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Dental Implants

A beautiful, healthy smile can tell others that you’re open and friendly. However, missing teeth can be a challenging obstacle that limits your confidence and inhibits your desire to smile. As a result, others may perceive you differently than you would like. Plus, missing teeth can cause a number of functional problems, ultimately affecting your ability to chew and speak properly. Customized dental implants from Smile By Design and our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Donian Shen can help restore your teeth with natural-looking results.

We believe dental implants are the only truly effective solution to replace missing teeth. This advanced technique offers numerous benefits, including addressing both the visible missing tooth as well as the missing root beneath the gumline. A replacement tooth works exactly the same way as your natural tooth—it is anchored in place and protects against bone loss that could occur with other treatments or no treatment at all. Furthermore, dental implants can be used to combat misalignment before it occurs. In experienced hands like ours, dental implants can be a smart investment that lasts a lifetime.

I have had issues with my teeth since a very young age and always felt intimidated and uncomfortable going to a dentist. Dr. Shen has positively altered my feelings towards dental visits. She is very compassionate and knowledgeable which is a great combination. She performed a bone graft surgery on me a week ago and was very dedicated at ensuring that I got the best care possible. I will also be getting an implant at her office. Her receptionist is also very helpful and responds very promptly to emails and inquiries. The only thing that I was not very happy with was her assistant who showed a lack of experience. I was not sure if she was in training still.

Manel Khan

November 26, 2013


What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are comprised of two parts: the titanium root fixture, or post, and the dental restoration that is affixed on top. The titanium post will be placed into the bone below the gumline for a sturdy foundation. As a result, the implant can be stronger than the natural tooth. Once the healing process is complete, the restoration (dental crown, implant-supported dental bridge, or implant denture) will be attached. Dr. Shen endeavors to provide the most natural-looking outcome possible while delivering exceptional beauty and durability.

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What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants can offer a multitude of benefits. By utilizing the most advanced techniques and technology possible, our experienced team can often further enhance your outcome. Designed to replace missing teeth, implants can also:

  • Enhance your comfort when eating and speaking
  • Preserve jawbone integrity and strength
  • Minimize the risk of teeth shifting in the surrounding area
  • Reduce wear and tear on the gums and soft tissues
  • Improve bite alignment and function
  • Provide long-lasting, aesthetically appealing results

Additionally, dental implants can be just as easy to care for as your natural teeth. Normal brushing and flossing will help to keep your implants in excellent shape for the life of your smile. It’s important to note, dental implants and implant-supported restorations are currently the only tooth replacement options that can aid in maintaining the density of your jawbone. Without the tooth and root structure, your body may gradually absorb the bone tissue, leading to significant changes in your facial shape and appearance. Dr. Shen will discuss this possibility and how to avoid it during your initial complimentary consultation.

What Should I Expect from the Dental Implants Procedure?

When you arrive for your first appointment, Dr. Shen will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, and oral structures. This will also include an oral cancer screening. Ideal candidates will be in good general health and free of periodontal disease. Dr. Shen will then customize a treatment plan based on your anatomical needs, such as existing gum and bone support, as well as your cosmetic goals. The number of dental implants will also be determined by these factors to ensure the best possible outcome.

The dental implant procedure typically consists of five parts:

  1. Consultation
  2. Implant Placement
  3. Surgery to Expose Implant (depending on your needs)
  4. Impression
  5. Crown Attachment

After the consultation, your surgery will be scheduled. During this procedure, Dr. Shen will implant the titanium post (or posts, depending on your treatment plan), into your jawbone. It will take some time for the implants to fuse to the jawbone after this operation. Once your bone has taken to the implants, Dr. Shen may need to clear away some gum tissue to expose the implants; however, not everyone will need this secondary surgery. The next step is the impression. She will take models of your mouth to create a customized restoration that best suits your existing bite and your desired aesthetics. Once the restoration is delivered, Dr. Shen will affix it to your implant. The entire process typically takes between four to eight months to complete. Though patience will be necessary, the result should be worth the wait. Your new dental implants are designed to provide the same appearance and function as your natural teeth and to last for many years to come.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, and with proper placement and excellent oral care this is possible. To get the most out of your dental implants, it is imperative to have them placed by a highly skilled dentist with the experience and training to identify the ideal locations for each implant and to perform the procedure accurately. Dr. Shen is extensively trained and continues to maintain her knowledge with regular conferences and courses. She is well-versed not only in implant placement, but in bone grafting and other elite techniques that can provide an exceptional result for patients who may otherwise not be considered good candidates by other dental professionals. She is dedicated to each patient’s care, comfort, and outcome, and she will work with you to ensure your implants last as long as possible.

What Are My Dental Implant Options?

We offer a broad range of implant options to best suit your individual cosmetic goals, oral health needs, and lifestyle. You can learn more about our selection during your initial consultation, and here is a quick overview to help you get an idea of what’s available.

Single Tooth Implants

Individuals who are missing one or more teeth can replace each missing tooth with a dental implant, one for one. This can often provide the optimal result; however, you need to have enough bone structure and room in your mouth for this approach. In the event you are lacking sufficient bone structure, Dr. Shen is extensively trained in bone grafting, which may be an avenue for success in your case. We can discuss this option more thoroughly during your first appointment.

Implant Bridges

If you’re missing more than one tooth in a row, an implant-supported bridge may be preferable to a traditional bridge. Designed to be strong, durable, and natural-looking, a customized implant-supported bridge from our state-of-the-art practice offers a number of benefits.

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Implant Dentures

Tired of ill-fitting traditional dentures that slip? Implant-supported dentures from Smile By Design are custom-made to fit comfortably while giving you a strong bite and a beautiful smile. Additionally, implants require no special maintenance and they can help to preserve the health and integrity of your jawbone. Become more confident in your smile with this innovative treatment.

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Our Implant Service

Learn more about what makes the Smile By Design dental implant process different. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and some of the most advanced techniques available to elevate patient care, safety, and results. Our skilled team can graft bone and tissue, place implants, and restore your teeth all in one convenient location.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The price of dental implants will vary depending on the number of implants used, the complexity of your case, whether bone grafting is needed, and other factors. During your initial consultation, Dr. Shen and our medical team will review the anticipated cost of your treatment, so you can make an informed decision about your care. Broadly speaking, each dental implant typically costs between $3,000 and $4,500 per implant, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. For personalized information, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We can also help you find dental financing if you prefer to pay in installments.

Are There Alternatives to Dental Implants?

If dental implants are not right for you, we offer a range of options that can help you address missing teeth. Dental bridges can be used to correct one or more missing teeth in a row and traditional removable dentures are a common restoration used for a quadrant or full arch of missing teeth. In some cases, patients who are not good candidates for a full set of dental implants may still be able to use implant dentures. Dr. Shen will review all of your options at your initial consultation, so that you can make the best decision for your needs and goals.

Dental implants can seem complicated, but we’re here to help. Contact us today for more information about how dental implants can help you. Our friendly team can answer questions or schedule you a complimentary consultation with Dr. Shen.