Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most important advance in dentistry of our generation. They are a quantum leap forward compared to bridgework or removable teeth. These prior technologies only covered up for missing teeth, but dental implants are long-term replacements that actually restore the missing tooth and root structures.

Dental implants are the best treatment choice in nearly every situation where teeth are missing – no painful dentures, no metal prongs and no grinding down of healthy teeth. The implants act as replacement roots, renewing stimulation of the jawbone to maintain its strength.

Actual patient treated with an upper incisor implant.
Nearly everyone is a candidate for dental implant treatment, even those who have chronic dental problems, hopeless teeth, or have been missing teeth for decades. Dental implant procedures involve minimal recuperation and can be painlessly performed while you are asleep.

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Dental Implant Technology

Here at Marwood Stout Dentistry, we are proud to offer you excellent, up-to-date technology as part of our service. Expect modern care and treatment in all your procedures with our dental technology.

3D CT Scanner

One example of our available dental technology is our onsite 3D CT Scanner. This scanner is a specialized x-ray that creates three-dimensional images of your mouth by scanning your entire jaw at once, rather than taking individual snapshots.

These images can offer much more information than your typical x-ray, and grant us, your caregivers, another level of information to better treat you with.

This scanner can be used for all kinds of diagnoses and treatment planning, including impacted teeth, TMJ problems, reconstructive surgery, and even discovering jaw tumors. Let us put our technology to work for you in diagnosing your problems and giving you the treatment you need!

Virtual surgical treatment planning

Our virtual surgical treatment planning means simpler treatments and faster recovery for you. Using the information from your CT scan, among other things, we can plan out the procedures you need on an extremely accurate rendering of your mouth and jaw. It’s all customized to you!

There are incredible benefits to using this virtual planning. Any procedures that need doing will become that much less complicated when your surgeon can plan the process out ahead of time with a complete understanding of your individual jaw anatomy. This can be particularly useful in cases of implant positioning, multiple implants in a row, or when working with your jawbone itself.

With our virtual treatment planning, our dentist will have a clear idea of just what work will benefit your individual needs. This specialized care translates into faster, simpler treatments, and a better experience for you, our customer.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the dental technology available to you!

Dental implants are the most successful and cost effective treatment for missing teeth, a fact proven by hundreds of scientific studies. Their success rate, about 98% for most situations, is far superior to other treatments. Their longevity has been proven for over 45 years, and they can be expected to last about as long as natural teeth

Actual patient treated with two dental implants

Dental Implant Anatomy

The best way to describe a dental implant is to compare it to a real tooth. The part of a natural tooth you can see is called the crown. Hidden beneath the gums is the root, which anchors the tooth to the jawbone.

A typical dental implant tooth is composed of three separate parts:

The actual implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw. After healing, the implant will completely fuse with the jawbone to function as a new root.

The abutment attaches to the implant, and serves as a connector between the implant and the crown.

The crown, which is custom fabricated by your restorative dentist, is fitted onto the abutment to recreate the natural shape and appearance of your tooth.

Depending on how many implants are placed, a single tooth, a segment of several implant-supported teeth, or even an entire set of new teeth can be made.

Problems Caused by Missing Teeth

If you lose one or more teeth, there are several unfortunate changes that begin immediately.

Atrophy of the Jaw Bone

When your tooth is gone, the jawbone is no longer stimulated by chewing forces, and the jawbone in the area begins to melt away – a process called atrophy. This progressive bone loss weakens the jawbone, and may complicate eventual implant placement.

Drifting Teeth

Missing teeth also allow neighboring and opposing teeth to drift or tip into the empty space. This creates orthodontic, gum, or cosmetic problems that may need to be corrected.

Accelerated Wearing Down of the Front Teeth

When back teeth are lost, the chewing force that was borne by the sturdy molar teeth is transferred to the more delicate front teeth. They become overloaded and wear down quickly, becoming shorter and shorter until they are lost altogether. The shape of the face also becomes more short and square because the jaws have developed an over-closed posture. This is why it is always best to have missing teeth replaced, even if they are unseen teeth in the back of the mouth.

Problems with the Jaw Joint

When back teeth are lost, the missing support also places a heavy burden on the jaw muscles and joint structures. Over time, this can lead to clicking, popping, or grinding noises and can lead to jaw joint pain, locking, or degeneration (arthritis) of the joint.

Other Tooth Replacement Options

Although dental implants are a superior tooth replacement treatment, there are a few other options: a removable partial or full denture or a fixed bridge.

A removable partial denture fills in the missing teeth by resting on the gums while being held in place with metal prongs that clip onto the neighboring teeth. Full dentures replace all the teeth in one arch. Partials and dentures do not replace missing root structures or prevent further jawbone atrophy or tooth loss. They can be bulky and distort speech, and cosmetic results are disappointing if the metal prongs are visible. The fit of dentures tends to worsen as time goes by.

Removable partial and full dentures.

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is made by shaving down and placing crowns on two teeth and suspending one or two false teeth in between. A bridge will last an average of 7-15 years before failing, often due to decay under one of the crowns. When a bridge eventually does fail, it usually means more teeth need to be extracted.

Teeth In A Day

Walk into our offices with dentures, missing or ruined teeth, and walk out again with a beautiful new smile of permanent teeth, the very same day. If you think it sounds too good to be true, come in and experience the fantastic benefits of our same-day-teeth procedure for yourself!

Am I a candidate for teeth in a day?

This procedure is meant for anyone who is tired of struggling with broken, painful, missing, or just plain unattractive teeth. The treatment is especially likely to be effective if all of the teeth in question are in the same arch.

Up to five new teeth can be placed during this process, all while you are comfortably asleep. Come in to meet with Dr. Stout to determine your individual eligibility for this comfort and confidence-building procedure.

What are the benefits of teeth in a day?

If you have ever experienced missing or rotten teeth—or if you simply don’t like the look of your teeth—you know how a lack of confidence in your smile can hurt your self-confidence overall. Teeth in a day can make you happy with your smile again, and just might leave you feeling like a more self-assured person than you were before.

Beyond physical appearance, your teeth in a day procedure can improve the way you eat. Eating with painful teeth can ruin a meal, and might even mean limiting the types of foods you can eat. With a new set of permanent teeth, you will be able eat what you like without worrying about pain, and start enjoying meals again.

What is the teeth in a day procedure like?

We put our technology and our staff to use to make sure you are satisfied with your customized implants. Our staff will be happy to guide you through the steps of our teeth in a day process, from the initial 3-dimension imaging to your final prosthesis. Click here to learn more details about the specific procedure.

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One of the most exciting innovations in implant dentistry is “Immediate Restoration or “Teeth in a Day.” This convenient treatment can be used for one or several teeth, but it is most ideal for replacement of all the teeth in an arch. If you are already missing teeth or have hopeless teeth that need to be removed, it is often possible to remove teeth, place the dental implants, and secure fixed teeth all in one day.

This technique requires careful pretreatment planning using 3-dimensional CT imaging and virtual surgical planning technology and careful coordination with your restorative dentist. Your dentist will prepare a provisional full-arch prosthesis to be secured at the very time the teeth are removed and the implants are placed. This prosthesis can function for several months. Once the implants are fully healed, a beautiful final prosthesis can be made to your exact desires for tooth size, color and position.

Walk in with dentures, and walk out with teeth. It sounds too good to be true, but it can be a reality for you. We have had great success with this treatment option, and it is gaining popularity quickly. It is the preferred treatment and is possible in most situations where all the teeth in an arch are missing. At your consultation, Dr. Stout will be able to determine if you are a candidate.

Actual patient treated with one stage extractions, immediate implants and immediate fixed restorations.

Dental Implant FAQ

How long does it take to complete treatment?

If you are already missing teeth or have hopeless teeth that need to be removed, it is often possible to remove teeth, place the implants and secure fixed provisional teeth all in one day. Once the implants are fully healed, a beautiful final prosthesis can be made to your exact desires for tooth size, color and position.

Many straightforward implant treatments can take just a few months to complete. If a complex treatment plan requires significant jawbone reconstruction, it can take as long as 16 months. Your particular case may involve several one or two healing intervals, which are critical for success. There is no point in rushing through the treatment steps only to end up with a compromised result.

At your consultation, we will review your treatment options and the expected time frame to complete your treatment.

How long do Implants last?

Implants last a long time. Under normal circumstances, dental implants can be expected to last about as long as natural teeth. The earliest implant patients have had over 45 years of success. Long term studies show over a 95 percent long-term success rate. The rate varies depending on the location within the mouth and density of the bone.

Do I have to go without teeth during healing?
You will never be forced to go with no teeth. You can wear temporary or provisional teeth during all healing intervals, replacing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth. Some ideal situations may even allow a temporary crown or implant bridge to be placed immediately after implantation.

Am I a good candidate?

Dental implants can improve the quality of life for almost everyone who is missing one or more teeth. If you desire to obtain the benefits of dental implants, you are probably an excellent candidate. Patients in their teens and in their 90s have been successfully treated. Your actual age is not a risk factor, and we never turn any patient away just because of advanced age.

Many of the factors that hurt success rates can be corrected before treatment. Smoking, poor oral hygiene, diabetes, severe osteoporosis, and certain medications are concerns that can be discussed at consultation. We also delay treatment on young children until the facial skeleton has completed growth.

How do I clean and maintain the health of my Implants?

As with natural teeth, it is important that you clean implants with a toothbrush, floss and other recommended aids. You should also visit your restoring dentist at least twice each year for hygiene and maintenance.

Does Dental Implant treatment hurt?

We can keep you completely comfortable throughout your treatment. Since most every procedure can be performed while you are sound asleep, the actual implant procedures are a breeze. Implant treatment usually causes only mild postoperative discomfort and only a day or two of down time. If more extensive bone grafting is performed, the recovery can be longer. We always prescribe medications to keep you comfortable after treatment.

What are the potential problems?

Complications are rare. An implant can become infected and may need to be removed, but after the site heals, another implant can usually be reattempted successfully. Grafted bone can also fail to heal properly and may require a revision or retreatment. A perfect esthetic result may be difficult to achieve, especially if the gum tissues have receded. Occasionally, we do touch up surgery to improve the gums surrounding the implant.

The general risks of dental implant surgery are similar to those described for extraction of teeth. There is a chance of minor complications such as infection, sinus floor injury, nerve injury (resulting in numbness), or prolonged recuperation. Serious complications are extremely remote, and the potential is related to your general health. The particular risks of your planned procedure will be discussed at your consultation.

How much do Dental Implants cost?

Every person’s situation of tooth loss is unique; so treatment needs are different for every person. It is not possible to estimate the treatment costs without a thorough examination (our consultations are complimentary if you do not have dental insurance). We will explain your treatment options and give you an estimate of your expected insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs. There will be no surprises. For treatment that involves several stages, the total cost does not need to be paid up front.

Since dental implant treatment involves procedures performed by Dr. Stout and your restoring dentist, you should be careful to make sure that you have an accurate estimate from both doctors who will be involved in your care. The treatment done by your restoring dentist will include fees for temporary and final implant restorations.

Dental implants are the most cost-effective treatment over the long term, even though dental implant costs are about 25%-30% higher than fixed bridges. Their exceptional reliability and remarkable long-term success rate of over 95% is vastly superior to fixed bridges, where eventual bridge failure requires the full cost (and often more) for retreatment. Unfortunately, a bridge failure often causes the loss of more teeth and a more compromised final outcome.

Does my insurance cover implants?
Certain dental insurance plans will pay benefits for implant surgical procedures, and some cover the restorative treatments only. Medical insurance will sometimes cover treatment to replace teeth that were lost due to accidents or tumors. We offer a complimentary benefits check and will assist you in estimating your out-of-pocket costs after we evaluate your insurance coverage.

How do I get started with Dental Implants?

We invite you to call us for an initial consultation in either:

Camarillo (805) 389-9500 or
Oxnard (805) 981-8144.

New patients are always welcome, and we do not require a referral from your dentist or your insurance company. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your needs and help you decide if dental implant treatment is right for you.

Dental insurance will generally cover the cost of your consultation. If you do not have dental insurance, your consultation is complimentary. If you do have insurance, we do a complimentary benefits check too.