Dental Implants: A Better Way to Replace Missing Teeth

Dental Implant Surgery in Rancho Cucamonga, Glendora, & Claremont

Dental implants have revolutionized dentistry and how we replace teeth. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

The implants themselves are sophisticated tiny titanium posts, which are placed into the jaw where teeth are missing. These highly engineered anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw. The bone bonds with the titanium post, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.

When teeth are lost, bone shrinks due to the lost function and the visible signs of aging are accelerated. Implants help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

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Call Upland Office Phone Number 909-982-8888 with questions or to schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Gilbert.

How Much do Dental Implants Cost?

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What Can Dental Implants Do For You?

Dental Implants are the most predictable and near natural form of tooth replacement. Dental implants are changing the way people live by restoring their confidence and comfort. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Dental implants are the standard of care.

Call Upland Office Phone Number 909-982-8888 with questions or to schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Gilbert.

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Dental Implant Surgical Procedure

Placement of implants and teeth on the same day is a possibility for patients that meet specific criteria. Latest advances have facilitated planning where your teeth can be attached to implants on the same day.

For some patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary teeth and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Gilbert will uncover the implants and attach small posts, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts emerge through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes 3 to 6 months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

Dental Implant Surgical Advances

Dr Gilbert uses the latest in computer treatment planning, analysis and guidance. He uses CAD/CAM computer guided technology to increase precision. Using these recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Gilbert is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but can require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants and teeth at one visit. This procedure, called “immediate loading,” greatly simplifies the surgical process.

Who actually performs the implant placement?

Implants are a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Restorative Dentist. While Dr. Gilbert performs the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

What types of prostheses are available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball and socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Dr. Gilbert performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia. When indicated, Dr. Gilbert may perform surgery in local hospitals.

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Why dental implants?

They are the standard of care. Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your quality of life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself. Eating and enjoying foods are significantly compromised with the loss of teeth. Implants ensure you can preserve and maintain your enjoyment of life.

Call Upland Office Phone Number 909-982-8888 with questions or to schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Gilbert.

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Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than thirty-five years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why would you select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?

It is the closest thing to a natural tooth that we can provide. There are several reasons: It preserves the bone and facial structure. It looks and feels “natural”. It does not get dental decay.

Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Dental Implant Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the dental implant process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about dental implants.

Dental Implant Overview

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Are you a candidate for implants?

Most people are. If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

What type of anesthesia is used?

The majority of dental implants and bone grafting can be performed in our outpatient surgical facility under local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Do Implants need special care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

Guided Implant Surgery

One of the many advantages of having your procedure in our facility is our minimally invasive approach to dental implant surgery. Dr. Gilbert and his staff will employ the latest technological advances for your implant surgery. Traditionally, dental implants are planned on two-dimensional x-rays, requiring the surgeon to open the gums through an incision and place the implant based on the contour of the bone. In our office, our onsite CT scanner gives an accurate 3-Dimensional view of your upper and lower jawbone contour without an incision. This allows us to plan your procedure without any surprises. Computer-aided design (CAD) software allows us to perform your implant surgery on a computer before making the first incision. The computer then generates a highly accurate plastic guide that transfers the computerized plan for use during the surgery. This technique eliminates the need to visually inspect the bone during the procedure and hence can result in incision-less surgery. No sutures and less surgical manipulation means faster healing and virtually no discomfort. Additionally, this more accurate technique of implant surgery may eliminate the need for additional bone grafting procedures.

David H. Gilbert DDS, MS, MBA, FACS

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- Darline P

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The doctor did excellent work. I was surprised at how little pain and discomfort was involved.

- Ed C

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If you need implants Dr.Gilbert is my recommendation.

- Wendy W

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Very pleased with the process so far.

- Sandra S

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Easy procedure with no problems.

- Warren D

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Thank you for all the help

- Maria M

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Excellent care and service

- Dee T

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Extremely professional. Absolutely wonderful people.

- David H

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For an emergency visit I was very surprised how fast Dr. Gilbert was able to solve my oral problems. He has built an amazing practice and filled it with amazing people. His ability to make my procedure as fast, effective, and absolutely as painless as possible. I was truly amazed by his prices. I did not have insurance and they did not treat me any differently, which I have experienced recently. Thank you to everyone that helped me in my process from the first visit to the follow up. You have restored faith in my uneasiness about dentists. I will be seeing you in the near future for more work!!!

- Gary L

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Dr.Gilbert, Mara and Salina were great. They made me feel right at home very friendly they made feel at ease about having surgery.

- Lonny S

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Great experience

- Richard B

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My experience was perfect at your facility. I, like most people, have a little phobia from some previous experiences, and this experience could not have been better. Every step was carefully accomplished with my comfort in mind. One senses the expertise of all caregivers as they went about their tasks. I am very appreciative and relieved to have used Dr. Gilbert and his office for my tooth extraction, bone graft, and implant.

- Constance S

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