Dental Implants

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are simply replacement tooth roots for when your natural tooth is missing. They can be needed if you have recently had a tooth extracted or have lost teeth due to physical trauma.

These teeth implants act as anchors to support a dental crown or prosthesis, such as a bridge or denture. In other words, they are the foundation upon which a new smile can be built.

At Encino Family Dental, Dr. Yassa and her team provide patients with high-quality implants that can support replacement teeth and help you regain confidence in your smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

With implants, a significant advantage is that they support jaw health. Your bone will remain strong and healthy. The implant tooth will look and function like your other natural teeth.

Dental implants not only improve your look but help keep your jaw healthy. Missing teeth can lead to changes in jaw posture and chewing that might lead to other issues down the road.

Dental Implants vs. Bridges

The drawback of implants is that they need a higher upfront commitment. There are more costs and time commitments with implants. But, they provide lasting results. Intended as a permanent fix, dental implants can last for 25 years or more when cared for properly.

Bridges are a quicker and more economical fix when compared to implants. The disadvantage is that bridges have less stability and a shorter lifespan. Expect a bridge to only last about 7-10 years. Bridges can also weaken your adjacent teeth, leaving them vulnerable to decay.

Each option has its advantages and drawbacks. When considering either, the team at Encino Family Dental will work with you to develop a plan that matches your needs.

What Are The Negative Side Effects Of Implants?

Like any other surgery, getting implants has its own potential risks. Our skilled team of dental professionals takes every precaution to provide a comfortable, successful experience. But, we believe it is essential that patients be aware of all aspects of any procedure.

Some possible risks include:

  • implant site infections
  • damage or injury to surrounding tooth structures, blood vessels or nerves
  • nerve damage leading to numbness, pain, or tingling in teeth, gums, or lips
  • implant protrusion into a sinus cavity

These risks are low and only occur in outlying cases. Even when these issues do arise, they are easily treated. In summary, getting dental implants is a very safe procedure.

Are Dental Implants As Strong As Real Teeth?

Implants are the next best thing to having your real natural teeth. And they are stable. The reason is that implants anchor to your actual jaw bone, instead of your tooth roots.

But, like your original teeth, they require care. If neglected, they may not provide the best results. It is crucial that you also do your part to ensure their longevity by caring for them and the teeth around them.

Can You Eat Hard Foods Like Nuts With Dental Implants?

Yes! You can most definitely eat hard foods. The reason for this goes back to implants having their anchor to bone. This strong foundation allows for more substantial pressure, and you can bite down without causing any damage. Unlike other teeth replacement like dentures, you can eat almost any food with a dental implant.

How Long Do Implants Last?

Your dental implants are made from titanium metal that is anchored into your jaw bone. With proper care, expect your implant to last 20+ years, if not a lifetime.

The Procedure

Getting implants is a multistep treatment procedure. Some patients will need a bone graft first if they don’t have enough healthy bone for support. Once the jaw is ready, the dentist will surgically place the implant into the jawbone.

Afterward, there will be a waiting period for the metal implant and jawbone to fuse together. Though this takes time, it is part of what makes implants such a powerful part of tooth replacement.

When the fusion is complete, the dentist will place the abutment on top of the implant. The abutment is a metal post that will anchor in the crown that replaces the missing tooth.

Is The Procedure Painful?

Considering getting dental implants but concerned that the surgery might hurt? Rest assured, the procedure isn’t painful. In fact, most patients report minimal discomfort during the actual procedure. Minimal discomfort can arise after surgery, but we work with you to keep it at manageable levels.

Most patients find dental implants to be far more comfortable than they expect and more relaxed than many other routine dental work. However, if you do experience pain, it will be manageable, and if necessary, our cosmetic dentist will prescribe pain relievers.

Take the First Step Toward Rebuilding Your Smile Today

Our team is ready to answer any additional questions you might have about this procedure. We work closely with each patient to keep you informed every step of the way.

Call Encino Dentist today and schedule an appointment to learn more about this amazing procedure. Extracting or losing a tooth need not be the end but rather the beginning of restoring your smile. Our Cosmetic Dentist can help you see if getting dental implants is best for you.

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