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Dental Implants

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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent alternative to dentures for tooth restoration. Made of strong titanium or zirconium, dental implants are fused to the jawbone to function as the tooth’s root. They are then capped with a crown or bridge for complete, natural-looking tooth replacement.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Permanent solution for tooth loss
  • Improve chewing and speaking ability
  • Improve facial appearance
  • Replace one or more teeth without affecting the surrounding teeth
  • No special care or diet restrictions are required

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dental Implants

Dentures

Performance

Dental implants function and look just like natural teeth

Function like natural teeth but may slip or affect speech

Hygiene

No special cleansing routine is required

Must be removed to be cleaned

Comfort

Implants will feel no different than natural teeth

May cause irritation and mouth sores

Appearance

Look completely natural

Can look “fake” or unnatural

Durability

Very sturdy and secure within the jawbone

May warp under hot water; may break

Bone Loss

No risk of jawbone deterioration

Bone loss may occur over time

Longevity

Built to last a lifetime

May need to be repaired, replaced, or adjusted within 7 years

FAQ

How are dental implants placed?

The process of tooth restoration with dental implants occurs in three phases. The first phase includes placement of the implant, which remains covered beneath the gums for three to six months. During this healing time, the implant will naturally fuse to the jawbone. During the second phase, you will be fitted for an abutment and crown, which will take about two weeks to fabricate. After each of these two phases, you have the option of wearing a temporary tooth replacement. During the final phase, Dr. Sands will place your abutment and crown and ensure that your new tooth fits comfortably, looks natural, and meets your expectations.

Who are the best candidates for dental implants?

The best candidates for dental implants are in good oral and overall health and have sufficient jawbone to support the implant. Those who do not have adequate jawbone may qualify for over-the-bone dental implants. Since every case is unique, the best way to determine candidacy is to schedule a consultation.

How do dental implants prevent bone loss?

When a person loses a tooth, the jawbone in that area will deteriorate over time. Dental implants are the only tooth-restoration option that can stimulate the jawbone during regular chewing so that bone loss does not occur.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Dental implants are susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup just like natural teeth. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss each day, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings.

Can dental implants be removed?

Dental implants are meant to be permanent; however, removal is possible if needed.

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Request an appointment for a complimentary consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands, or feel free to call our Los Angeles (north of Orange County) office at (310) 273-0111 for more information.