Importance of Dental Implants

DentalInmplants-300x224When you are missing one or more teeth, you may think that this is mostly a cosmetic issue. Although there is a cosmetic element to replacing missing teeth, there are also dental health concerns. A gap caused by a missing tooth can cause surrounding teeth to shift. Uneven teeth may then cause bite problems, which can lead to difficulty with everyday tasks like chewing and speaking. Also, missing teeth can trigger deterioration of the jaw, which can lead to even more serious dental problems. Properly placed dental implants and restorations will not only restore the aesthetics of your smile, but will also act as a root in the jaw and protect the functionality of the mouth.

High-Quality Dental Implants by Renowned Stockton Implant Dentist

At Martin Dentistry in Stockton, our main implant dentist, Dr. Douglas Martin, is well-known throughout California for his work in implant dentistry. Dr. Doug uses his knowledge and experience in implantology to provide various types of high-quality dental implants for patients from Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto, Lodi, Tracy, and throughout Northern California. Most patients can experience the many benefits of dental implants.

  • Importance of Dental Implants
  • Dr. Martin’s Dedication to Implant Dentistry
  • A Review of Our Implant Dentist’s Work
  • Types of Dental Implants

Dr. Martin’s Dedication to Implant Dentistry

Dr. Douglas Martin has been practicing dentistry in Stockton since 1975. About 10 years into his dental practice, Dr. Doug began his dedication to the study of implant dentistry. Since then, he has developed a well-known reputation as a skilled Northern California implant dentist. Dr. Doug has been able to use various dental implant treatments to solve complex restorative problems for not only the wealthy, but also a relatively poor blue collar community, and everyone in between.  Even when dealing with the limited budgets of some of his patients, Dr. Doug found solutions to meet their dental implant needs in an affordable way. If you have been told you are not a candidate for dental implants, Drs. Doug and Dax Martin can most likely solve your problems with custom implants. At Martin Dentistry in Modesto, we are proud to offer patients from Sacramento, Modesto, Lodi, and the surrounding areas with over 25 systems of implants for any implant problem and almost any budget.  Our Stockton implant dentistry practice has a solution for a reasonable fee often far below the price of other dentists. Contact Martin Dentistry today.

Types of Dental Implants

At our Stockton implant dentistry practice, serving patients from Modesto, Lodi, Tracy, Sacramento and surrounding areas, the categories of dental implants available to our patients include the following major types:

Endosteal Dental Implants

Endosteal dental implants are devices that are placed into jaw bone. At our Stockton dental practice, our skilled implant dentist uses this type of dental implant when there is enough bony structure to support the intended reconstruction.

Basic Designs

There are several basic designs of endosteal dental implants. A screw implant is commonly used where there is adequate bone strong enough to support the tooth. Sometimes a screw implant requires bone grafting to create enough bone. A plate implant is used when the bone is too thin to support a screw implant without grafting. A ramus frame implant is a special device which uses plate forms connected by a prefabricated bar to supply a support for a full lower denture. Systems Endosteal dental implants are pre-manufactured in one, two, or three piece systems. One-piece systems are the strongest. Two-piece implant systems can be very strong and should have hermetically sealing parts. Many three-piece systems are fraught with complications, which is why implant dentist Douglas Martin, DDS believes they make a poor choice for dental reconstruction at his Stockton implant dentistry practice. More Information Endosteal dental implants may not be an appropriate choice when the structures of the mouth and face are too deteriorated or damaged to allow for drilling into the bone. The one and two-piece endosteal dental implant systems have had FDA approval since the 1960s and before. The American Dental Association approved a three-piece system in 1984.

Augmentation Dental Implants

Augmentation dental implants are used to build up bone, providing bulk or cosmetic improvement. Increasing the size of a weak chin, creating beautiful cheek bones, changing the angle of the jaw, or lifting noses are examples of augmentation dental implant uses. In some cases it is necessary to augment existing bone to add another type of dental implant. Augmentation materials include bone and synthetic bone, as well as other devices manufactured to replace or augment missing facial bone structures.

Mucosal Dental Implants

Mucosal dental implants are devices that can be used to stabilize and increase the retention of an existing upper denture. These dental implants are small snaps that fit into a prepared socket in the palate and gum; they do not involve drilling into bone. This type of dental implant has been successfully applied to the upper dentures of smokers where other implants tend to fail. At our Stockton implant dentistry practice, mucosal implants are not used to stabilize lower dentures.

Transdental Implants

Transdental implants are used to stabilize an individual tooth. Transdental implants have often been used in the past and still find some limited usefulness; however, it is often better to sacrifice the weak tooth and replace it with an endosteal dental implant that is not susceptible to decay.

Transosteal Dental Implants

Transosteal dental implants are very seldom used and only a small number of dentists use this technique. The transosteal dental implant approach involves drilling through the lower jaw, and bolting a plate onto the bottom of the jaw with nuts on top, where a set of dentures can be mounted on the screws that protrude through the gums. The system requires opening the skin below the patient’s chin with the possibility of unsightly scarring. Drawing on his numerous years of implant dentistry experience and knowledge, Dr. Douglas Martin believes the technique required for transosteal dental implants is unnecessarily invasive and has a high failure rate. Because of this, he prefers to not use this system at his Stockton implant dentistry practice.

Custom Endosteal Dental Implants

As the name implies, custom endosteal dental implants are custom devices that are made to fit only one patient. Custom dental implants have no limitations and can be used even with the most damaged or deteriorated bone. Seventy percent of patients have too little bone to use the screw or plate forms of standard endosteal dental implants. When patients have too little bone for screws or plates, it requires expensive and difficult bone grafting. Bone grafting is sometimes necessary for single tooth dental implants. However, the use of bone grafting for the placement of several dental implants is usually unnecessary. In most cases, our skilled implant dentists can create a custom dental implant to fit the damaged bone.

How Custom Dental Implants Work

Custom dental implants are made from a three-dimensional computed tomography (CT) scan of the patient’s jaw. A duplicate of the patient’s jawbone is made using the digital data from the CT scan. This model is used to construct custom implants at our Northern California practice. The dental implants are then fabricated to exactly fit the model and coated with synthetic bone, assuring that the implant will adapt perfectly. Synthetic bone is an exact duplicate of the mineral in natural bones. It is compatible with all animals. Synthetic bone coating insures the bonding of bone to the dental implants within six weeks.

Placement of Custom Dental Implants

The custom dental implants are placed by Drs. Doug and Dax Martin using special techniques developed over the last 20 years, pioneered by Dr. Tom Golec. Prior to placement, the dental implants are subjected to 10 million degree heat in conditions similar to outer space. This plasma cleaning process guarantees that our Stockton, Modesto, and Sacramento patients receive the cleanest possible dental implants. Next, the implants are coated with the patient’s blood and serum, which bonds to the super clean surface. A plasma-cleaned dental implant that has been coated with the patient’s blood proteins is indistinguishable from the patient’s natural tooth roots. The biocompatible implant is placed using special bone grafting procedures, which assure that the implant will be bonded and enclosed in bone.

The Healing Process

The healing regimen also assures that the implant will heal completely encapsulated in bone. Because the bone grafting procedure is part of the placement of dental implants, a badly damaged jawbone can also be rebuilt at the same time. The patient can and does have teeth placed immediately when this system is used. Dr. Martin’s Stockton and Sacramento-area patients are never without teeth; the dental implants are used to provide an immediate foundation for a dental crown, dentures, or a bridge. More Information Custom endosteal dental implants have been developed by diplomates of the American Board of Implant Dentistry. This advanced technique is used by only a few clinicians with special training far above and beyond that taught by dental schools or specialty programs. The American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry is the only organization which tests knowledge of this dental implant system. It is highly recommend that anyone who is contemplating custom dental implants have the dental work completed by a Board Certified Implantologist; one who is not only trained, but also tested in the use of these custom devices. Both Dr. Douglas Martin and his son, Dr. Dax Martin, are graduates of the Misch Implant Institute in advanced implantology and of the Tatum Institute in sinus grafting, tatum frames, and D series implants. To find out more about the custom dental implant treatments offered at Martin Dentistry, contact our Stockton implant dentistry practice today.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Stockton Implant Dentists

For over a quarter of a century, Dr. Douglas Martin has been providing high-quality dental implants to patients at Martin Dentistry in Stockton. Dr. Doug’s expertise in implant dentistry draws patients from Sacramento, Modesto, Lodi, Tracy, Lincoln Village, Morada, South Woodbridge, North Woodbridge, Linden, and areas throughout Northern California. If you are missing one or more teeth, you should trust your restorative dentistry to the experts. Schedule a dental implant consultation at our Stockton implant dentistry practice today. Drs. Doug and Dax Martin also provide various other dental treatments, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental crowns. Once you meet with our skilled dentists and caring staff, you will understand why our patients recommend Martin Dentistry. See it for yourself. If you have questions about the dental implants procedure, read our FAQs page.