DENTAL IMPLANTS in los angeles
Dental implants are one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, nearly three million people in the United States currently live with dental implants, and another 500,000 implants are placed annually. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are secured into the jaw to replace lost, missing or extracted teeth. These tooth roots support the permanent restorations, also known as artificial teeth, which complete patient’s smile and look, feel and function just like real teeth! Dental implants are the optimal solution for patients looking for a permanent option to replace missing teeth and to restore their smile and confidence!
Although life may encompass a lot of uncertainty, one thing is for sure; your ability to smile, laugh, speak and eat with a complete set of teeth is absolutely crucial to one’s ability to navigate day to day life. Dental implants are a permanent solution to sustain a functioning set of teeth and life-long comfort. Dental implants are an optimal solution for restoring a beautiful, healthy smile, and replacing the high-maintenance, inconvenient and messy routine needed to maintain dentures. With dental implants, patients receive a permanent tooth or set of teeth that function just as real teeth, to completely rejuvenate their smile, oral health and overall confidence!
Each patient has their own unique case, which is why no two dental implant cases are alike. At the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky provide personalized solutions and thorough care, coupled with an expert diagnosis and custom treatment plans to meet the individualized needs of each patient. Depending on each patient’s case, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky will correctly diagnose the patient to determine the best course of action to restore their smile and help the patient achieve optimal oral health.
Dental implants are a simple solution to replacing missing teeth. If you are looking to replace lost or broken teeth with permanent dental implants, you must maintain healthy gums and possess enough bone density to support the implant. For patients who experience bone loss where the bone is too weak to sustain multiple implants, you may require a bone graft, or could benefit from graftless solutions such as Zygomatic Dental Implants or the All-On-Four procedure.
WHAT TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES ARE THERE?
An Aesthetic & Medical Solution To Missing Teeth
A dental implant procedure is an intricate process that requires skill, expertise and a comprehensive understanding of the connection between the gum, teeth and underlying bone. Periodontists are dental experts who specialize in placing dental implants as well as periodontal disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, to help patients achieve optimal oral health and function. If you’re looking for permanent dental implants in Los Angeles, choosing a periodontist to perform your dental implant procedure is the best course of action to ensure you receive expert care and treatment. The dental implant procedure is a multistep process, where your periodontist will create a treatment plan based on your specific needs.
In the case of damaged, broken or missing teeth caused by periodontal disease and other factors, an extraction and implant procedure may be necessary to replace the old tooth or fill a gap. It is very important to treat affected areas and fill gaps in the mouth to prevent the adjacent and opposing set of teeth from shifting positions or causing further damage to the mouth.
Fully Edentulous Patients
Dental implants offer countless benefits for patients who are missing teeth or require dentures. They will increase your willingness to show off your smile. Patients quickly notice after receiving artificial teeth how beautiful their smiles are and how attractive their gums now appear. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky specialize in creating natural-looking dental implants in Los Angeles that match the look and feel of your actual teeth. Many patients cannot even tell the difference between their implants and original teeth. Additionally, implants improve oral comfort and speech in a way that traditional dentures do not. As a result, you will likely feel increased self-confidence when smiling or speaking at work or social occasions.
Tooth Replacement Procedure
Dental implants are fused to the bone and offer more stability than traditional bridges and dentures. During the procedure, the implant will be inserted into the jaw to replace the tooth root. While the implant heals, your periodontist will place a temporary crown until your beautiful, brand-new custom implant is ready for permanent placement.
Many patients sense greater security with artificial teeth than other procedures because they are secured into the jaw. In order to qualify for this procedure, you must have a set of healthy gums and enough bone to support the dental implant.
Further, because missing teeth aren’t very attractive and can affect a person’s confidence when smiling, dental implants can act as a restorative and cosmetic dental procedure. With today’s advancements in dentistry in Los Angeles, your single or multiple tooth implants will look and feel extremely natural, where most patients forget their tooth was even replaced! Check out our dental implant before-and-after gallery for a preview.
Brentwood periodontists Dr. Alexandre Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky are dedicated to helping their patients feel confident and comfortable, not only when they smile but also as they go about their daily lives.
An Aesthetic & Medical Solution To Missing Teeth
In addition to their many aesthetic advantages, dental implants offer a number of benefits for your oral health. Artificial teeth allow for the replacement of one or more teeth without affecting the bordering teeth. Additionally, implants can support a fixed bridge and eliminate the need for removable partial dentures. Because dental implants are easier to brush and keep clean than dentures or bridges, they may reduce your risk of developing gum disease in the future. Finally, implants can help preserve the integrity of your mouth and face by supporting gum and jawbone structure.
At the CENTER, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky thoroughly evaluate each patient to determine the best dental implant procedure. When you schedule a consultation at our Brentwood-area office, we will help determine the best treatment for you!
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
Contrary to the common misconception, most patients are candidates for dental implants. The ideal candidate is a patient who experiences good overall health and oral health. The ideal patient should have healthy gums with no signs of periodontal disease, adequate bone density to support the implants and good overall health. However patients who experience chronic illnesses, systemic complications, periodontal disease or bone loss may still be candidates for dental implants.
Even if you experience any of the above health conditions, you may still be a candidate for dental implants, as each case is unique and it depends on the severity of the condition. Accurate and thorough diagnosis is crucial in understanding which solution is right for you, and creating the proper treatment based on your specific needs. Patients who suffer from periodontal disease or experience bone loss, there treatments that can be performed to remedy such complications and restore damaged gum and tissue in preparation for permanent dental implants. Additionally, for patients who lack the bone density needed to support permanent implants, there are several graftless solutions that employ innovative techniques to utilize existing bone density, allowing patients to opt for permanent dental implants that will restore their smiles for life!
Dental Implant FAQs
Q: What are dental implants?
A: Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, either made of titanium or the holistic alternative, Zirconia, that are placed in the jaw bone and support permanent restorations to replace missing or extracted teeth. Once the implant is placed, it takes 3-6 months for the implant to fuse to the jawbone, also known as the osseointegration process, and the surrounding gum tissue to heal before a permanent artificial tooth can be fastened to the implant.
Q: Will my teeth implants match my existing natural teeth?
Q: Are there any age limitations?
Q: How often will I need to have checkups?
Q: Is the dental implant procedure painful?
Q: When can I return to work after tooth implant surgery?
Q: What if I want “metal-free” implants?
A: For patients who prefer non-metal implants, we offer holistic alternatives made of Zirconia, a type of ceramic. Zirconia implants possess a unique one-piece design, meaning the artificial tooth root and the abutment (the piece the replacement tooth is fastened to) are connected, in contrast to titanium implants which are two pieces. The biocompatible material offers the same strength as titanium dental implants, and Zirconia implants are also white in color, which may be a more aesthetically pleasing option for some patients, as the metal isn’t visible.
Q: What is All-on-4?
A: All-on-4® is a revolutionary procedure that restores a patient’s smile by replacing all missing teeth, either on the top, bottom, or both, utilizing a minimum of four implants, in one day. Patient’s leave with a complete set of teeth and a beautiful smile on the same day. This procedure is particularly beneficial for patients who experience bone loss, as it is a graftless solution that utilizes existing bone density and tilted implants to support the permanent restorations. Did you know Dr. Aalam was trained in Portugal by Dr. Paolo Malo, the founder of the All-On-4 technique? Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky are dental implant experts who provide life-changing results for their patients.
Q: How much do implants cost and does insurance cover the cost?
A: The cost of single and multiple dental implants in Los Angeles varies depending on each patient’s specific case. Elements including the number of teeth missing, whether a patient experiences bone loss and chooses a graftless solution or requires a bone graft, the type of implant chosen, and whether additional treatments such as gum grafts are needed can factor into the overall cost. The first step into understanding which treatment plan is best for you and receiving a quote is to schedule a consultation with your periodontist in Los Angeles to receive a proper diagnosis.
Q: What are the advantages of dental implants?
A: Dental implants replace inconvenient or non-permanent dental solutions (such as dentures). No more messy nightly soaks, or dental replacements needed when you choose to have a dental implant procedure. Permanent implants are extremely durable, as they won’t slip like traditional dentures and can last a lifetime with the proper maintenance. These permanent teeth will look, feel and function like your regular teeth, improving your ability to chew and speak without any impediments. Most patients opt for dental implants to restore their smiles, self-esteem, and confidence, so they enjoy a healthy smile, worry free!
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