Dental Implants – Torrance, CA
The Most Comprehensive Solution for Improving Smiles
If you’ve experienced tooth loss, it doesn’t matter how many teeth you’re missing -- even just one lost tooth can cause real problems later on. Because they give you back your missing tooth as well as its root, dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement available today. The team at Blue Coast Dental Group handles the entire process for tooth replacement with dental implants in Torrance, CA in our dental office, from the initial placement to final restoration. Call us today to find out how our dentists can transform your smile and your life with dental implants!
Why Choose Blue Coast Dental Group for Dental Implants?
- Our Expert Periodontist Places Dental Implants In-House
- Skilled On-Site Prosthodontist Creates Beautiful, Lifelike Restorations
- Flexible Financing Options Available
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant consists of three parts:
- A titanium post that mimics the tooth’s root
- A small metal appliance called the abutment (which is a connector between the implant and restoration)
- The custom prosthetic that sits on top
One or more implant posts is surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as new roots. This stimulates your jaw to encourage new bone growth and preserve its density. Over time, your jawbone fuses to the posts to allow them to stay in place forever. It also provides a foundation for your replacement teeth that is much more secure and stable (and longer lasting) than traditional dentures or bridges.
As the only option to recreate the root structure of a lost tooth in addition to its visible crown, dental implants are by far the most comprehensive solution for improving smiles after tooth loss. If you’re missing one or more teeth, we cannot recommend dental implants enough!
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Getting dental implants requires a multistep process that can span several months to a year or more. However, the long-term benefits they offer your smile make them well worth the wait.
Here at Blue Coast Dental Group, we are able to handle the entire dental implant process under one roof. While everyone’s journey will look different, the four basic steps of that process include:
- Initial dental implant consultation – First, we’ll examine your smile and determine your eligibility for dental implants and whether you’ll require any preliminary procedures before placement.
- Dental implant surgery -- Once you’re ready, our in-house periodontist, Dr. Peter Refela, will surgically place the implants in your jawbone.
- Dental implant osseointegration/abutment -- During the approximately three to six months after your procedure, a process known as osseointegration occurs, fusing the implant to the jawbone. Afterward, we can place metal attachments called abutments.
- Delivery of dental implant restorations – Dr. George Cho, our skilled prosthodontist, will design and place your custom crown, bridge, or denture atop your abutments.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Choosing an implant-retained tooth to replace your missing teeth with dental implants is the best way to ensure your continued oral and overall health. The many benefits of this method include:
- Better jawbone health due to the stimulation provided by the prosthetic root
- The healthy jawbone won’t develop that sunken, missing-tooth look
- Freedom from bothersome denture adhesives
- A better-fitting prosthetic that won’t have to be refitted due to a changing mouth shape
- When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime
Who Dental Implants Can Help
The majority of patients who are missing at least one tooth and have good oral/general health make good candidates for dental implants. They can help patients who are suffering from any degree of tooth loss:
Missing One Tooth
For a patient missing a single tooth, a custom-made, all-porcelain dental crown will be held in place using a small metal connector called an abutment, which will also provide internal support for the crown. Once the crown is placed, it should be virtually indistinguishable from the other teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you’re missing several consecutive teeth, we can secure a dental bridge onto two implants posts at either end of the gap. For missing teeth throughout the mouth, we may be able to place a strategically made partial denture.
Missing All Teeth
An implant denture looks just like a regular one above the gum line, but it is actually held in place using multiple dental implants (usually six to four per jaw) that anchor it to the jawbone. This not only makes the fit much more secure, but it also helps restore up to 70% of a patient’s original bite strength, compared to just 20% provided by removable dentures. We also offer All-on-4 implants for patients with weakened jawbones.
Mini Dental Implants
Often, patients who have been missing teeth for a long time will have a jawbone that is too thin or brittle to support normal implants, but with mini dental implants, now even more people can benefit from the most complete tooth replacement solution available today.
As the name indicates, they are smaller and thinner than traditional implant posts, but they are still able to support a denture that has a much more stable hold than a removable one. Plus, they can typically be placed and restored in much less time compared to regular dental implants, which also lends itself to a reduced cost.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
There is no set price tag for the amount you can expect to pay for your new smile because it is based on your individual treatment plan. There are various factors that influence the cost, such as how many teeth you are replacing, if you need any additional procedures, and your dental insurance.
Although your insurance will generally not cover the entire procedure, it may pay for certain aspects until you reach your annual limit, like the consultation or restorations. We will maximize the value of your policy to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. To cover any remaining balance, we offer a variety of payment options, including CareCredit.
Types of Dental Implants
There are three different types of dental implants you can receive:
- Single Tooth Implant – Using a single titanium post, your dentist in Torrance can easily replace a missing tooth. There is no need to alter your natural, healthy teeth like you would with a fixed bridge. Instead, the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, restoring the tooth from the root up.
- Implant Bridge – If multiple, consecutive teeth are missing from the top or bottom row of your mouth, we can use an implant bridge to recreate your smile and improve your oral health. Two or more posts will be put into place before a bridge prosthetic is secured to the top.
- Implant Denture – Often the most expensive restoration, an implant denture replaces an entire arch of teeth. We will surgically place between four and six implants along the jawbone before securing a custom-made denture to the top.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
- Initial Consultation: Your initial consultation with one of our team members will incur its own cost. During this visit, you will have a full oral exam as well as impressions taken of your smile once you are cleared for treatment.
- Surgical Placement: Placing your dental implants will require anesthesia, so it is treated as any other type of surgical procedure. After placing the designated number of implants, you will be sent home to recover for 3-6 months, allowing the implants to fuse to the bone and surrounding tissue.
- Custom Restoration: After you’ve completed the healing process at home, you will return to our dental office to have the abutment(s) and your custom restoration put into place. This is the final step of the dental implant placement process.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
There is no doubt that dental implants are certainly worth the investment. Are they more costly upfront? Yes. Do the benefits they offer make them worth it? Absolutely. When considering the upkeep of a fixed bridge or traditional dentures, you are often seeing a dentist more frequently for adjustments and replacements. However, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Yes, the restoration will need to be replaced over time, but the implant itself can last decades or more with proper care and maintenance.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Nowadays, more dental insurance companies are coming around to the idea of covering dental implant placement. Unfortunately, this is only true for some. While most insurers still do not cover this type of restorative dentistry, some aspects can be covered, including:
- Initial consultation
- Custom restoration
It is important that you check with your dental insurance company to find out how much your out-of-pocket expenses will be. If you are unsure what to ask or look for when reviewing your policy, ask one of our team members who will be happy to assist in providing you with the information you need to make a confident decision about the future of your dental health.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants in Torrance offer a completely different way to rebuild your smile than traditional options like dentures and dental bridges. As such, it’s natural to have a few questions about them! Below, you’ll find some common questions about this state-of-the-art treatment to help you feel more informed. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!
Will I need a referral to have my dental implants placed?
Since placing dental implants is a surgical procedure, some dentists need to refer their patients to other dental professionals for this step. At Blue Coast Dental Group, we’re proud to bring the specialists to you! We have two in-house specialists available to place your dental implants right here in our Torrance dental office. With years of experience and the latest dental technology, we can personally ensure that every step of your dental implant process is as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Do I brush my dental implant like a natural tooth?
Dental implants mimic many important aspects of natural teeth—including how they’re taken care of! You won’t need to change your daily dental routine or use any special products or cleaners to keep your dental implant clean. Simply continue to practice great oral hygiene habits like:
- Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day.
- Flossing between all your teeth daily.
- Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash regularly.
Remember, while your dental implant isn’t susceptible to cavities, it’s still important to keep your mouth free from plaque and bacteria. Neglecting your oral hygiene and accumulating these harmful particles could lead to infections that damage the supportive tissues that help hold your implant in place.
I’m interested in dental implants—where do i start?
The first step on your journey towards a complete, confident smile is to call us and schedule a consultation with your Torrance implant dentist. We’ll carefully inspect your mouth and review your medical history to ensure that dental implants are a good choice for you. We may recommend preliminary treatments like periodontal disease therapy or bone grafts if there are any signs of issues that could potentially threaten the success of your dental implant. Once your oral health is on track, we’ll discuss your tooth replacement goals and help you choose the best type of dental implant for your unique smile. Then, we’ll work with you to create a custom treatment plan, including a personalized timeline and estimate of cost.
How long does the dental implant process take?
To achieve its unmatched stability, comfort, and longevity, your dental implant undergoes a process called osseointegration after it has been placed. This is when the small titanium posts that have been placed in your jawbone fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. Since this is a very gradual process, it can take anywhere from four to six months until your mouth has healed enough to move onto the next step.
However, the same doesn’t hold true if you choose to fill the gaps in your smile with mini dental implants. These dental implants are even smaller and thinner than traditional ones, which plays a key role in the healing process. Mini dental implants require far less healing time, and their restoration can be placed much sooner than other dental implants. Your Torrance implant dentist will help you determine which type of dental implant is best for your unique smile during your consultation.
Ready to regain your smile, your confidence, and your quality of life? Give us a call today to discover if this state-of-the-art tooth replacement option is right for you!