You have two failing teeth and face extractions. Must you wear a traditional partial denture with metal clasps? At SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer offer healthy patients just like you a better alternative: dental implants. Replacing a single tooth or even anchoring a partial or full denture, dental implants preserve your gum tissue and bone and deliver outstanding appearance and oral function.
The single tooth implant
The American College of Prosthodontists call dental implants a "third set of teeth." Why? Dental implants replace adult teeth in their entirety, from root to crown. Made of three parts, the titanium implant device--an abutment post and a porcelain crown--the single tooth dental implant in Sherman Oaks mimics a real tooth in aesthetics, feel and function. Plus, it improves jaw strength as it resides in the bone itself.
Getting an implant or implant-supported denture
Dr. Amir or Dr. Hamer will examine your mouth and jaw bone, determining if implants would be your right replacement option. Most healthy people, with sufficient bone in their jaws, do qualify for implants. In fact, if you begin implant treatment promptly after dental extraction, you'll likely have adequate foundational bone. Additionally, the best implant candidates are in good overall health.
Implant insertion is a simple, painless process. Your dentist will numb the areas to receive implants, and after you are comfortable, he will create openings in the jaw. Then, he'll insert the implants, close the gums and send you home to heal.
What occurs over the ensuing weeks is amazing. The jaw bone grows around the titanium implants, creating a firmly integrated bond between the bone and implant. In fact, the process is called osseointegration, and it practically guarantees implant success and long-term retention (many decades, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness).
Maintaining your implants
Dental implants require no special care--just diligent care:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day (your hygienist may teach you special ways to clean around your implants)
- Twice yearly check-ups and professional cleanings at SC Dental Group
- Wearing a bite guard if you're a bruxer--someone who clenches or grinds his or her teeth
- Smoking cessation to keep implant sites clean and toxin-free
Ready for your consultation?
You'll receive great information and a detailed care plan when you talk with Dr. Amir or Dr. Hamer. Then, you'll be on your way to full restoration of your smile with lifelike dental implants from SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA. Call the office today for a consultation at (818) 905-5400.