Dental Implants in San Jose, CA
Do You Have Missing or Broken-down Teeth?
Chew Better and Have a More Beautiful Smile with Minimally Invasive Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw to act as an artificial replacement root for a missing tooth. The dental implant provides the support for a dental crown, a dental bridge or a denture.
Implant-supported replacement teeth feel, function and look very much like real teeth. Dental implants are by far the most durable, most long-lasting and most lifelike of all tooth replacement options.
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Bhave is a highly trained specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth. She is also highly trained and experienced in placing dental implants. Her combination of advanced skills allows her to perform all aspects of dental implant treatment in the comfort of our office.
Advanced Skills in Dental Implant Placement and Replacement Teeth
An important focus of Dr. Bhave’s specialist training as a prosthodontist was the creation and placement of durable, well-fitting and aesthetic replacement teeth on dental implants. In order to achieve cutting-edge skills in all aspects of dental implant treatment, Dr. Bhave additionally completed a year-long full-time training fellowship in dental implant surgery at Loma Linda University in Southern California.
Her combination of prosthodontic expertise and surgical skill gives her the ability to plan and execute every aspect of the treatment so your replacement teeth are aesthetically pleasing and have optimum bite alignment. Proper bite alignment is essential for long-term stability of your dental implants and replacement teeth.
Our Dental Implant Services
Dr. Bhave provides the following dental implant options for replacing broken-down or missing teeth:
- Implants to replace individual teeth
- Multiple implants to support a dental bridge replacing several teeth in a row
- Multiple implants to support a removable full-arch denture
- Multiple implants supporting a fixed-in, full-arch set of new teeth
- Implant-supported, fixed-in full-arch new teeth with All-on-4® New Teeth in One Day
Learn more about our options for replacing missing teeth.
Who are Candidates for Dental Implants?
Modern technology makes it possible for most patients to be able to receive implants successfully. In the past, patients who had experienced too much bone loss in their jaw were not eligible for implants, as implants require a certain amount of bone support to be stably anchored. Nowadays, when needed, Dr. Bhave can regenerate the lost bone using modern bone grafting procedures. Additionally, advanced techniques such as the All-on-4 New Teeth in One Day procedure can take advantage of already existing dense bone, removing the need for bone grafting at all.
Most patients can now receive implants even when they have health situations that formerly made implant placement too risky. This includes patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes or who smoke heavily. Dr. Bhave can work in close coordination with your physician as needed to ensure the success of your treatment.
There are no age limits on who can receive dental implants. The only exception would be young persons whose jaws are not fully developed.
Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation
If you have missing teeth or broken-down teeth that need to be replaced, take advantage of our special offer and see Dr. Bhave for a Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation. Find out if dental implants are the right solution for you and get your questions answered. Your visit will include:
- Comprehensive oral exam
- Necessary X-rays
- 3D CT scan, if needed
- Meet with the doctor
- Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants
- Get your questions answered
- Learn about treatment options
Usual value: $700
To make an appointment, call 408‑831‑0030 or click here to request an appointment online.
Our Dental Implant Procedure
Advanced Digital Diagnostics with 3D Imaging
Dr. Bhave starts with a comprehensive exam, digital X-rays and a dental 3D CT scan. The scanned images provide high-resolution 3D 360-degree views of your teeth, jawbone and the surrounding structures. She uses these images for precise treatment planning.
Computer-Guided Implant Planning
Using the 3D images in special planning software, Dr. Bhave maps out the exact position and angle of insertion of each implant. She takes care to place implants where they will be stable and in the best position to support the replacement teeth. She also plans out any bone grafting needed to ensure the implants have strong bone support.
Breakthrough Implant Placement Technique
Dr. Bhave uses a breakthrough implant placement technique, called osseodensification, that minimizes surgery while preserving bone and reducing healing time. It increases the stability of the implant, and as a result, the success rate of implant integration into the bone.
In osseodensification, Dr. Bhave uses special instruments to place implants that compact and densify bone rather than cutting it. Because no cutting is needed, there is no risk of fracturing the bone. Osseodensification can often eliminate bone grafting entirely, making the implant process faster. People with thin bone, such as a result of periodontitis, leaving teeth missing or dentures, can get implants without having to also get bone grafting.
Surgical Guides to Ensure Accuracy of Placement
Dr. Bhave manufactures and uses a surgical guide to aid in efficient, accurate and minimally invasive implant placement. A surgical guide is a template that fits over the dental arch and marks exactly where and at what angle to place each implant.
Sometimes broken-down teeth need to be extracted and replaced with an implant-supported restoration. Dr. Bhave is very conservative when extracting teeth. She removes teeth gently and in a way that preserves the maximum amount of surrounding gum and bone tissue. Her method speeds healing by minimizing any trauma or swelling. Extractions performed this way often reduce the amount of bone grafting needed to build up support for the dental implant.
Skilled Bone Grafting to Provide Proper Bone Support
If the bone level at the implant site is inadequate to ensure stability, Dr. Bhave places bone graft material at that location to regenerate the needed bone. She uses the latest materials and techniques to make bone grafting efficient and minimally invasive. In some cases, Dr. Bhave can place bone graft material at the same time as implant placement, eliminating the need for 2 separate surgeries.
For eligible candidates who need a full arch of teeth replaced, Dr. Bhave can provide implant-supported, fixed-in new teeth using a procedure that requires no bone grafting. Known as the All-on-4 procedure, patients can receive any needed extractions, have their implants placed and leave our office with a functional set of new teeth—all in the same day.
Implants and Functional New Teeth the Same Day
If the newly placed implant has adequate stability, Dr. Bhave places an aesthetic and functional temporary restoration (crown, bridge or denture) that will preserve your smile while your implant heals. If the implant is not stable enough to support a functional temporary, she will place an aesthetic and natural-looking cosmetic restoration that puts no pressure on the implant.
Your final restorations are placed once your implants have fully healed.
Your Beautiful New Teeth
Dr. Bhave is a specialist at designing and placing replacement teeth. She uses an excellent local lab that contains the latest technology and equipment who fabricates the restorations to her exacting standards.
Your new teeth will be aesthetic, durable and natural-looking. Dr. Bhave also has them created so they align optimally in your bite after they are placed. She will place your final restorations and make any adjustments needed until you are fully satisfied with their appearance and fit.
Keeping You Comfortable
Dr. Bhave and our staff treat your comfort as a top priority during your treatment. Dr. Bhave explains in detail what will happen in your procedures so you know what to expect and can feel at ease. Her injections are delivered in a manner that causes little to no unpleasant sensation. Her minimally invasive procedures reduce discomfort and speed healing time.
We have coffee and water in reception for your enjoyment. For your added comfort in the dental chair, we provide blankets, pillows and headphones for listening to music or TV programs coming from the monitor in your room. If you need extra help for anxiety, Dr. Bhave has oral conscious sedation available.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many benefits which make them the optimum form of tooth replacement for anyone eligible to receive them. First, implants are as strong as real tooth roots and create a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Replacement teeth supported by implants have close to the same chewing power as natural teeth. Traditional full and partial dentures provide only minimal chewing power.
Implant-supported individual teeth and dental bridges also prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting position and causing problems with bite alignment or chewing ability. Further, chewing with implant-supported teeth (which includes implant-supported dentures) creates the pressure on the jawbone required to preserve the jaw’s volume and density. Chewing with traditional dentures provides no such pressure and actually accelerates bone loss in the jaw.
Dental implants are longer-lasting than any other form of tooth replacement. Whereas dental bridges might last a couple of decades, dental implants, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime.
To make an appointment, call 408‑831‑0030 or click here to request an appointment online.