We have a number of options to address tooth loss, from minor cases to total tooth loss. Some could be placed in one day, and others could help people with weakened jawbone structure. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist talks about these three options, and how they can help replace missing teeth and preserve your facial structure.
Traditional Dental Implants
A traditional dental implant can replace a single tooth, or several could be employed to secure a bridge or denture. A biocompatible titanium post, screw-like in appearance, is inserted into the jawbone. They bond with the bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration, acting as new rotos. This helps stimulate the growth of bone tissue and prevents the weakened jawbone that usually follows untreated tooth loss. After the placement area heals, which takes about three to four months, we will attach abutments to the posts, which extends above the gum line. A custom crown is then attached, custom-made for a lifelike appearance and created with durable materials. We could also attach a bridge or denture, which will be custom-made for your smile as well.
Same-day means that once we place the post onto the jawbone, we will affix an abutment and a crown or prosthetic in the same. The crown or prosthetic is crafted before you arrive, so we can attach it and allow you to leave the office with a complete smile. To qualify for this procedure, you need to have strong jawbone tissue that is ready to receive our dental implant posts. We will carefully examine your smile to assess your candidacy.
What if time has passed since you’ve lost your natural teeth, so the jawbone has lost mass and density and now doesn’t have enough structure to support new teeth? In these situations, you would usually undergo jawbone grafting or sinus lifts to rebuild your smile. However, with All-on-4® we use smaller, more economical posts that will be inserted at specific positions and angles to stimulate the growth of bone tissue. Even weakened jawbones can support them! We place four on each arch, and then attach a custom denture that looks and functions like natural teeth. As with same day, you leave with a complete smile after only one visit. If you have any questions about how we address your tooth loss, or if you want to know which option is best for you, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist About Implant Dentistry
We would like to help you maintain a full smile with the assistance of our lifelike and strong dental implants. If you have more questions about handling your missing teeth, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist’s office by calling 818-347-5124.