Dental Implants in Beverly Hills, CA
If you need tooth restoration, dental implants are an excellent and permanent solution that can restore the functionality and appearance of your teeth. Strong titanium or zirconium dental implants can be fused to the jawbone and then capped with a crown or bridge to look and operate like natural teeth.
Dr. Sands is committed to providing you with a beautiful and healthy smile that looks and feels entirely natural. With dental implants, you can achieve exactly that. You and those around you won’t see a difference between your implants and your natural teeth.
What Can Dental Implants Fix?
Missing TeethA tooth may be extracted due to extensive tooth decay, knocked out and lost in an accident, or simply “absent” due to a genetic abnormality. Missing teeth negatively affect the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth.
A dental implant looks and acts just like a normal tooth, providing a permanent solution that is incredibly durable. Dental implants are designed to blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth for optimal form and function.
Issues With Speech & EatingGaps, where one or more teeth are missing, may interfere with essential tooth functions such as speaking or eating. You may not be able to pronounce specific words or completely chew your food.
Dental implants can fill in these gaps to restore complete functionality to your teeth, erasing gap-related issues with speech and eating. An additional benefit is that dental implants require no special dietary restrictions, which allows you to eat whatever you like.
Gap-Toothed SmileA single gap between two teeth or a smile that is riddled with multiple gaps can present a less attractive image of you to those around you. Being dissatisfied with your smile can also negatively affect your self-confidence and happiness levels. This may even lead you to hide your smile.
Dental implants can give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile that you can be proud to show off with complete confidence.
Dentures can break and may even warp under hot water, requiring regular repairs and replacement. Conversely, implants are directly fused to the jawbone and are extremely sturdy and secure.
Implants may not be suitable for patients who routinely grind their teeth. If bruxism (teeth grinding) is a concern, a tooth guard may help while sleeping.
No Jawbone Loss
Dentures offer no protection against deterioration of the jawbone, and therefore, bone loss may occur over time. This bone loss can affect your smile and even the shape of your face, giving you a prematurely aged appearance. Because implants are fused to the jawbone, they prevent deterioration and bone loss.
While dentures often need to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced within only seven years, dental implants are designed to last an entire lifetime. Dental implants will not require repair or replacement unless your teeth are subject to significant injury. This can save both time and money.
What Should I Know About Dental Implant Surgery in Beverly Hills?
The Procedure Process
The tooth restoration process with dental implants requires three phases:
- Phase 1: The titanium or zirconium implant is placed into the jawbone to serve as the tooth’s root. The implant remains covered beneath the gums for three to six months, during which time it fuses to the jawbone.
- Phase 2: You are fitted for an abutment and crown, which takes two weeks to fabricate. You may be given a temporary tooth replacement to wear in the meantime.
- Phase 3: Dr. Sands will fix your abutment and crown to the implant, carefully ensuring that your tooth fits comfortably, looks natural with your smile, and meets your expectations.
Dental implants are built to last a lifetime and produce a natural-looking smile that looks and functions beautifully. Their long-term value far exceeds that of other tooth restoration methods, and there is no question that they are a worthwhile investment.
The precise cost of dental implants in Beverly Hills will vary according to the patient’s needs and the extent of correction required. Some insurance companies may cover a portion of the expense. Dr. Sands will be happy to provide you with a detailed price quote during your personal consultation.
Maintaining Your Results
Maintaining your smile after receiving dental implants depends on the quality of your personal dental hygiene habits. While dental implants are highly durable, you can help maintain your results by doing the following:
- Brush and floss regularly
- Visit the dentist regularly
- Avoid harmful habits such as biting your nails or using your teeth as tools
“Dr. Sands and his staff were fantastic. I was amazed with the degree of determination that Dr. Sands puts into his work. It’s truly and art to improve someone’s smile the way he has. Feel very comfortable walking into their office and later walking out with a great big smile! Dr. Sands is a true perfectionist and it’s apparent after seeing the results. I am very pleased and I would have to call what he does and art form.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of dental implants over a dental bridge?
One of the main advantages of dental implants over dental bridges is that they do not affect the surrounding teeth. In contrast, a dental bridge is cemented to the surrounding teeth, causing them damage, stress, and enamel loss. Additional advantages of dental implants include:
- More durable
- No risk of jawbone loss
- No risk of decay in surrounding teeth
- No special care or hygiene
- Designed to last a lifetime
Who is the best candidate for dental implants in Beverly Hills?
Strong candidates for dental implants should have good oral and overall health as well as sufficient jawbone strength to support a dental implant. Individuals who lack adequate jawbone support may qualify for over-the-bone dental implants. Patients with medical conditions that suppress the immune system may want to consider alternative treatments.
As every case is unique, the best way to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Sands.
How do dental implants prevent bone loss while dentures or a dental bridge cannot?
Jawbone loss is the natural result of losing a tooth. However, because dental implants are fused directly to the jawbone, the jawbone is regularly stimulated with chewing and eating. This stimulation prevents bone loss.
Other methods of tooth restoration do not provide this stimulation, which is why bone loss continues to occur with dentures or a dental bridge. This is one of the primary reasons why Dr. Sands strongly recommends dental implants for all qualifying patients.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Generally speaking, placing dental implants is far less painful than a tooth extraction. The use of anesthesia prevents pain during the placement of dental implants. Minor discomfort during the day or two afterward can be treated with pain medication.
You can learn more about how we prevent pain during dentist visits here.
Can food get stuck under my dental implant?
One of the advantages of dental implants over other types of tooth replacement is that they are easier to keep clean. Unlike dentures and bridges, food particles cannot get stuck underneath a properly placed implant. The implant is fused to the jaw bone, so there are no gaps for food particles to get stuck in.
Dental implants must be maintained just like your natural teeth. Routine at-home oral hygiene and periodic dental check-ups are a must.
Is there an age limit for dental implants?
Patients should not get dental implants until their jaws have fully developed. This usually occurs in the late teenage years. There is no upper age limit for dental implants. However, patients with significant bone loss or weakened bones may not be suitable for dental implants. These symptoms can become worse with age.