Dental implant

Dental implants are an incredibly versatile tooth restoration solution. If you have lost one tooth or many teeth, our Los Angeles dental implant dentist may recommend dental implants for you. There are several options that can be customized to fit your needs.

Single implants
Individual implants replace individual lost teeth and are used with crowns. They are indistinguishable from natural teeth both in feel and appearance.

Multiple implants
If you are missing several teeth, you may opt for multiple implants, which can support crowns or bridges. Multiple implants are placed at several points in the jaw and help maintain proper spacing and bone density.

Mini implants
Mini implants are excellent options for those who are not candidates for conventional implants due to narrow jawbones or bone loss, and they can support dentures in those who have suffered complete tooth loss.

Full mouth implants
Full mouth implants are used with dentures or other restorations to replace both arches.

When you choose implants, you can use them with a variety of restorations. Single implants are typically used with dental crowns, but other types of implants can often be used with crowns, bridges or dentures depending on your needs. Call our office today to learn more about your options in dental implants or to schedule an appointment with our team.

Process of Getting a Dental Implant

Dental implantDental implants are one of the most reliable procedures in dentistry. Our dentist can use an implant to replace a single lost tooth or to help restore your entire smile. Regardless of the type of implant, the process is fairly similar.

1. Evaluation
Although most people with good dental and general health will be candidates for implants, an evaluation is needed to ensure your candidacy and develop a treatment plan.

2. Preparation
The implant site might need to be prepared with bone or gum grafts to improve the quality of the tissues in the area.

3. Placement
The implant is placed in a minor surgical procedure once the tissues have been numbed.

4. Healing
Once the implant is in the jaw, the gums will be sutured so that the bone can heal. This process is crucially important as during the healing process, the implant will become fused with the bone.

5. Abutment and restoration
The final step of the implant process involves the placement of the abutment, which connects the implant to the restoration, and finally the bonding of the crown.

Good dental hygiene will keep your implant and natural tissues as healthy as possible. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

What are All on 4 Implants?

Losing teeth once meant that you would need to wear dentures in order to be able to speak clearly and eat properly. Today, you have more options, including dental implants. Implants are used to stabilize restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. Our dentist restores implants using the restoration of your choice so that you can eat what you want confidently with teeth that look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.

All on 4 implants are a special type of implant technique. With this technique, four implants are used to stabilize a denture. The implants are placed at precise positions and angles to ensure maximum contact with the jawbone and excellent support for your new denture. The implants will keep your jawbone healthy and dense while restoring facial muscle tone. You will rediscover your smile confidence and quality of life.

With this type of restoration, you can get fully functioning new teeth in less time than traditional implants take and improve your smile quicker. Implants can last many years while eliminating the dental problems associated with lost and failing teeth, and they are just as easy to maintain as natural teeth are. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Agoura Hills.

Pros and Cons of Mini Dental Implants

Dental implantDental implants are the preferred treatment for tooth loss. For a variety of reasons, a patient may choose to receive mini dental implants.

Advantages of Mini Implants

• Small: The narrow diameter of a mini implant allows it to fit into spaces that are too small to accommodate a standard sized implant.
• Quick treatment: Mini implants can often be placed in a single appointment, in a procedure that is less invasive than that of standard implants.
• Short recovery: Since the procedure is not invasive, healing time is short.
• Cost: Mini implants are inexpensive compared to standard implants.
• Preserves bone: Mini implants prevent bone loss just like the root of a natural tooth. This avoids facial collapse, allowing patients to maintain the shape of their face.
• Comfortable: Ordinary dentures can slip or become uncomfortable. This is not the case when dentures are supported by implants, since these dentures are held in place by the implants.

Disadvantages of Mini Implants

• Requires sufficient bone: Mini implants require sufficient vertical bone to support them. Sometimes a bone graft can be used to build up bone if the amount of bone is not sufficient.
• Shorter shelf life of dentures: Dentures supported by implants require more care than regular dentures, and may not last as long.

To learn more about mini implants or to see if you qualify, contact our implants dentist in Beverly Hills.

How Mini Dental Implants Work

Dental implantThere are many options available in dentistry when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges, dentures, and implants all work to restore the look and functionality of your smile. Under certain circumstances, mini dental implants, or MDI’s, can also be used to the same effect.

Mini dental implants work slightly differently than typical dental implants. While single dental implants are used to replace one individual tooth, mini implants have multiple uses. They are often employed to stabilize the lower jaw if the patient has dentures that do not feel stable or form fitting. They are also used to replace pre-molar teeth, or teeth in narrow areas.

Some other important traits specific to MDI’s:

• They are approximately half the width of traditional dental implants, or about the size of a toothpick
• Not fully submerged into the gums when replacing a tooth in a narrow area
• If implant failure occurs, bone grafting will not be necessary
• Do not require a screw
• Less costly.

How your mini implants work depends on whether you need them to replace a tooth in a specific area, or if you require them to assist your dentures. If the former, they will likely be placed in a method similar to a regular dental implant. If the latter applies, four MDI’s will be inserted into your jaw bone, and a retaining fixture will be placed on top of the gums. The implants thus act as roots for the replacement teeth, and your dentures can now snap into place.

Feel free to talk with our Los Angeles dental implant dentist for more information.

Is Surgery Necessary for Dental Implants?

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If you are receiving a dental implant in order to replace a missing tooth, then you will need to do undergo at least one surgery. In some cases, additional surgeries may be required.

Dental implants require that a patient has enough strength and density in their jawbone in order to be able to support the implants. If you do not have enough support in your jawbone, then a bone graft surgery will first be necessary. It can take up to nine months to fully heal from this surgery.

Assuming a patient has enough support in their jawbone, the first surgery is the one in which our Los Angeles tooth implants expert will place the implant into your jawbone. At the start of this surgery, the doctor will make an incision into your gums at the point where the missing tooth was located. Once the bone is exposed, the doctor will drill a hole into it. The metal post portion of the implant will then be placed into this hole and covered back up. It can take several months to heal from this procedure.

If the abutment was already in place, then no additional surgery is needed. If the abutment needs to be attached, then there will be one more surgery required. Our expert in dental implant surgery in Los Angeles will cut the gum open again to reveal the implant. The abutment will then be attached, and the gum will be closed around the implant. The final step, regardless of the amount of surgeries, is for the implant to be topped off with a crown.

How to Find Out if You Are a Candidate for Dental Implants

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Most people in good health who have lost one or more teeth would be considered good candidates for receiving dental implants. There are a few notable exceptions, though.

As mentioned above, it is important to be in good health if you wish to have implants placed. Unfortunately, certain systemic conditions like uncontrolled diabetes or cancer may prohibit someone from being able to receive dental implants. The reason for this is because one or more surgeries are required to place the dental implants and these people may not be able to heal properly from these procedures. It is also true that if you suffer from uncontrolled gum disease, you would not be considered a good candidate. This is because your gums and bone would not be able to support the implants. If the gum disease is brought under control, then that same person may be considered a candidate once again.

Bad candidates for dental implant placement surgery include patients who have suffered jawbone loss. It is necessary for your jawbone to have enough strength and density in order to support dental implants. For these patients, a bone graft procedure can be done to supply them with adequate bone support. It usually takes several months to heal from this procedure before a patient is able to receive dental implants.

The best way to determine your candidacy is by consulting with a dentist. If you are interested in learning if you would make a good candidate, contact our tooth implants dentist in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.