Dental Implants in Sunnyvale to Beautify Your Smile

Image of happy senior couple outdoorsWe know how challenging it can be to struggle with missing or damaged teeth. If you are seeking a treatment that smoothly fills gaps in your smile, dental implants may be what you’ve been looking for. Dr. David Li is an experienced implant dentist using Nobel®, Hiossen®, and Straumen® products, which are the top names in the industry. He continually updates his training and education to provide you with excellent care.

The practice of David C. Li, DDS, has proudly served the communities of Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Cupertino, CA, and the surrounding areas since 2004. Our experienced team always strives to offer you the personalized, focused dental care you deserve. Give our Sunnyvale office a call today to find out whether dental implants are right for you.

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What Are Dental Implants?

Illustration of dental implantA dental implant consists of a titanium post that supports a custom dental restoration. The posts are surgically placed within your jawbone to create an artificial tooth root. Your restoration is customized to enhance your smile’s aesthetic. Implants are crafted from titanium because of its ability to fuse with your jawbone efficiently. They are durable, long-lasting, and designed to last you a lifetime with proper maintenance.

Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a viable option for most people with missing teeth. Our friendly team discusses all the options available to you to ensure that this treatment improves your dental well-being. We discuss the following conditions with you before beginning the treatment:

Your Gum Health: If you currently have gum disease, we must treat your condition before beginning the implant process. Advanced gum disease can cause your jawbone to shrink over time, which can make your dental implants unstable.

Sufficient Jawbone: When you lack enough healthy jawbone, your implants may not fuse properly into place. If your jaw is brittle or weak, it may be possible to provide a bone graft or sinus lift to prepare for dental implants.

Medical History: Certain health conditions and medications can increase the risk of complications during and after your implant surgery. It is essential to discuss your relevant medical history with Dr. Li before the procedure.

Extractions & Ridge Augmentations to Support Your Dental Health

When possible, we try to preserve your natural teeth. If you have substantially damaged or decayed teeth, removing them may be best for your health. Dr. Li can perform tooth extractions to preserve your well-being. After extracting a tooth, we can discuss whether dental implants are appropriate to restore your smile.

We also offer ridge augmentation, which is a dental procedure that is performed immediately after an extraction. We place a small amount of bone graft material in the socket left by your extracted tooth, then seal your gum tissue over the socket. Ridge augmentation helps to maintain the natural structure of your jaw and gums and reduce bone loss. If you decide to have a dental implant-supported restoration later on, your bone will be ready for it.

What if I Don’t Have Enough Healthy Jawbone?

Even if you currently lack the healthy jawbone to receive dental implants, it may be possible after a successful ridge augmentation bone graft or sinus lift. A bone graft is a surgical procedure where Dr. Li attaches bone material to your jaw to increase your jawbone’s density. Doing so restores the strength of your jawbone, allowing it to support your implants and restorations. We can also perform sinus lifts, which are specialized bone grafts that restore your upper jawbone if it is too thin for dental implants.

Our Thorough Implant Process

Image of woman in dental officeDr. Li has over twenty years of practice and has performed countless successful implant and restoration placements. Our office uses a blend of advanced dental technology and the best techniques to plan out your implant surgery carefully.

We use a CBCT scan and dental imaging to map out your surgery and determine precisely where your implants should go. After thoroughly planning your treatment, our team carries out the surgical procedure with care. Once your implants are in place, we give your mouth time to heal. When you have fully recovered, your implants can be used to support a variety of dental restorations, such as dentures, bridges, and crowns.

Mini Dental Implants to Suit Your Needs

Should your situation call for it, we can place mini dental implants instead of the traditional version. Mini dental implants are smaller and can effectively anchor a single dental restoration, such as an implant-supported crown. Mini implants can replace smaller teeth or fit into gaps that would not accommodate a regular implant.

Immediate Dentures to Efficiently Replace Missing Teeth

Using immediate dentures, we can provide you with a full arch of comfortable, fitted teeth in one appointment. Instead of waiting for months, you can leave our office with a set of functional teeth. Immediate dentures offer you a beautiful new smile that you can take pride in.

Implant-Supported Restorations to Rejuvenate Your Smile

Image of implant supported bridgeWe offer multiple implant-supported restorations to smoothly fill gaps and beautify your one-of-a-kind smile. Our restorations include:

  • Implant-Supported Crowns are suitable for replacing a single tooth. Your replacement tooth is crafted according to the highest dental standards and matches your natural tooth color as closely as possible. The crown is securely fastened to your implant and can last for over a decade when properly cared for.
  • Implant-Supported Dental Bridges can replace several missing teeth with a combination of replacement teeth (pontics) and implant-supported crowns. The implant-supported bridge fills larger spaces between your healthy teeth. This improves your smile’s aesthetics and prevents your teeth from shifting.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures can replace up to a full arch of teeth with natural-looking prosthetics. If you still have healthy teeth, we can provide partial dentures to complete your smile. Full and partial dentures can be secured using implant posts.

Crafting Your Dream Smile with Dental Implants

At the practice of David C. Li, DDS, your satisfaction is our number one priority. Our team is excited to help you fall in love with your new smile. Get in touch with our Sunnyvale, CA, dental office today to make your appointment. 

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