DENTAL IMPLANTS in los angeles
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
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. 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.
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.
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!
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?
A: Yes! Your teeth feature a custom-designed porcelain crown that perfectly matches the shade of your existing teeth. Patients often have difficulty distinguishing their natural teeth from their beautiful new teeth implants.
Q: Are there any age limitations?
A: 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. Younger than 18? Get in touch with our Brentwood, Los Angeles office for an expert opinion on what your best options are!
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 dental implant 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 dental implants. We also use an IV sedation method that is designed to help the patient relax and feel at ease. 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 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 dental implant surgery can be controlled with medications.
Q: When can I return to work after tooth implant surgery?
A: You can return to work after a dental implant procedure in Beverly Hills the following day unless a particular surgical circumstance arises. Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky will discuss all post-operative care instructions with you.
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!