If you are missing teeth, you may hesitate to flash a smile. You may also have trouble speaking or eating, which can greatly affect your quality of life. Fortunately, advanced dental implants can permanently restore your smile. These tiny titanium posts will support a custom-crafted restoration, and they are widely considered the most effective method of tooth replacement. With our advanced technology and meticulous treatment planning, we can ensure stunning results and long-lasting restorations.
Your bone and gums are vital to the success of your implants. Therefore, we will use our innovative imaging technology to examine your complete facial features. If you have suffered tissue recession, we may recommend a state-of-the-art bone or gum grafting procedure.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny posts, typically made of titanium, that mimic the root of a tooth. They are coated with hydroxyapatite, and, once placed inside your jawbone, they will integrate with the surrounding tissue. It usually takes about four months for the integration process to complete. When your bone has fully healed, one of our dental experts can affix your custom-fabricated dental restoration.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be right for you. They can be especially helpful if you have recently undergone an extraction, or if you are simply tired of the hassle of removable dentures. Unlike bridges or dentures, which are supported by the surrounding teeth, a dental implant rests directly inside your jawbone. Therefore, it is essential that you have a strong, healthy jaw. Dr. Reyhani or Dr. Hakimzadeh will closely examine your jaw structure using our advanced digital x-rays.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants help restore the appearance and function of your smile, providing strong and natural looking replacements. The implant post will fuse with your jawbone to ensure that your gorgeous new smile lasts for decades. The entire process may take several months to allow your bone and gums to heal. However, the finished product offers multiple benefits that improve could significantly improve your daily life. These advantages include:
- A dental implant can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. With these highly stable restorations, you will be able to eat comfortably and speak clearly again.
- Tooth loss can often cause jawbone degeneration. However, dental implants help prevent the deterioration of your jawbone, as well as dental misalignment. Not only will implants enhance your dental function and comfort; they will also prevent premature aging by upholding your facial features and eliminating the sunken look that can often come with missing teeth.
- Because implants are strong and fuse with your natural bone, they last longer than temporary options, such as dentures and dental bridges. You can also avoid messy adhesives and complicated cleaning.
- Because dental implants do not require support from surrounding teeth, they will not cause any damage or stress to these teeth.
Can Dental Implants Replace Dentures?
Yes. If you have healthy gums and adequate jawbone tissue, Dr. Hakimzadeh or Dr. Reyhani can place several dental implants, which will secure a full or partial dental prosthetic. An implant denture does not require adhesives, and it will not slip when you are talking or eating. Like many patients, you may be suffering from a reduced nutritional intake, due to your ill-fitting removable dentures. An implant-retained restoration can more fully restore your dental function, allowing you to eat a healthy, balanced diet.
How Will My Implant Dentures Work?
Traditional dentures require the use of adhesives and may slip occasionally. Implant dentures snap directly onto a series of implant posts. You will not have to use messy dental adhesive, and you will enjoy more complete dental functionality than you would with a removable restoration.
What Can I Expect during Implant Placement?
We will start by conducting a complete examination and smile evaluation. Using Digital x-rays, CT scans, and digital intraoral imaging, Dr. Hakimzadeh, Dr. Reyhani, and the team at Smile Makers LA will select the optimal areas for implant placement. They will insert between four and eight implants posts in your upper and/or lower jaw. Eventually, the implants will fuse with the bone and anchor the implants into place. This process, known as osseointegration, will typically take about four months. During this time, we will fabricate your implant dentures using both impressions and 3D images. Thanks to this advanced technology, as well as our ceramist’s aesthetic sense, your stunning new restoration will be virtually identical to natural teeth. As you heal, we will provide a temporary restoration. When your final denture is finished, we will check the fit for comfort and accuracy. Then we will attach your new prostheses to the implants posts. During a series of follow-up appointments, we will examine your bite and make any necessary adjustments. Thanks to our meticulous and personalized care, we can ensure that your implant-retained dentures provide the aesthetic and restorative quality you deserve.
How Do I Care for My Implant-Retained Dentures?
As with natural teeth, your implant dentures will require thorough cleaning, using a denture brush and toothpaste. If you can, try to find the time to remove and clean your dentures following every meal. In addition, always brush your implant dentures at least once before you go to sleep. Plaque can form on your prostheses, causing stains and compromising your oral health. Finally, soak your dentures each night. Dr. Hakimzadeh and Dr. Reyhani can provide further instruction on caring for your implant-retained dentures.