Do you have missing teeth? If so, we can help address the gaps with implant dentistry. But what kind do you need? Do you need an individual one, or a set of fixed dentures? In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist talks about how we use dental implants to treat your tooth loss.
Assessing Your Tooth Loss
First, we need to take a close look at your smile. Remember, treating tooth loss with implant dentistry helps prevent the breakdown of jaw bone structure that is linked to an aged appearance and further tooth loss. You also enjoy an easier time eating and speaking too! We will employ advanced digital imaging systems to assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss. We can then treat underlying oral health issues to make sure your smile is ready for dental implant placement.
Single Tooth Replacement
As the name implies, this addresses single missing teeth. We use digital technology to guide the implant posts into place, at an angle and position that stimulates the growth of bone structure and ensures proper stability. Once the placement area heals, we will attach an abutment to the post that extends above the gum line. Finally, we attach a custom-made dental crown, one designed to not only look natural and blend with your smile, but also absorbs daily bite forces and pressure.
With implant dentures, the traditional options involve inserting between six and eight posts per arch. If you’ve lost jawbone mass and density due to your missing teeth, you may need a jawbone grafting or sinus lift procedure to rebuild the weakened portions and make the smile ready for placement. But! We could also discuss All-On-Four, which uses smaller and economical posts. These are designed to require less bone structure to support them, so even if you have weakened bone structure, we could insert these at angles and portions to protect your smile and support a full set of custom dentures.
What if there wasn’t a period of weeks or months in between the placement of your new posts and the attachment of a finished prosthetic? What if you would leave the office same-day with a full smile? In some cases, we can do just that! We first create a restoration or prosthetic, and when you visit, we extract any necessary teeth, insert the post, and then attach the restoration or crown. After one session, you have a full and beautiful smile.
Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist Provides New Smiles
We want to help address minor or severe cases of tooth loss, restoring your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty. If you would like to learn more about our options for addressing tooth loss, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA dentist, Dr. Naminik, by calling 818-347-5124.