Make Your Smile A Priority

More than 178 million Americans struggle with missing or failing teeth. If you find yourself among that group, it’s likely you’ve experienced some sort of discomfort, either physically or socially. 

If you’re struggling with missing teeth or the downsides of conventional dentures, the good news is you have far more options today than ever before. Dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that fuses with underlying bone over the course of several months. Once they integrate with your jawbone, dental implants function like the roots of biological teeth to provide strong support for replacement crowns. 

Dental implants are the most versatile tooth replacement because they can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full arch lost to trauma, decay, or gum disease. From single implants to removable and fixed implant supported dentures, our implant dentist Dr. Lori Ross Tijerino provides a wide range of dental implants in Livermore, CA that will restore your smile, health and quality of life!

Make Your Smile A Priority

Choosing Between Fixed And Removable Teeth

In general, the two options for replacing missing teeth are fixed and removable. Although dentures may seem like a cost-effective and quick solution to remedy tooth loss, they come with downsides. Dentures can fall out, click, or slip and require messy adhesive and removal for cleaning. Gum tissue irritation and trouble eating, and speaking are common issues experienced by conventional denture wearers. 

Because dentures sit on top of your gums, they don’t stimulate the underlying bone. Bone loss progresses unchecked and can lead to the characteristic “sunken-in” look many people associate with dentures. Implants for dentures are an upgrade that eliminate many of these issues. Removable implant supported dentures in Livermore, CA stabilized by two or more dental implants can restore 60% of dental function. Implant supported dentures can also be designed as a fixed prosthesis that is only removable by a dental professional. If you’re looking for permanent dentures, the latter is your best option.

Full mouth dental implants in Livermore, CA consist of a fixed prosthetic bridge of teeth permanently supported by four to eight dental implants. Unlike dentures, full mouth dental implants stimulate bone growth and prevent undesirable changes to your facial structure. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, full mouth dental implants are designed to be long lasting. They’re more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, thereby restoring over 98% of function and enabling you to eat all the foods you love. Denture implants have changed the way dentist restore smiles in less time thanks to the decrease in invasiveness and cost.

Traditional Dentures

Traditional Dentures

Made from acrylic (plastic)

Offers minimal support

Will need relines and repairs

Often loosens or falls out

Does not halt jawbone loss

Must be removed to clean

May be bulky or ill-fitting

Low-cost treatment option

Qualifies for dental financing

Implant Supported Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures

Made from acrylic or porcelain

Support from 2+ implants

May need relines or repairs

Won’t slip, loosen, or fall out

Greater stability for eating

Removable for easy cleaning

Improves jawbone health

May not look or feel natural

Moderate treatment cost

Qualifies for dental financing

Traditional Dentures

Traditional Dentures

Designed from block of zirconia

Fixed to 4-8 implants

Comparable to natural teeth

Restores over 98% function

Promotes healthy jawbone

Resistant to bacteria and decay

Fracture- and chip-resistant

Improves oral and overall health

Cared for like natural teeth

No additional maintenance

Highest treatment cost

Qualifies for dental financing

An Experienced Dentist Makes A Difference

An Experienced Dentist Makes A Difference

When making the decision to get dental implants to replace missing teeth, it’s important to choose a professional with years of advanced training, in-depth knowledge of oral structures and extensive restorative expertise. Our implant dentist Dr. Lori Ross Tijerino received advanced training, participates in continuing education specific to dental implant techniques and has vast expertise placing dental implants in Livermore, CA. You’ll also benefit from our state-of-the-art technologies, including dental implant surgery guided by precision digital software. 

With personalized treatments at Sycamore Family Dentistry, we customize a tooth replacement solution that precisely fits your smile goals, oral health needs and budget. Our treatment process is straightforward and efficient. The first step is a personalized consultation and evaluation by Dr. Lori Ross Tijerino in Livermore, CA. While most patients who come to us are ideal candidates for full mouth dental implants, bone loss or gum disease require preliminary treatments to enable receiving dental implants. You’ll walk out of our office with a clear understanding of all the steps involved in your smile journey—from the cost of care—to clinical information specific to your unique smile restoration.

On the day of your implant placement, we offer several anesthesia options for your ultimate comfort. Dr. Lori Ross Tijerino may be able to extract remaining teeth and perform bone grafting during this same appointment. Small incisions are made in your gums, then the required number of implants are placed underneath your gums in preplanned sites in your jawbone. At Sycamore Family Dentistry, we use a top-rated guidance system that ensures each implant is placed at the exact angle, depth and location in your jaw with the densest bone for optimal long-term function.

Multiple dental implant model