Dental Implants Santa Rosa

Dr Erlach placing a dental implant

Our doctors have extensive experience placing and restoring dental implants.  Dr Anderson is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology.  Dr Erlach is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, the highest level of achievement in that organization.  He has earned a Surgical Mastership and Prosthetic Fellowship with the Misch International Implant Institute, where doctors go through rigorous training and testing on planning and placement of dental implants. Additionally many of our team members have been through the Institute’s team training so that they can give you the finest treatment available and answer any questions you might have.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

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


Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Erlach, Dr. Didier and Dr. Anderson. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

Procedure

Dental implants are man-made roots that are used to support new teeth. They are carefully placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one or two surgical procedures. If necessary, the site of the missing tooth may be augmented by a bone graft or a hopeless tooth removed and allowed to heal for four to six months. For many patients, this is an important first phase to ensure that there is an ideal area for implant placement. Second, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are left to heal undisturbed so they can bond to the bone. Most of our patients are surprised how comfortable they are during and after surgery. Depending on your situation, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a softer diet during this time. Once the site has healed and the implant has integrated, your dentist takes impressions and designs the final crown, bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

Single Posterior Implant

Single Anterior Implant

Immediate Load Anterior Implant

Sinus Lift

At Fountaingrove Dentistry, more complex restorations are designed first using a low radiation CT scan and 3D computer software. Your doctor can see what the end result will be before they start. Also, surgeries are simpler and more predictable, since the 3D software allows visualization of the entire jaw to include nerves, bone and desired tooth position. Our 3D Computer software (Simplant) and low radiation CT Scaner (Prexion) are valuable tools to insure your treatment goes as smoothly as possible.

Most cases take from 4 to 10 months to complete. However, in some cases, new teeth can be placed the same day. Our doctors can evaluate you to see if you may be a candidate for “teeth in a day.” Most of our patients experience no disruption of their daily life.

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“Chris broke his front tooth off. Dr. Erlach restored his smile with an implant and porcelain dental crown.”

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“Robert is a successful real estate agent, but his six front teeth were severely affected by gum disease. Dr Erlach and Dr Jarvis placed four implants supporting custom bridges. Robert has the confidence to eat anything and smile to his clients.”

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“The upper left front tooth in Loris smile would not hold a crown anymore. Dr Erlach placed an implant and did some cosmetic treatment on the other teeth to restore and improve her smile.”

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“Heather had two lower teeth that never developed. Two failing baby teeth were removed and replaced with dental implant supported crowns.”

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“Travis lost three teeth on his lower right and he was having a very hard time chewing. Three dental implant supported crowns restored his function. Notice that they are often a little narrower than a natural molar.”

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“Teeth missing from birth can be replaced by implant supported crowns.”

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“Sometimes bone and/or gum grafting are necessary to give an ideal foundation for an implant supported crown.”

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“Grace had no permanent eye teeth. Dr Erlach placed two implants with porcelain crowns to improve her smile for a lifetime.”

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“Peter lost all his teeth to periodontal disease. At Fountaingrove Dentistry, we use 3D computer software to plan and guide treatment to give the most comfortable and predictable results.”

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“Sometimes the natural teeth have so many problems that they are not worth saving. 3D imaging and planing software can help us with difficult cases to make life changing improvements in how a person looks and feels.”