Dental implants are a permanent way to restore beautiful, natural looking teeth. They are more cosmetically appealing than full or partial dentures. They also eliminate the messy gels, nightly soaks and bad odors associated with dentures. An implant is simply an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Your new teeth implants in Los Angeles will blend in naturally with the rest of the teeth in your mouth, and you will be showing off a sparkling and healthy smile.
Dental Implants: An Aesthetic and Medical Solution to Missing Teeth
Gaps formed by missing teeth can cause periodontal disease and infections that may affect a person’s ability to eat or speak. It is very important to fill in any gaps to prevent the adjacent and opposing set of teeth from shifting positions or causing further damage to the mouth. Gaps are also not very attractive, and therefore artificial teeth act as a restorative and cosmetic dental procedure. With today’s advancements in dentistry, your tooth implant will look and feel extremely natural, and most patients forget the tooth was replaced. Check out our dental implant before-and-after gallery.
Los Angeles 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.
Single implants are a great way to bring your smile back to life. If you are missing a single tooth, an implant and a crown can be used to restore your beautiful smile. With a dental implant, both the lost natural tooth and its root are replaced.
A dental implant looks and functions exactly like a natural tooth without sacrificing the health of the neighboring teeth (for example, a tooth-supported bridge will require the grinding of two neighboring teeth to fit three crowns splinted together). Heavy grinding might require the need of root canals on the abutment teeth, and teeth splinting makes it difficult to for patients to floss and clean, heightening the chances of gum disease or decay.
With a dental implant, the bone is better preserved because the root is replaced. A patient’s flossing capability is maintained since the missing tooth is replaced with a single implant/crown. More importantly, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky will not harm the neighboring teeth by grinding them down and attaching crowns to them. The true value of a single tooth implant is the preservation of the natural dentition.
In addition, because implant-supported bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved, offering better long-term results. Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, which keeps the bone healthy and provides results that are beautiful, functional, and comfortable.
Fully Edentulous Patients
For patients who are missing all of their teeth, multiple implants can be used for full dental restoration. Because implants are secured into the jaw, fully edentulous patients experience greater security than with artificial teeth or dentures. Good candidates for multiple implants have a healthy set of gums and enough bone to support multiple implants.
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 can not 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.
In additional 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 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, these 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 can help determine the best treatment for you.
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 implant.
Learn more about endosseous implants from WebMD.com.
Bone Grafting – Bone grafting is a specialized periodontal procedure to reestablish lost jawbone tissue in preparation for sinus augmentation, socket preservation, ridge augmentation, or regeneration.
Sinus Augmentation (Sinus Lift) – A sinus augmentation increases the height of the bone so reconstructive work such as dental implants can be performed while protecting the sinus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will my teeth implants match my existing natural teeth?
A: Yes! Your teeth feature a custom-designed porcelain crown that exactly matches the shade of your existing teeth. Patients often have difficulty distinguishing their natural teeth from their beautiful new implant.
Q: Are there any age limitations?
A: No, there is no age limit for artificial teeth. Any person over the age of 18 can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implant.
Q: How often will I need to have checkups?
A: The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They need to be professionally cleaned and examined once every three to six months. Also, brushing and flossing daily is absolutely necessary for long-term maintenance of your teeth, as well as maintaining overall systemic health. We offer periodic educational seminars on how to maintain healthy gums and increase total oral health.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: No, it is not. We are dental implant experts. We pride ourselves on pain free and gentle treatment. An effective local anesthetic is used during the procedure so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants. We also use an IV sedation method that is designed to help the patient relax and feel completely comfortable. This sedation works quickly and completely relaxes the patient and eliminates any stress or anxieties. Although this method does not induce sleep, the patient will feel completely relaxed and the periodontist will be able to accomplish a higher level of dentistry in a shorter amount of time. The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medications.
Q: When can I return to work after surgery?
A: You can return to work the following day, unless a particular surgical circumstance arises. Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky will discuss all post-operative care with you.
Learn More About Dental Fixtures
Do you need a periodontist for dental implants in Los Angeles? Contact Dr. Alexandre Aalam or Dr. Alina Krivitsky at the CENTER today by calling (310) 299-8329 and speak to an advanced periodontist to ask about our how implants can improve your smile and oral health!
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