Dental Implants - Torrance, CA
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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 dental implant treatment, from initial placement to final restoration, right here in our state-of-the-art office.
The Comprehensive Solution
A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that acts as a prosthetic root for the tooth replacement that sits on top. They’re surgically placed into the space left by each missing tooth. At the Blue Coast Dental Group, we are proud to have a periodontist who completes this portion of the procedure in-house so you don’t have to be referred to a new office for half the dental implant treatment.
After the initial implantation procedure, during a recovery period of approximately three to six months, a process known as osseointegration occurs to turn the implant and jawbone into one solid unit. Once osseointegration is complete, your dental implants are ready to receive their new tooth replacements. Your implant dentist in Torrance will complete the restoration by placing your prosthetic tooth or denture securely on top using a metal connector called an abutment.
The Numerous Benefits of Dental Implants
Choosing an implant-retained tooth replacement is the best way to ensure your continued oral and overall health. The benefits of this method are many and include the following.
- 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
Determining Your Candidacy for Dental Implants
Patients interested in replacing their missing teeth with an implant-retained solution should seek a professional opinion regarding their candidacy for the dental implant procedure. Two conditions must be met for the success of dental implants.
First, a patient must have plenty of existing jawbone structure. Dental implants need lots of healthy bone to successfully anchor in the mouth. When teeth have been missing for an extended period of time, however, too much bone loss may have occurred. In these situations, bone grafting may be needed to make tooth replacement with dental implants a possibility.
Second, patients should also be eligible for oral surgery. For those who have uncontrolled diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or other conditions that prevent them from undergoing surgical procedures should seek other options in tooth replacement. Advanced levels of gum disease can inhibit the success of dental implants, too.
After using 3D scans of your jaw to determine the locations of your implants, Dr. Refela will begin the procedure by thoroughly numbing you with local anesthesia. At this point, he’ll make a small incision in the gums to expose the jawbone, and then he’ll place the implant posts into it. Thanks to modern dental techniques, most patients report feeling very little discomfort either during or after the procedure.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
For a patient missing a single tooth, a restoration called an implant-retained crown will be attached to the implant post. A custom-made all-porcelain 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 completely put together, it should be virtually indistinguishable from the other teeth.
And, by bonding additional prosthetic teeth to an implant-retained crown, we can form a bridge to replace multiple teeth missing in a row as well.
Traditional dentures are notorious for not staying in place while a person is chewing or speaking, but with dental implants, we can finally make this problem go away. An implant-retained denture looks just like a regular one above the gum line, but it is actually held in place using multiple dental implants 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.
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 implants, which also lends itself to a reduced cost.