Dental Implant Therapy to Replace Missing Teeth
If you are missing one or more teeth, you have restorative options that include dental implant therapy. Encino, LA implant dentist Dr. Isaac Comfortes is one of California’s leading experts in whole mouth rehabilitation and Dental Implant Therapy. Even if your needs are simple, perhaps, the replacement of a broken molar with a crown fixed on a dental implant, you will want to have the best diagnosis, treatment plan and execution of that plan to fully restore your biting function with a natural looking tooth. Because Dr. Comfortes has spent his career focused on restoring smiles to beautiful and healthy condition, you will receive the highest standard of care with best, long-lasting results.
Although our traditional bridges are durable and highly lifelike, for even greater stability and improved oral function, Dr. Comfortes recommends dental implants. Dental implant therapy is the gold standard of care today for replacing missing or greatly diseased teeth. It is predictably successful, long lasting, and provides optimal benefits. If you have a full over-denture or removable partial denture, or have lost or will soon lose a tooth—an implant may be the solution for you.
A dental implant replaces the roots of a tooth and can provide a strong, permanent anchor for a crown, partial denture, or even a full denture. Because your restoration will be firmly fixed in your mouth, it will never slip out of place. Additionally, your implants can prevent further tooth loss and dental damage.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are small posts made of biocompatible titanium. Your oral surgeon will place them directly in your jawbone. Then your bone and gums will integrate with the posts so that they will substitute for your natural dental roots. Once your tissues have healed completely, Dr. Comfortes can attach your replacement teeth to the tops of the posts. Implants can support several types of dental restorations, depending on your particular needs. A single post can support a crown. You might also receive two or more implants to support a partial or full denture. Typically, if you are going to receive a full restoration (hybrid overdenture), your oral surgeon will need to place at least four implants.
Implant Placement and Restoration
For the surgical implant placement part of your treatment, Dr. Comfortes will refer you a preferred oral surgeon or periodontist, selected for their implant expertise and experience. This dental specialist will develop an individualized treatment plan in consultation with Dr. Comfortes. X-rays, CT scans, or other imaging will be used to inspect your jawbone. By finding the strongest areas of bone, the specialist can insure long-lasting and stable restorations. This careful pre-planning can also help to minimize your discomfort and recovery time.
Before your implant surgery, the oral surgeon or periodontist will numb the surgical area. Stronger forms of sedation may be used on an as-needed basis. Tiny incisions will be made in your gums, through which he or she will insert the implants. In four to six months, your tissues will heal around the posts, becoming firmly fixed in your jaw. While you are healing, Dr. Comfortes can usually supply a temporary restoration. Following your complete recovery, you will come into our office for your final crown or denture.
Dr. Comfortes offers highly lifelike restorations made to harmonize with your smile. To provide the most natural appearance, he will take impressions of your mouth. He will also help you select the restorative materials that most closely resemble your smile and provide the strength needed for full function as you bite and chew. Porcelain and zirconia come in many different colors. Advanced zirconia is also slightly translucent, offering a very realistic sparkle. Detailed information about prosthetic materials and the benefits of various options is provided in our article about crowns.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
If you are weighing your restorative options, there are many reasons to consider dental implants. Their benefits include:
- Stability: Like tooth roots, implants are permanently set in your jaw, meaning you can eat and speak freely.
- Realistic appearance: Your implant-supported restoration will sit directly on your gum line. Therefore, it will be virtually identical to your natural teeth.
- Permanence: The durability of implant restorations makes them a great long-term investment in your oral health. If one needs to be replaced 20 years from now, it can be.
- Overall oral health: After you lose a tooth, your jawbone will quickly start to recede. Eventually, this problem could cause further tooth loss. Implants will send regenerative signals to your jawbone, preventing bone recession.
- Financial savings: Long term, you can easily save money because crowns on natural tooth roots, bridges attached to crowns on adjacent teeth, and removable dentures usually require more frequent replacement. And the wear and tear of bridges on adjacent teeth, can lead to damage requiring the replacement of these teeth as well. Dental implant therapy is considered a “conservative” treatment because jawbone and adjacent healthy teeth are preserved, leading to less dentistry over the course of your life. When you consider the benefits, this investment in your oral health and quality of life is well worthwhile.
Are You a Candidate for Implants?
Before recommending implants, Dr. Comfortes will conduct a full evaluation to make sure they are right for you. If you have already sustained significant jawbone recession, this can affect your candidacy for implants. Fortunately, in almost all cases, a bone graft or sinus lift procedure can be performed by one of our recommended oral surgeons to enhance your bone structure to receive implants.
Schedule a Restorative Consultation
To discuss the best course of dental implant therapy for you, book an appointment with Dr. Comfortes today.