Dental Implant treatment
rebuilding beautiful smiles
in santa barbara &
montecito, ca

What are my options for replacing missing teeth?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the right solution for you. Implants can restore the look and function of your smile and bite and also enhancing your overall oral health. Made of highly durable materials (titanium & ceramics), dental implants can last a lifetime, and seamlessly blend in with the rest of your natural teeth so you can smile with confidence & eat all the things you love.

Did you know…

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over dr. hlavaty's career
he has placed
thousands & Thousands of
dental implants.

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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 oral health 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 restoration 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  provide a detailed treatment plan and schedule your surgery appointment. 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 dentist will then clean and disinfect the area and suture it closed if necessary 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 will heal from the initial surgery within 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/scans of your bite. These 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 implants.

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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 dental implants is that they don’t require specialized 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.

Did you know…

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Unlike your natural teeth, dental implants will
never get a

Have questions about implant dentistry? Find answers here.

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How are dental implants made?

Dental implants are made of three main parts: the implant itself, which is a screw-shaped, surgical grade titanium “post”, and the restorative components, 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 has completed the placement of your dental implant, they will create impressions/scans of your teeth and gums to send to a dental lab.

The lab will use these impressions/scans to craft a long-lasting dental implant restoration. Most are crafted out of high-strength ceramics and surgical grade titanium. 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 attaching 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, possibly a lifetime. It’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. 

The restorations, 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 the regular abuse we put them through from chewing and biting. Over time, restorations will likely need to be replaced to keep your smile healthy and functional. People with clenching or grinding habits may wear out or damage their restorations in a shorter time unless a protective nightguard is worn.

Can dental implants get infected?

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Although it’s a rare complication, dental implants can develop gum infections in the exact same way as natural teeth. Known as “peri-implantitis,” a dental implant infection is generally the result of the implant not being kept clean or cared for properly after surgery. The bacteria contained in plaque & tartar can trigger bone loss around an implant if allowed to build up over time. We recommend regular brushing & flossing and cleanings at least twice a year to maintain the health of your implants. A water-pik is also a great tool to help keep the gums around your implant healthy & to protect your investment.

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. Losing a tooth stops this regular stimulation, causing the jaw bone to resorb over time.

Dental implants integrate directly into 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 restorations will typically be  temporary in nature to keep your bite functional until you have finished healing from your dental implant placement 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 will schedule a series of follow-up visits, to monitor your progress and to take impressions/scans of your teeth. These impressions/scans 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. 

Did you know…

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Titanium is durable, light, and biocompatible.

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