Dental Implants

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Dealing with teeth loss has both physical and emotional difficulties. However, modern dental techniques now allow efficient and long-lasting tooth replacement through dental implants. This long-lasting option for tooth replacement has helped countless patients regain a smile that they can feel confident in. Everyone deserves to have a smile they are proud to share with the world.

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. If you go too long with missing teeth, you put the health of your jaw at risk. But with dental implants, your bone will remain strong and healthy.

So in this way 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.

The implant tooth will look and function like your other natural teeth. That means speaking, eating, and even breathing will all go back to how they were before you lost your tooth.

Dental Implants vs. Bridges

The only 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. However, some patients might choose another tooth replacement procedure, such as dental bridges.

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 limitations. When considering either, the team at Encino Family Dental will work with you to develop a plan that matches your needs.

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. Your jaw naturally grows around the implant, holding it firmly throughout the coming years.

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. We will provide you with full information on how to get the most out of your dental implants.

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. Implants are a long-term investment and are well worth taking good care of them. Take care of your implants, and your implants will take care of you.

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. Though it might sound intimidating, a bone graft is actually a straightforward procedure.

Once the jaw is ready, the dentist will surgically place the implant into the jawbone. Some patients might choose to have multiple implants at once.

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. You might notice discomfort can arise after surgery, but we work with you to keep it at manageable levels. For most patients, this is nothing more than a slightly sore feeling at the implant site.

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 and provide a comfortable experience. It is time to take back your smile.

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. We believe everyone deserves to feel confident in their smile and that your teeth should be a source of self-esteem and joy.

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