Dental Implants - Shelley Kaur DDS
Shelley Kaur, DDS provides placement of dental implants for patients in the El Dorado Hills and the surrounding communities. Dr. Shelley's goal is to provide the highest standard of care in creating exceptional results with minimal discomfort. We will work closely with your restorative dentist to create a highly aesthetic and functional result.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots should be attached firmly to the bony jaw and keep your teeth stable when chewing or eating.
Traditionally, if a patient was missing a tooth or if one needed to be removed, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down to secure anchors for a dental "bridge".
Dental implants are the modern alternative. Dr. Shelley uses advanced cone beam technology (CBT) to surgically place a dental implant into the jaws to replace your missing tooth root. This implant then heals and becomes anchored or "integrated" into your jaw like a natural tooth root. Once this healing is complete, Dr. Shelley will place a crown onto your artificial root that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
Quite simply, dental implants are the best and most natural replacement for missing teeth.
Advanced Dental Imaging
One key to dental implant safety and success is through the use of advanced digital imaging. Digital scanning with Cone Beam CT, or CBCT, allows us to take three-dimensional, high-resolution CT scans of your facial anatomy.
At Shelley Kaur DDS we utilize CBT technology from KaVo OP 3D that allow Dr. Shelley to view these images from different angles, take precise measurements, and share this data with other doctors or a dental lab. A CBCT ensures that every possible precaution has been made to reduce the risk of complications during surgery by avoiding nerves in the lower jaw and the sinuses and nose in the upper jaw.
Until recently, CT scans were only performed in hospitals or medical facilities. Our office is one of the very few in California with the latest in digital CT scanning.
Does the Dental Implant Procedure Hurt?
The discomfort involved with dental implant surgery is generally mild and very well tolerated. It is often done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure. Additional anesthesia options are available for those who may feel more anxious.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Once dental implants become integrated or anchored to the jawbone, they can last for many years. With good oral hygiene and regular maintenance care, dental implants can last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a fixed bridge prosthesis or a traditional denture is significantly less.
Schedule A Dental Implant Consultation
For more information about our dental implant restorations and to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist, contact Shelley Kaur DDS today at (916) 939-6900. We'll give you a reason to keep smiling!