Dental implants are fundamentally fixed, attached teeth that replace partials, bridges or dentures. An implant has titanium inserts that permanently attach to the bone. A prosthetic tooth is then attached to the implant. Implants are often favored over bridges due to the fact that they will improve your bite with no damage to the neighboring teeth. Treatment is usually completed three to five appointments over the time of 5 to 12 months.
The benefits of dental implants include:
- No damage to neighboring teeth
- Maintains jaw structure
- Looks identical and functions like natural teeth
- Helps with speech impairments and eating problems caused by missing teeth
- Improves confidence and gives a natural look
- No issues with loose dentures and bridge upkeep
What is the procedure for dental implants?
At our dental office located in Encino, CA, we begin with a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's medical/dental history and also make a full clinical examination of the entire mouth and missing tooth area. The clinical exam will also include specific X-rays. After assessing the patient, a treatment plan is created. From that point, we follow the treatment place and the dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone under local anesthesia.
The length of the healing time depends on the quality and quantity of bone. After adequate healing time has passed, the implant can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture.
Are there different types of dental implants?
Yes, several types are available. The American Dental Association has approved both endosteal and the subperiosteal implants. An important factor to be taken into consideration for selection of the kind appropriate for you is to determine whether your jawbone can adequately support the implant. Most dental implants placed are endosteal root form fixtures.
Contact our dentist office in Encino, CA to find out more about dental implants and to know if the procedure is right for you.
What to do before and after dental implant surgery
Our Encino dentist understands that dental implant surgery can make some patients very nervous. However, we invite you to relax and sit back while we make the experience the most pleasant dental visit you’ve had to date! We’ve developed these tips to keep in mind for before and after the dental implant surgery to make the appointment run even more smoothly.
Before and after dental implant surgery tips