Dental Implants in Mission Viejo

What are my options for replacing missing teeth?

If you're missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be right for you. An implant dentist can restore the look and function of your smile and bite, enhancing your overall oral health. Made of durable materials, dental implants can last a lifetime, and seamlessly blend in with the rest of your natural teeth so you can smile with confidence. Tooth implants can be considered cosmetic dentistry because it has a clear impact on how you look. Interested? Call today to book an appointment at Smile Dental Boutique at our Mission Viejo family dental office.

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Unlike your natural teeth, dental implants aren’t affected by tooth decay.

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How it works: The dental implant placement and restoration process

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The Initial Consultation

First, your dentist will meet with you to find out if dental implants are right for your tooth replacement needs. They'll perform a thorough exam of your mouth, including going over your x-rays and ensuring your jaw bone is healthy enough to support implants. Together, you and your dentist will decide if dental implants will provide the tooth replacement your smile needs, or if your grin would be better suited to alternative restorative options.

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Your Oral Surgery Treatment

Once your treatment has been approved, your dentist will schedule your oral surgery appointment and provide a detailed treatment plan. During the procedure, your dentist will make a small opening in your gums and place a small, screw-shaped titanium implant into your jaw. Your Mission Viejo dentist will then clean and disinfect the area and suture it closed to begin the healing process.

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Healing & Osseointegration

Once your implants have been placed, your gums will begin to heal right away. Most patients heal completely from the initial surgery in less than 2 weeks. However, the implant itself must be given time to permanently bond with the jaw bone through a process "osseointegration", which can take anywhere between 3-6 months to complete.

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Creating the Prosthetic

While your implant is bonding with your jaw, you'll visit our office for a few follow-up appointments to ensure the healing process is going properly. Your dentist will examine your mouth and take impressions of your bite. These impressions will be sent to our trusted dental lab, where they will craft the custom crown, bridge, or arch of teeth that will eventually be fitted to your dental implant.

Applying the Implant

Applying the Restoration

Once the lab has sent over your completed prosthetic, and your implant has completely bonded with your natural bone, you'll visit us again for your final appointment. During this visit, your dentist will complete the procedure by attaching the restoration to your dental implant, and permanently securing it with dental cement or another adhesive.

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Maintenance & Aftercare

One of the major advantages to having a dental implant procedure is that they don't require specialized dental care. Just practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily, and visit your dentist every six months for regular cleanings and oral exams. Keeping up good oral health habits can help your dental implant last a lifetime.

Dental Implant Options

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Single Tooth Implants

Single tooth implants are the most-commonly used dental implant for a tooth replacement, and consist of two primary parts. The dental implant, or post, is a rod made of titanium and shaped like a screw. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped a cap that is attached to the implant post, and is used to complete the restoration.

To place a single tooth implant, the post is embedded directly into the jaw, where it bonds permanently with the surrounding bone tissue. While the gum is healing, a dental crown is crafted, and is eventually attached to the implant post with an abutment. This dental crown will mirror the shape, function, and appearance of a natural tooth to give your smile a natural look and feel. Made from durable materials, single tooth implants can last for decades, and, unlike a partial denture, will never shift, or move around.

Implant-Retained Dentures

For patients looking to permanently replace a full set of missing teeth, implant-retained dentures are among the most secure solutions available. After placing 4 or more implants in your jaw, the complete set of dentures is affixed to the anchors. Implant-retained dentures cannot be removed at home for daily cleaning, but that means patients with implant-retained dentures can brush and clean their smile like they would a set of natural teeth.

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Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime.

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How are dental implants made?

Dental implants are made of two main parts: the implant itself, which is a screw-shaped titanium "post", and the restorative component, usually a dental crown and abutment. A wide range of post sizes are available to ensure every patient gets an implant that fits their smile perfectly. On the other hand, the restoration is a custom-made prosthetic. Once your dentist in Mission Viejo has completed the placement of your dental implant, they will create impressions of your teeth and gums to send to a dental lab.

The lab will use these impressions to craft a long-lasting dental implant restoration. Most are crafted out of porcelain or another durable composite material. Once the restoration is complete, the lab will send it back to our office, and you'll come in for your final visit. Your dentist will complete the restoration by securely affixing your dental prosthetic to your implant.

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How long do dental implants last?

Placed properly, and maintained with good oral hygiene habits, dental implants can last for decades. It's very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.

The restoration, on the other hand, may not last as long. Although restorations like dental crowns, bridges, or overdentures are made from durable materials, they are still exposed to regular wear from chewing and biting. Over time, restorations will likely need to be replaced to keep your smile healthy and functional.

Can dental implants get infected?

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Although it's a rare complication, dental implants can become infected. Known as a "peri-implantitis," a dental implant infection is generally the result of the implant not being kept clean or cared for properly after surgery.

To avoid peri-implantitis and maintain your oral health, carefully follow your dentist's instructions during recovery, and be sure to brush and floss regularly once your implant is healed.

Will dental implants stop bone loss?

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Yes. Bone resorption, or bone loss, occurs when your jaw is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure that comes from chewing and biting. A missing tooth stops this regular stimulation, causing the jaw bone to weaken over time.

Dental implants bond directly with the jaw bone, acting as artificial roots that transmit the force of chewing and biting into your jaw bone, providing stimulation and pressure to keep you from losing bone density.

Can dental implants be done in one day?

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There are indeed several types of dental implants that can be completed in a single visit. The restoration will be a temporary appliance to keep your bite functional until you have finished healing from your dental implant surgery. With this temporary restoration, you'll be able to speak and eat normally throughout the healing process.

Throughout the healing process, which usually lasts between 3-6 months, your dentist in Mission Viejo, CA will schedule a series of follow-up visits, to monitor your progress and to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to our dental lab, where they will be used to create your own custom-made restoration, which will be a more permanent, durable, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.


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Although rare, dental implants can fail. This failure usually results from poor dental hygiene, gum disease, excessive smoking, and errors during installation. Inept dentists might take poor impressions of the patient’s teeth before creating dental crowns. Doing so leads to improper fitting crowns that create gaps between the crowns and gum. This dramatically increases the likelihood of dental implant failure.

Some telltale signs of dental implant failure include difficulty chewing, pain and discomfort, and gum swelling and recession around the implant. You might also feel the implant shifting and experience teeth grinding from misaligned teeth, or missing teeth if the implant comes off completely. Visit your dentist the moment you notice these signs.


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Yes, pain and discomfort are normal after getting dental implants. However, this pain is temporary and lasts only three to five days. Sometimes the pain is accompanied by a bit of bleeding that stops within a day or two. The dentist will recommend OTC painkillers to dampen the pain and discomfort for the first few days after the surgery.

Persistent pain weeks after the surgery indicates that something is wrong. Visit your dentist as soon as possible if you still experience pain two weeks after the procedure. The dentist will conduct an oral exam to determine the cause of the pain and chart the best way forward.


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Yes, dental implants can create a sturdy foundation to secure your dentures. The dentures will snap onto the implant and become stable immediately. In some cases, we may be able to modify your current dentures to snap onto your dental implants. These implant-supported dentures are ideal for patients who have several missing teeth. The same goes for patients with missing teeth in sporadic areas.

To qualify for these types of dentures, you must have enough bone in your jaw to accommodate the implants. The dentists at Smile Dental Boutique will examine your jaw and decide whether you’re a suitable candidate for these dentures. Some patients might need bone grafts to accommodate implant-supported dentures.


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Yes, dental implants are perfectly safe and can, in fact, dramatically improve your quality of life. If you didn’t know, dental implants have been a treatment option for missing teeth as far back as 600 AD! Moreover, these implants can last a lifetime if patients take good care of them.

However, complications may arise after the dental implant procedure. Some patients report infection at the implant site, leading to severe pain and discomfort. Others experience gum swelling and recession, which may also indicate bacterial infection. In rare cases, patients may experience physical injury and nerve damage at the extraction site. You can avoid these by letting the skilled and experienced dentists at Smile Dental Boutique install your dental implants.

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Dental implants are made of titanium, which is one of the strongest and most durable metals.

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