Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Sonoma, CA, works with you to discover how you can afford dental implants. Because we tailor each treatment plan to suit the needs of every patient, the cost of your dental implant treatment will vary. We consider your insurance coverage, the number of dental implants, and if other procedures are required (such as bone grafting or tooth extraction). Schedule a consultation at Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants with Dr. Boynton or Dr. McMahon to find out how much dental implants would cost for you.
The Value of Dental Implants
When looking at tooth replacement options, there are many solutions to consider. By knowing the pros and cons of each, you can make the right decision for your oral health.
Removable dentures and bridges often cost less upfront, because there is typically no surgery involved. You must take out these prostheses during meals and brushing, which can feel embarrassing. If a bridge or partial is fixed, you must take extra care to properly clean around the framework, which can easily trap food and bacteria.
You will have to replace dentures every few years due to wear and tear, which can add up over the years. Dentures sit on top of the ridge in your mouth and do not fuse to the jaw bone beneath the surface. This increases the risk of jaw bone atrophy. If severe bone loss occurs, you may require costly bone repair surgery to restore the facial structure.
With dental implants, there are no extra or removable parts in your mouth. Your implants remain a fixed part of your smile at all times and are cared for the same way as natural teeth. The implants prevent bone loss and will look and feel so natural, many people won't be able to tell which is the replacement tooth.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
If you currently wear full or partial dentures, our oral surgeons can replace them with implant-supported dentures. This procedure, called full-arch restoration, is life-changing and eliminates the need for removable and uncomfortable dentures. As long as there is enough healthy jaw bone to support the implants, you likely qualify for this procedure.
Dentures can quickly replace missing teeth, but they can cause sores and slip when talking. It can feel embarrassing to remove dentures to eat, and dentures do not prevent jaw bone loss. With implants, you can enjoy eating and speaking with total confidence and your jaw bone health is protected. Learn more about denture replacement in Sonoma, CA, today by contacting our office.
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
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."
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."
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."
John Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name is John, and I am from Sonoma, and I came to Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery for an implant and sinus lift. When I first came into the practice, I felt welcomed, comfortable — it's a lovely office. Dr. Boynton is clearly professional. He was engaging. He was calming. He walked me through the procedure thoroughly, and that calmed me substantially. Now, I've got a brand-new tooth. Everything fits well, it's stable, and I really couldn't be happier. If anybody in the North Bay needs oral surgery, I would highly recommend Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery."
Nancy Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Hello, my name is Nancy, and I live here in Sonoma, and I came to Dr. Boynton here at Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery for an extraction, a sinus lift, and two implants. When I got here, Dr. Boynton made me feel completely comfortable and walked me through the entire procedure. Dr. Boynton is amazing. He is so calming and reassuring and made me feel very much at ease. The staff is amazing. They welcome you in the door and make you feel comfortable from the moment you are here until the moment you leave. My recovery was unbelievable. It was just so easy. I actually received a call from Dr. Boynton later that afternoon, and he checked in on me, and I was doing great. I had no problems. On a scale of one to five, I would give Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery five stars."
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my child receive dental implants?
If a child is missing a permanent tooth, a dental implant can be a great long-term solution. However, most oral surgeons will recommend dental implant placement after a child has finished growing—around 16 years of age for girls, and 18 years of age for boys. To learn more about your child’s condition and the types of tooth replacement options available, schedule a consultation at our practice.
How long does it take to replace teeth using dental implants?
From beginning to end, the dental implant process ranges from a few months to a year. However, every patient is different. Your personal needs, lifestyle, condition, and more all factor into how long your dental implant process will take.
Can a general dentist place my dental implant?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the experts at performing oral surgery, including the surgical placement of dental implants. The majority of dental implant treatments require a team effort between an oral surgeon and a general dentist, but an oral surgeon should be the dental professional who places the implant. Once the implant is placed, a dentist will attach the crown after the implant heals.
What if there is not enough bone in my jaw for secure implant placement?
Bone loss is a common oral health issue and can be caused by tooth loss. A bone grafting procedure restores or adds bone to weakened areas, allowing more patients to qualify for implant-based tooth restoration. We also offer soft tissue grafting to restore the shape of the gums for beautiful smile aesthetics.
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.