For many, the thought of getting a dental implant sounds like an incredibly painful experience. However, with careful planning and the proper amount of time allotted to healing, dental implants are a very effective and permanent solution to missing or damaged teeth. Our tooth implants dentist in Beverly Hills is an expert in ensuring complete satisfaction with your new dental implants.
A dental implant is a fixture that is inserted into the jawbone to act as an anchor for an artificial crown. It is very important for patients to care for their implants and receive follow-up evaluations at the dentist to ensure they remain healthy. Beyond regular brushing and flossing, routine inspection at your dental office will make certain that there are no calcified deposits around the implant. It is always ideal to receive regularly scheduled cleanings and check-ups to detect any potential health risk early on. Certain risks involved in dental implant surgery are nerve damage, sinus problems, potential infection, or damage to surrounding structures such as other teeth. It is important to discuss dental implants and their risks with your dentist in great detail prior to deciding if implants are right for you.
Commitment to your smile usually comes with a price tag, and some people balk at getting implants when they’re quoted the per-tooth price. Based on where you live and the specialist you see, this quote will vary. But dental implants deserve consideration for being the best—no other restoration gets as close to how natural teeth look and function.
Remember, implants are a surgical procedure. Ideally your specialist will have both a high degree of training and experience with implants. That combination doesn’t come cheap. Also remember that on top of its surgical nature, the procedure involves a tiny space that leaves very little margin for error. Mere millimeters of difference can cause the implant to fail.
There may be other variables with your implant. For example, patients with dental phobia may require sedation dentistry. And if you have low bone density or require a sinus lift, your price will go up significantly.
Our expert in dental implants in Beverly Hills invites you to consider implants as an investment in your future. Smile design is always forward-looking, and wants to keep your later years as attractive as your younger ones. With proper care, implants last decades.
Call our office for more about the cost of dental implants.
Approximately 3 million Americans already have dental implants, so you should not think of it as exclusive. Almost any healthy patient without congenital defect can qualify, as long as you are neither too young nor too old. Implants are not recommended for adolescents, whose facial bones are still growing, or for the very elderly, who may lack sufficient bone density.
In fact, bone depth is the major concern for most patients. If you have suffered excessive resorption or dental relapse over the years, your jaw may not be strong enough for implants. Ask your tooth implants dentist in Beverly Hills for a list of health conditions that may preclude your candidacy. Such a list might include, but would not be limited to, the following:
• Any autoimmune disorder
• History of heart disease
• History of smoking
• History of cancer treatment, especially radiation to the head/neck area
• Immune deficiencies
In addition, dental implants are not appropriate for pregnant women.
Implants are a lovely way to bolster your smile in the events of trauma, illness, or aging. They replace missing teeth with a more solid base and a better visual experience than traditional dentures.
Ask your dentist if you qualify.
Dental implants are the preferred restoration for replacing missing teeth. Some patients seek treatment for multiple missing teeth, creating gaps in different parts of the mouth. Dental implants can be used for multiple missing teeth in several different ways.
For missing teeth that are in different areas of the arch, individual dental implants can be placed. This is a process that often takes several months. A hole is created in the jawbone to make room for a titanium post. This post will need time to heal and fuse with the jaw bone tissue. Once that is complete, the patient will return to cap the post with an abutment and crown. Our Beverly Hills implants doctor can likely perform this process for both missing teeth at the same time.
Dental implants can also be used for dental bridges. If three or more teeth are missing in a row, dental implants can be placed on either side of the gap to support pontics, or artificial teeth. The implants will be placed in the same way as they are to replace individual teeth, but are also attached to pontics in between.
Our expert in multiple teeth dental implants in Beverly Hills will inform you during a consultation appointment if you are a good candidate for this option.
Dental implants are considered the class of restorative dentistry. They look so good, they qualify doubly as a cosmetic procedure, which means most insurance providers will not pay for them. You need to know all the factors, fiscally and otherwise, before committing to implants.
You can expect to pay around 50 percent more for implants than for the equivalent fixed bridge. This can be a bit confusing, as implants are often used in bridges as well. But dental implants that are just used to replace teeth are priced per tooth, and that price can be as much as several thousand dollars.
The cost of dental implants is in two parts: the titanium root, which is the implant proper, and the crown and screw system that complete it. It is almost better to think of a dental implant as an artificial tooth root, rather than an artificial tooth. But the two-part system is the strength of the implant, and makes it both more functional and more attractive than the other options.
Ask your tooth implant dentist in Beverly Hills for more about the risks and rewards of this procedure.
Dental implants are typically placed in an outpatient procedure. They heal and fuse to the jaw bone over a period of several weeks or months. Our dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions to help you take care of both your implants and your teeth during the healing period. You may need to avoid certain foods and activities to reduce the risk of disrupting the healing implants and increasing the risk of complications.
Some things to avoid include:
1. Hard or crunchy foods
A softer diet is recommended to avoid injuring the implant site. Do not use a straw for about a week.
2. Delaying or skipping doses of medicine
If you are prescribed antibiotics or pain medication, take these exactly as prescribed. The entire course of antibiotics should be completed.
3. Overdoing it
Your daily activities can be enjoyed as tolerated, but avoid strenuous exercise immediately after surgery.
4. Skimping on dental hygiene
A clean mouth is critical to healing. Use the recommended mouthwash as prescribed. Brush your teeth as directed, but avoid the surgical site until cleared to clean that area.
Once you have healed, your implants will function just like your other teeth. However, you do still need to care for them with good dental habits. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental implants in North Hollywood.
Damaged and decayed teeth have lost critical tooth structure, making them weaker and prone to more damage. They must be restored to protect them from further damage and help them remain strong so that they can continue to function as they should. Our dentist in North Hollywood can help you decide on the best restorations for your dental health.
Fillings are the most conservative restoration and are used when teeth have small cavities, chips, or similar types of damage. The decayed tissue is cleaned, and the filling is used to build the tooth back up to its original size and shape.
A tooth may require a crown if it has a large filling, several fillings, a break, or a fracture. A porcelain crown is made to look just like a natural tooth and covers from the gum line to the cusp. It requires more extensive preparation, but once in place, can protect your tooth for many years.
3. Dental implants and dental bridges
If a tooth is lost or needs to be extracted it will need to be completely restored. Dental bridges and dental implants are two common options. They can not only restore the look of your smile, but enable you to eat comfortably and easily.
Call us to learn more about restorative dentistry and to schedule your appointment.