ental Implants in Stockton, California
Experienced and Specialty Residency Trained Dental Implant Providers
At Millennium Dental in Stockton, California, we have a father and son team of Dental Implant providers. Dr. Ramon Chicchon is a seasoned dentist with many years of dental implantology experience. His son, Dr. Ivan Chicchon, received formal training as a certified specialist. After receiving his dental license, Ivan studied at the University of Michigan for 3 additional years in a residency to learn the latest techniques in implant dentistry and prosthodontics.
They work as a team, bringing both of their unique experiences and expertise to produce quality dental results for their patients. Together in their state-of-the-art Stockton office, they treat highly complex cases including full arch dental implants and Teeth-in-A-Day procedures. They also treat simple cases such as a single dental implant to replace one missing tooth.
We use the latest technology in our practice including Guided Implant Surgery, 3D Imaging, and Zirconium Prosthetics. You can rest assured that we obtain our implants from high quality and reputable implant manufacturers including Nobel Biocare and Neoss Dental Implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that serve as anchors for replacement teeth. When a patient is missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the most permanent (and often the most comfortable) solution.
Do you have any of these questions?
Do I need dental implants?
Why do I need to replace the missing tooth?
What are my options for replacing my missing tooth?
The following video can help you answer these questions and help you gain a better understanding of dental implants.
Steps for Dental Implants
The first step in the dental implants process for our Stockton dental patients is a consultation with Dr. Chicchon, during which all possible tooth replacement options will be discussed. To be a good candidate for dental implants, the dental patient must have sufficient bone in his or her jaw to support the implants. Once it is determined that the patient is a good candidate for dental implants, Dr. Chicchon will surgically implant the titanium screws that serve as anchors into the patient's jaw. The next step in the dental implants process will occur three to six months later, after the titanium tooth roots have completely fused to the patient's jaw bone. Once this has occurred, the patient can return to our Stockton restorative dentistry office where Dr. Chicchon will fit the custom-crafted replacement teeth onto the patient's artificial tooth roots.
Full Arch Dental Implant Options
Many of our Stockton dental implant patients prefer permanent dental implants over traditional removable dentures for several reasons. Dental implants are nearly indistinguishable from a patient's natural teeth, unlike dentures which look artificial. While traditional dentures need to be removed nightly for cleaning, dental implants are a permanent tooth loss solution. Dental implants also allow patients to feel more comfortable while speaking and eating because dental implants are permanently affixed to the patient's jaw and won't shift or slip as with traditional dentures.
This is an example of one of our beautiful implant bridges, using the All-on-Four protocol. Below are the various options for replacing a full arch of missing teeth.
The Implant Bar Overdenture
In this option, four implants are placed in the jaw and after healing they are connected with a metal bar. The denture is made to "snap-on" to the bar. This significantly improves support for the denture, allowing you to bite much stronger and essentially immobilizing the denture during all movements. This treatment is available for the upper and/or lower jaws.
See a youtube video of this treatment: Implant Bar Overdenture
The 2 or 4-Implant Overdenture
In this option, 2 to 4 implants are placed in the jaw and a denture is made to snap into the individual implants. Although the function of the implants is mainly to retain the denture (keep it from falling out) there is a little bit of extra bite-force gained from the additional implants. There is no metal bar connecting the implants so it will not be quite as stable as the Implant Bar Overdenture option. The denture still relies on covering a large surface area of your gums for support. This type of treatment is available for the upper and lower jaws.
4-Implant Overdenture YouTube video
The Acrylic-Titanium Hybrid
This prosthesis is called a hybrid because it is essentially made up of two distinct materials: the acrylic teeth and gums, and an underlying titanium framework. While standard denture teeth are used in this prosthesis, an acrylic hybrid will fell significantly stronger than a regular denture because it is tightly secured to several implants. It is not removable by the patient but the dentist can remove it as needed. This is a relatively cost-effective choice for patients who want teeth that feel natural and allow them to bite harder.
Acrylic-Titanium Hybrid YouTube video
The Veneered Procera Implant Bridge (PIB)
The Veneered Procera Implant Bridge consists of a zirconium base over which a highly esthetic layer of porcelain is applied. The porcelain adds translucency, depth, and color tones to the opaque zirconium. The biting surfaces are in zirconium to minimize tooth wear or fracture of porcelain. The PIB is a combination of durability and a beautiful porcelain finish.
Veneered Procera Implant Bridge YouTube video
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How do I know if I am a candidate for Dental Implants?
A: The main consideration for determining if you are a candidate for dental implants is the amount of bone available at the site of the missing tooth. There has to be enough bone to place a dental implant at the location. If there is not enough bone volume, we can often remedy this with a bone grafting procedure. The bone grafting procedure can often be performed at the same time as the implant procedure. Another consideration we will take into account is your medical history. If you have uncontrolled medical issues that affect wound healing, these might interfere with the integration of the dental implant.
Q: What is the dental implant procedure?
A: Most dental implant procedures can be performed under local anesthetics. Once you are numb, the site of the implant is prepared using specialized instruments that create the perfect site for the implant to be screwed in. Using a ratchet instrument, the sterile implant is inserted and tightened. After the implant is placed, the bone must heal around the implant for a few months before placing a final restoration. Sometimes, it is possible to place a temporary restoration on the same day of surgery.
Q: Who places the dental implants?
A: Both Dr. Ramon or Dr. Ivan Chicchon are our dental implant surgeons. The have extensive experience in placing and restoring dental implants. Because the entire procedure is done in-house, you can depend on a perfectly coordinated treatment from start to finish.
Q: What type of maintenance schedule do I need if I get dental implants?
A: Usually we would still like to see you for a regular 6-month recall schedule. Depending on your current oral health condition including the health of the remaining teeth, we may recommend a more frequent recall schedule.
Q: What if I don't live in Stockton?
A: We have patients who visit us from all over the California Central Valley and Bay Area for their dental implant treatment and some who even fly in from out of state. If you are coming from far away from Stockton, it may be beneficial to have a phone consultation first to understand exactly what you are looking for. Then we can be well prepared for your first visit and save you time. If you are from out of California, we are situated about 10 minutes from the Stockton Aiport.
Get Started Today
If you are interested in learning more about your tooth replacement options, especially dental implants, contact our Stockton office at 209.952.3951 to schedule your implant dentistry consultation with Drs. Ivan or Ramon Chicchon at our office in Stockton today.