Dental Implants – Los Angeles, CA
Dental Implants in Downtown Los Angeles Replace Teeth
In recent years, the Geach Dental team has started recommending implant-supported tooth replacement for more and more patients. Unlike traditional options that only restore the parts of the teeth visible when patients smile, implant-retained dental restorations completely recreate all parts of a lost tooth, including the supportive root system. This offers patients improved comfort, stability, and longevity.
Denture wearers can especially benefit from an implant-retained prosthetic. These fixed dentures renew 70% or more of healthy tooth function compared to the 20% possible with removable dentures. However, many patients with dentures struggle with diminished jawbone density or gum tissue volume that makes them less-than-ideal candidates for implant-retained prosthetics. Luckily for our Los Angeles denture patients, we offer an innovative solution: All-on-4 implant dentures.
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
The dental implant process is typically completed in four main parts – consultation, preparation, implant placement, and restoration.
- Consultation – We begin by assessing your current level of oral and overall health to ensure you’ll be able to successfully complete the implant process.
- Preparation – We remove any damaged or decayed teeth and address other oral health issues to ensure patients are healthy and have the best chance for successful implant restoration.
- Implant Placement – Dental implants are placed within the jaw to support the restoration, and patients wait three to six months for the implants to fuse with the jawbone. In the meantime, we design and craft a custom restoration.
- Restoration – Once the implant posts are firmly attached to the supportive gum and bone tissue, patients return to our office where we’ll attach their new teeth to the posts.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants in Downtown Los Angeles are far different than traditional solutions to treat tooth loss. They do not just replace the crown like other methods. Instead, they also substitute the root. By surgically implanting a titanium post into your jawbone, it acts as a new root. By doing so, the jawbone is stimulated to encourage new bone growth. This not only preserves your bone density, but it also allows your jawbone to fuse to the post. As a result, you will enjoy added stability and security that are not possible with other treatments. In addition, you will benefit from many other advantages, such as:
- High Success Rate: Dental implants offer over a 95% success rate.
- Long-term Investment: With the right aftercare, dental implants have the potential to last forever.
- Feel Natural: With your jawbone fused to the post, you will enjoy an increased biting force of over 70% when compared to traditional treatments.
- Look Natural: All-ceramic crowns are customized to look like real teeth. No one will be able to tell that they are not your own.
- Improved Oral Health: With a healthy jawbone, you will protect your remaining natural teeth from shifting. This lowers your risk for cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.
- Doesn’t Damage Teeth: Dental implants do not rely on your remaining natural teeth to support them, leaving them undamaged and unaltered.
Indications for Dental Implants
Often, it is believed that you can only use dental implants to replace a single tooth; however, this is untrue. Your dentist in Downtown Los Angeles can also use them to treat multiple missing teeth or an entire arch.
Single Missing Tooth
To replace a single missing tooth, you will have a biocompatible implant post surgically placed into your jawbone. Over the next several weeks, new bone will grow to allow your jaw to fuse to the post. Once it has healed, an abutment is placed on the post. This is needed to connect a custom-made dental crown.
Multiple Missing Teeth
Now, you have an alternative to a traditional bridge that will not damage your adjacent teeth. Instead of using dental crowns to hold the appliance in place, and average of 1 or 2 posts are used to anchor it to your jawbone. This method is more effective than if you were to replace each tooth individually.
Missing All Teeth
An entire arch can also be replaced using dental implants. You will not need to rely on suction or an adhesive to hold your denture in place. Instead, an average of 4 implant posts are used. You will not have to worry about any slipping or irritation because it will stay securely in place.
All-on-4 Implant Dentures
If you’re missing a complete row of teeth, you may want to consider a dental implant-supported denture. Patients in need of a full denture might be good candidates for All-on-4 if any of the following conditions are met:
- They were previously discouraged from seeking dental implant restoration due to diminished gum tissue volume or jawbone density.
- They are a current denture wearer who is unhappy with the look or function of their prosthetic.
- They needed invasive bone or soft tissue grafts in order to be a good candidate for traditional dentures, but they were not healthy enough for numerous surgical treatments.
What Makes All-on-4 Unique?
Unlike traditional dentures, the All-on-4 system utilizes the front part of the jawbone that is naturally denser. This is possible due to the unique positioning of the implant posts. Two posts are placed vertically to support the front of the denture. Then, two diagonal implant posts are positioned from the back to the front.
This unique dental implant positioning means patients don’t need invasive preparatory procedures to achieve a flawless dental restoration. It’s always our goal to provide patients with the highest quality dental services, and All-on-4 implant dentures are another way we’re able to do just that. More patients than ever before can receive a full implant-retained denture thanks to this innovative tooth replacement technique.
Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants allow you to make a long-term investment in your oral health and your quality of life. Although they cost more upfront than traditional options, they are more cost-effective because they have the potential to last for a lifetime. The amount you can expect to pay is determined by your individual treatment plan. We discuss the various factors that influence the price during your consultation and explain your payment options to keep your new smile within your budget.