Do you have a single missing tooth, or do you have major gaps in your smile as a result of gum disease and other complications? Your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist offers several types of dental implants, from individual ones to a full smile in one day. Which one will you need, and what benefits do they offer when compared to removable options?
The Importance of Treating Tooth Loss
Missing teeth impact our ability to eat, and could mean depriving ourselves of nutrients as we rely solely on soft foods. They also make clear communication difficult, and could upset bite balance to cause TMJ disorder, bruxism, and other complications. However, missing teeth also mean the jawbone around the lost root is denied doses of calcium and phosphorus. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue breaks down. The resulting loss of mass and density not only means further tooth loss, but an aged appearance too!
Individual Dental Implants
Dental implants, inserted directly into the jawbone, bond with the bone tissues through osseointegration, stimulating the growth of bone tissue once more. This preserves the rest of your smile, and enables your new roots to last for decades to come, maybe even a lifetime. For an individual option, we insert an implant post and then attach an abutment that hold a custom-made crown in place, completing your new tooth and ensuring a lifelike appearance.
Implant-Supported Bridges and Dentures
If you have multiple missing teeth, then we may insert multiple posts at specific options in your smile, planned and guided with digital technology. We then attach abutments and secure a bridge or denture. The resulting prosthetic will last decades, instead of needing replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape every few years. The prosthetics never slip when you eat or speak, so you enjoy your favorite foods or engaging in conversation with confidence.
Same-Day Placement and Restoration
Sometimes, the time period between the placement of the posts and the attachment of the restoration or prosthetic could take months. However, with same-day, we can attach a temporary bridge or denture in the same visit, so you leave with a whole smile. We will then attach the final prosthetic at a later visit, so at no time are you stuck with gaps in your smile!
While some dentures require between six and eight implant post per arch to secure, All-On-4® only needs four! Which means if you have lost jawbone tissue due to tooth loss, we can place these secure dentures without the need for ridge augmentation or sinus lifts beforehand.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Your Missing Teeth?
Our team wants to help you start 2021 on the path toward a full and attractive smile! For more information on the types of tooth replacement we offer, then please schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124. We also proudly welcome patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.