How Do We Prep Your Smile For Implant Placement?

Woodland Hills dental implants

Dental implants are inserted into the jaw and act as new roots, offering long-lasting tooth replacement. But before we move forward with tooth replacement, we need to prepare your smile and leave it ready for the placement and restoration of dental implants. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist explains this process in today’s blog.

Examining Smiles

The first step is a thorough examination using advanced digital imaging technology. We want to assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss, as well as the factors behind it. After all, you may need treatment for underlying oral health issues, such as gum disease, to prevent implant failure down the road. The images we gather will also aid in choosing the best position and angle to insert your new tooth roots. 

Tooth Extraction 

If you’re going to be receiving an implant denture, or possibly a partial or bridge, then we may need to extract teeth that have become diseased or damaged. In addition, if you only have a few remaining, we may need to take them out in order to prepare your smile for the placement of implant dentures. We then preserve the extraction site in preparation for your new teeth.

Jawbone Strength

Part of the preparation process also involves assessing the strength of your jawbone. When we lose teeth, this causes a breakdown in the tissues around the missing teeth. This loss of mass and density in the jaw weakens it, and causes further tooth loss. This could also mean your smile is now unable to support dental implants without first undergoing a ridge augmentation or sinus lift procedure. 

Guiding Dental Implants 

Once we have treated underlying oral health issues, removed any necessary teeth, and ensured your smile can support new teeth, we move forward with placement. Using digital technology, we will carefully guide the placement process to secure your new root. Once the implant post is in place, we will attach an abutment and then a restriction, or attach the abutments and then connect the bridge or denture. Whether you have one missing tooth or several, we can offer a lifelike and durable solution that helps you smile with confidence for decades to come, or possibly a lifetime. 

If you have any questions about treating tooth loss, or about implant dentistry in particular, then contact our team today to learn more. We would love to help you enjoy a complete smile again!

Talk To Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist About Implant Dentistry 

Our team wants to help you enjoy a complete smile again by addressing missing teeth with advanced technology. If you would like to learn more, contact your Woodland Hills, CA dentist, Dr. Naminik, by calling 818-347-5124.