Dental Implants
in San Ramon, California

If you are missing one or more teeth, this can impact the way you feel about your smile. Dental implants can provide a dramatic improvement in the way you look simply by replacing your missing teeth. Dental implants will enhance your confidence and smile. They are a great option for people who are searching for a permanent way to fill in their missing teeth.

Dental Implants in San Ramon, California

Implants do not look like false teeth. In fact, most people will not even be able to tell that you have implants when you smile. Dental implants are designed to blend in with the color and shape of your natural teeth. They are also functional and comfortable. The best reason to choose dental implants rather than a crown or bridge is that implants are permanent and do not rely on additional dental work on your other teeth.

If dental implants are something you are considering, then contact the team at Dr. Garth Riopelle’s San Ramon dental office. Dr. Riopelle is eager to work with you to find an affordable solution to your missing teeth.

How Does a Dental Implant Work?

The best way to visualize a dental implant is to think of it as an artificial tooth root. This root is made from titanium and looks like a post. The titanium post is inserted through a surgical procedure directly into your jaw bone. You do not need to worry about your body rejecting the titanium post.

As your jawbone heals, the bone fuses to the artificial root. The root will become the anchor for the artificial tooth. Once the jaw has healed, the dentist will place an abutment on the tooth, and a crown will be placed on top of the abutment.

There are many options for a dental implant. You may select a single tooth implant, multiple teeth implants, implant-supported dentures, or an implant-supported bridge.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Dental Implant?

Most people are good candidates for a dental implant, but some people are not good candidates for dental implants because they do not have enough bone in their jaw. If this is the case, a bone graft or sinus lift can add enough additional bone to prepare for the implant. Dr. Riopelle will evaluate your teeth, gums and jaw to determine how to proceed.

If you have an underlying dental problem, it will need to be treated before an implant can be placed. If you have gum disease, for instance, then the dentist will treat the gum disease first. Once the disease has cleared, the dentist can go forward with the implant procedure.

When you make an appointment with Dr. Garth Riopelle to discuss dental implants, he will examine your teeth and take x-rays. The examination will identify any problem areas so that Dr. Riopelle can present you with a complete treatment plan.

How Does a Dental Implant Work?

A sinus lift is a procedure that is used to add more bone to the upper jaw and sinus area. This is often recommended for patients who do not have enough bone in the jaw to support a dental implant. There is a pocket of air in the maxillary sinus. Depending on where this pocket is located, you may have less bone that you need for an implant.

If the bone sits too low, Dr. Riopelle will perform a sinus lift. During the procedure, he will lift up the sinus membrane to make room for more jaw bone. When the sinus membrane is lifted, Dr. Riopelle will insert bone into the area. The bone will be grafted into the existing bone.

After the sinus lift, you will need to heal. It takes around six months to a year before implants can be placed.

What is a Bone Graft?

The bone grafting procedure is similar to the sinus lift procedure. A bone graft happens when you do not have enough bone in the lower jaw to support the implants. The procedure is recommended for many patients and it has a high rate of success.

Bone grafting is a common procedure because the human body almost never rejects the bone. Dr. Riopelle will start the procedure by pulling the gums away from the teeth and identifying holes in the bone that need to be filled. The dentist will fill in those areas and replace the gums.

After the surgery, you will need to allow our jaw to heal for six to twelve months before the implants can be inserted into the jaw.

The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure

Many patients are scared of surgery, but the dental implant surgical procedure is not complex. When it is time to place the titanium posts, Dr. Riopelle will open the gum tissues to expose the bone where the implant will be placed. He will drill a hole into the jaw bone and place the artificial root, which is a titanium post, into the jaw. He will then close the gums back up. The first step in the procedure is then complete and you can go home on the same day to heal.

The second step in the procedure happens several months later, after there is new bone growth. You will visit the San Ramon dental offices of Dr. Riopelle to receive an abutment on top of the titanium post. He will take impressions of your teeth. After the lab creates your false teeth, you will have crowns placed on the abutments.

Most patients will have temporary crowns until the permanent crowns arrive so that they will still have teeth while they wait for their permanent teeth.

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I recently moved to California, and have been searching for a good dentist. Having a trusted dentist is a must. I'm so glad I've found Dr. Riopelle! He is very thorough in his work, with new technologies that my crown was made in the office, in less than an hour I was out! The staff are wonderful and very friendly. Love the office space!
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Robert C.

Dr Riopelle has been my dentist of choice for years now. He and his fellow family member have me all covered in different areas of medical needs. He is kind and caring and has great follow up to make sure you are not in pain and any procedures that were done are satisfactory to me.
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Erin P.

Dr. Riopelle and his staff are AMAZING. After several bad experiences with other dentists Dr. Riopelle made me feel totally relaxed about the procedure he was going to do and talked me through what he was doing. His assistant, was so sweet and was very reassuring the entire visit. I couldn't be happier with my experience at Dr.Riopelles and I'm so thankful I can now continue going there. Plus, they are very affordable without dental insurance!
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