Dental Implants — Los Angeles, CA
Permanently Rebuild Your Confident, Complete Smile
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.
Why Choose Geach Dental For Dental Implants?
- Fair Prices with No Surprises
- Entire Treatment Completed in the Same Convenient Location
- Potential to Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth
What Are Dental Implants?
Missing teeth can cause numerous health issues, but it can also cause a drop in your confidence and self-esteem. That’s why at Geach Dental, we offer expertly placed dental implants to create long-lasting and natural-looking tooth replacements. Their stability and health benefits are unmatched, which is why they’re regarded as the only comprehensive replacement.
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.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
To achieve their unique benefits, dental implants are placed with a unique process. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, rebuilding your smile with dental implants is a multistep treatment that takes places over the span of several months. While this is considerably more time than more traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime! Every patients’ treatment plan will look different, but the process can typically be broken down into these four steps.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
During your initial consultation, you’ll meet with our expert dentist, Dr. Adam J. Geach, to discuss your smile goals. He will carefully examine your grin to see where you’ll need implants as well as how many you need. Additionally, he will evaluate your overall oral health and correct any issues to ensure you’ll have a positive treatment process. He will also check the strength and size of your jawbone to see if it can accommodate dental implants. This stage of the process is where Dr. Geach may have to recommend a bone graft to ensure the success of your implants. This is a procedure that builds up and strengthens your jawbone so that implants can be placed.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dr. Geach, an expert implant dentist in Downtown Los Angeles, will make a small incision in your gums to expose your jawbone. He will then drill a tiny hole into your bone, where he will place your dental implant. Although this sounds painful, you will be completely numb, and we also offer sedation dentistry to keep you relaxed during surgery. Additionally, your jawbone doesn’t have any pain-sensing nerves, making this a more comfortable experience than you may expect.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
Here is where the magic happens. Because dental implants are made of titanium, they actually integrate into your bone. This osseointegration process can take 4 to 6 months, but the result is a sturdy and stable support for dental restorations that can last a lifetime. During this waiting period, you’ll be given a temporary crown to fill the gap in your smile. Once your implant has fused to your jawbone, Dr. Geach will take your temporary crown off and attach an abutment. This is a connector that allows for the placement of a permanent crown, bridge, or denture.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
Once your dental implant is integrated into your jawbone and it is fastened with an abutment, Dr. Geach will attach your restoration of choice. Whether you need a crown, bridge, or denture will depend on your health and how many teeth you’re missing. While this overall process may seem long, it is the only tooth replacement solution that offers incredible health benefits in addition to a natural looking and feeling smile. Contact our office today to get started on a complete, strong, and beautiful set of teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- High Success Rate:Dental implants offer over a 95% success rate, even 10 years after placement.
- Long-term Investment:With the right aftercare, dental implants have the potential to last forever, saving you both time and money on replacements.
- Feel Natural:With the implant post fused into your jawbone, it will never feel loose or pop out of place at embarrassing times. will enjoy an increased biting force of over 70% when compared to traditional treatments.
- Improved biting force: Dental implants offer the most restoration of your natural biting force. With over 70% or more restored, you can get back to eating all your favorite foods.
- Look Natural:All-ceramic crowns, bridges, and dentures 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.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Thanks to modern dental technology and techniques, practically anyone suffering from tooth loss can benefit from dental implants. However, not everyone is considered a good candidate right away. During your initial consultation, we’ll carefully inspect your smile to see if dental implants are a good fit for you, or if you need to complete any preliminary treatments first.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally speaking, there are three key factors that determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants. They need to have:
- Great oral health
- Good overall health
- Adequate jawbone density
Without these three components, your dental implant could fail. Thankfully, Dr. Geach can help you overcome the obstacles you face to get you ready for your brand-new smile.
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.
Missing 1 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.
Missing Multiple 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.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants in downtown Los Angeles 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 a lifetime. The amount you can expect to pay is determined by your individual treatment plan. Single tooth replacement might cost a few thousand dollars, while full-mouth replacement may cost up to $60,000.
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. We want to help you afford your treatment!
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
It is common for patients to need additional procedures before their dental implants are placed, such as tooth extractions, bone grafting, or a sinus lift. Each of these services incurs its own fee. Your dental implant placement surgery will have its own price, which will depend on how many implants Dr. Geach is placing. The amount and type of sedation and/or anesthesia will also contribute to your total cost.
In most cases, Dr. Geach is able to perform every stage of implant treatment, including the placement surgery, right here in our practice. You won’t have to worry about dealing with the pricing structure of another implant dentist in downtown Los Angeles.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
Just like there are many different types of cars and car manufacturers, there are also many different companies that sell dental implants and other materials related to the procedure. There are some discounted manufacturers available; however, they can be low-quality and compromise the long-term success of the treatment. That is why Dr. Geach is picky about where he purchases dental implants.
Additionally, there are many different types of implant procedures. For example, some forms of full arch replacement might require just a few dental implants, while others require more. The more implants you need, the higher the price will be.
We offer a variety of payment options to cover any remaining out-of-pocket expense, such as third-party financing with CareCredit.
Final Dental Implant Restoration
The crown, bridge, or denture that will go on top of your dental implants comes with its own price, which will depend on its size and the materials used to make it. If more than one type of restoration might be appropriate for you, Dr. Geach will help you compare the pros and cons of each of your options.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
It is becoming more and more common for dental insurance policies to cover dental implants. However, some still do not. Our team will help you navigate your coverage and use it as fully as possible. Even if it doesn’t apply to the implants themselves, it might mitigate your out-of-pocket expenses for your final restoration or preliminary treatments.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
Our team would like to help you manage the cost of dental implants in downtown Los Angeles. That is why, in addition to helping you figure out your insurance, we are also pleased to accept financing through CareCredit. CareCredit is a third-party lender that offers low-interest and no-interest payment plans for medical and dental services. With qualifying credit, you can select a plan that works with your budget.
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are made to last for decades, but you need to take care of them to make sure that you maximize their lifespan. After your implants have been placed and restored, Dr. Geach will give you tips for taking care of them. As long as you keep your mouth healthy, you’ll be able to use your implants to eat, speak, and smile comfortably and confidently for a very long time. Below are a few general tips that will help you keep your implants safe and intact.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Dental implants are not affected by tooth decay, so you don’t have to worry about cavities in your replacement teeth. The gums supporting the post, however, are another story, as they can still become infected. If bacteria destroy the tissues holding the implant in place, it could end up failing. Furthermore, any bacteria on your implant could end up spreading to your natural teeth can causing decay. Taking the time to brush and floss thoroughly will keep your smile healthy and your implants in excellent shape.
Eat a Healthy Diet
One of the advantages of dental implants is that you can eat whatever you like. That said, such freedom is accompanied by responsibility; you need to make sure that you’re not eating too many sugary or starchy foods that can lead to poor gum health. Instead, try to eat more foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin C, which will help keep the area around your dental implants healthy so that they can remain in place for as long as possible.
Break Bad Habits
Even titanium implants can still be damaged, as can the restorations they support. You don’t want to lose your new teeth to bad habits, so it’s important to take note of risky behaviors and end them as soon as possible. If you smoke, look up resources that can help you quit. Do not bite down on your fingernails, ice, pen tips, or anything else that’s excessively hard. Open packages with scissors or another appropriate tool; never use your teeth under any circumstances.
Protect Your Dental Implants
It’s not uncommon to clench or grind your teeth when you’re feeling stressed. This can even occur while you’re asleep, and it can take quite a toll on dental implants if it goes unchecked for too long. Investing in a mouthguard to wear at night could save your implant from unnecessary damage down the road. You should also be wearing a mouthguard if you play any sort of sport so that the post isn’t damaged by a sudden blow to the jaw. We highly recommend getting one of our custom mouthguards instead of a store-bought one for the best possible fit and protection.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Naturally, no dental implant maintenance plan would be complete without regular checkups. We can check on your implant posts and the customized restorations to ensure that there are no problems developing. We can then begin the implant salvage process as soon as possible when necessary.