Dental Implants

James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stockton, CA

Over 3 million Americans choose dental implants to substitute for damaged teeth. Functioning in the same way as natural teeth, dental implants can effectively fill gaps or address the damage. Located in Stockton, California, the team at James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS is committed to providing families all over San Joaquin County with the most up-to-date dental implant technology. To learn more about whether dental implants are right for you, go online or call the office today to make an appointment.

Dental Implants Q & A

James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement teeth installed using metal posts.

Through a minor surgical procedure, Dr. Van Sicklen places them directly into the jawbone through metal posts.

They’re primarily made of titanium, a material that your teeth and bone recognize as familiar. This ensures that they integrate seamlessly with your body without being identified as a foreign object.

The metal posts function as future homes for your replacement teeth and ensure an adaptive and stable fit that won’t impact the surrounding area.

Dental implants are highly efficient alternatives to bridges or dentures. They’re self-sufficient — they don’t rely on adjacent teeth for support.

When do you need a dental implant?

Dr. Van Sicklen recommends that you consider getting a dental implant if you experience any of the following:

  • Unprovoked and lingering tooth pain
  • An acute toothache
  • Swelling in the gum
  • Tooth instability

Dr. Van Sicklen evaluates your overall health and dental history before suggesting dental implants. He also looks at the density of your jawbone to make sure the affected area can support the implant without complications.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implant procedure can take several months to complete. This is because it’s important that the affected area has enough time to heal in between stages.

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the procedure:

  1. The damaged tooth is extracted.
  2. Your jawbone is prepared for surgery. This might require bone grafting, which involves transplanting bone tissue from other parts of your mouth.  
  3. The metal root implant is placed.
  4. You’re given time to heal.
  5. The abutment, which holds the crown, is placed.
  6. Your replacement tooth is created.
  7. Your new tooth is installed.

The healing period varies from person to person. It’s important to take the requisite time to avoid problems down the line.

Are there side effects with dental implants?

Although side effects of dental implants are unlikely, they might include:

  • Infection of the implant
  • Damage to the adjacent area
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus issues

Should your dental implants get damaged, Dr. Van Sicklen also offers dental implant restorations.

Get in touch with James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS today by phone or online to learn more about whether dental implants are the right course of action for you.