Dental Implants: What To Know Before Getting Started

WoodlandHills, CA, dentist offers dental implants

It’s no secret that tooth loss can affect your smile’s appearance, function, and strength. Losing even just a single dental structure can cause several problems. Patients who qualify can replace their missing pearly whites with a lifelike and sturdy option. Your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist talks about dental implants in today’s blog.

You Must Be In Good Oral Health First

There are many options available for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges and dentures are two options that may be used for some patients. A bridge is a fixed prosthetic that is supported in place by your adjacent teeth. Dentures, on the other hand, are typically removable and can replace a partial arch or an entire arch of missing teeth. Dental implants are unique from these options because it is permanent and replaces the entire missing structure, including the root and crown. To do this, a post is inserted into your jawbone. You will need to be in good oral health, with no signs of gum disease, and a sturdy jawbone. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your oral cavity before approving you for this option.

There Are Several Options For Replacement

This option can address a wide range of tooth loss, from a single missing tooth to several. Patients experiencing significant loss may benefit from All-On-4 implants. This option can replace an entire arch of missing pearly whites. Instead of using removable dentures, the prosthetic is secured in place with four evenly spaced posts. This option can provide you with security and stability.

When replacing a single tooth, you may be able to receive same day implants. This may be recommended to patients who need to have a tooth removed. Instead of coming in for several visits for the extraction and replacement, these can be scheduled on the same day.

Map Out The Process With Guided Implant Placement

Your permanent prosthetic is made of three parts. The post is inserted into the jawbone, an abutment piece that connects to this, and the crown which the post supports. It’s vital that the post is inserted properly to ensure it can support the other parts of your implant. To ensure an accurate insertion process, we can make a 3D model of your smile to map out where the posts should be placed. When it’s time to surgically insert the post, the area will be numbed, and you may be sedated. If you are getting same-day prosthetics, the abutment and crown will be secured on in the same appointment. It may take several weeks to months to fully recover from this process. Once healed, you will have a complete smile with improved function.

Schedule An Appointment With Our Team

We can help give you a complete smile again. To find out if this option is right for you, schedule a consultation with Woodland Hills Dental Arts in California by calling 818.347.5124.