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Dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing teeth. But they do more than improve your smile: they can restore your ability to eat, chew and talk properly, especially if the teeth replaced are in the back of your mouth. What’s more, they can improve the entire look of your face by restoring facial height and cheek support lost because of the missing teeth.
There is, however, one obstacle to overcome before receiving dental implants — a lack of sufficient bone at the implant site. Bone loss usually occurs when teeth have been missing for some time. This is because when we chew the forces generated by the teeth stimulate continual bone growth to make up for older bone that has dissolved (resorbed). This stimulation doesn’t occur after teeth are lost, which slows the rate of bone growth. Over time the amount of healthy bone diminishes.
Without enough bone for support, implants can’t be placed properly. Fortunately, some of the bone can be regenerated through techniques that place bone grafting material at the site to stimulate and serve as a scaffold for new bone.Â The new bone will eventually replace the graft.
For missing upper back teeth with bone loss, we can take advantage of facial anatomy to grow the bone needed for implants. This area of the face is where the maxillary sinuses, air spaces lined with a tissue membrane, are located on either side just above the upper jaw. After determining their exact size and location through detailed x-ray imaging, we can surgically access the area inside the mouth just above the missing teeth.
The sinus cavity is an area where bone growth can occur by placing a bone graft between the floor of the sinus and the sinus membrane. Sometimes bone growth enhancers are used to stimulate and speed up regeneration. The procedure can usually be performed with local anesthesia (much like a routine tooth filling), with only mild discomfort afterward for a few days managed by an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen and a decongestant for sinus swelling.
After six to seven months, we re-evaluate the area to see if sufficient bone has returned for implant surgery. If so, you will be well on your way to achieving a new look and better function through dental implants.
If you would like more information on building new bone through sinus surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sinus Surgery.”
For many people, problems with their outward appearance often center on their smile, especially if it has gaps, stains, or misalignments.
Dental implants replace missing teeth to improve the overall appearance of the smile and help you feel great about the way you look. Find out more about dental implants by reading below, and if you are interested in treatment, contact Dr. Robert Meister, Dr. Sean Ebrahimian, Dr. Marise Sheth, and Dr. Fahtema Sadat at Hillside Dentistry and Orthodontics in Torrance, CA.
What is a dental implant?
Implants consist of three pieces:
- Fixture: Working as the foundation of the restoration, the fixture refers to a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone in order to replace the missing tooth root.
- Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the fixture to the replacement tooth so as to anchor the completed implant into place.
- Prosthetic: Customized in a dental laboratory, the prosthetic tooth replaces your missing tooth above the gum line.
What can I expect from a dental implant procedure?
The procedure for a dental implant takes place in two phases: one for preparing the teeth and placing the fixture, and a second after the healing process to place the finalized prosthetic teeth. The time between phases depends on the type and amount of implants your dentist places. After the implant site heals, your dentist will attach the prosthetic tooth via the abutment.
Dental implants from our Torrance office
Implants are safe and have been in use for decades. Modern implants are made from titanium, and are able to replace a single tooth, several teeth in a row, or even an entire arch of teeth depending on the situation. A consultation with your dentist can help you to better understand this dental restoration and assess if it is the best treatment for your smile.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Robert Meister, Dr. Sean Ebrahimian, Dr. Marise Sheth, or Dr. Fahtema Sadat at Hillside Dentistry and Orthodontics in Torrance, CA. Call (310) 530-4300 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Do you need dental implants?
Are you suffering from the loss of teeth? Do you want to restore your smile? If the answer is yes, then you need to speak with your Torrance, CA, dentists about dental implants.
More About Dental Implants
Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. Dental implants help stabilize, strengthen, and prevent weakening and shrinking of your jawbone.
The next step involves allowing 3 to 6 months for osseointegration, the process in which the titanium post bonds to the jawbone, to occur.
You will then need to come back to our Torrance office so that the dentist can secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Having a great smile isn't the only advantage dental implants provide:
- A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
- Dental implants are 95 percent successful.
- Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place, so they don't fall out.
- The dental implants can last a lifetime.
- They can restore bite and chewing function.
Implants are used to replace missing teeth in a variety of ways:
Replace One Tooth — A single dental implant replaces a missing a dental root and the crown the visible portion of the tooth.
Replace Multiple Teeth — Dental implants provide a replacement mechanism for that provide support for fixed bridgework. If you're missing a row of teeth, your dentist inserts a dental implant on either side of the dental gap and a crown is placed in the center that doesn't need a dental implant.
Replace All Teeth Permanently — Dental implants provide support for an entire arch, upper and/or lower, permanent replacement that lasts a lifetime. Four to six implants support a row of 10 to 12 teeth.
For more information about dental implants, contact your Torrance, CA dentists at Hillside Dentistry & Orthodontics, by calling (310) 530-4300.
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you’re in good company. Dentists have placed more than 3 million of these popular devices since their introduction in the early 1980s.
But if you have multiple missing teeth, you might think the cost of all those individual implants could put them out of your league. Yes, replacing multiple teeth with individual implants can be quite expensive—but implant technology isn’t limited to one tooth at a time. A few well-placed implants can impart their proven durability and stability to other types of restorations.
For example, we can incorporate implants into a bridge for a series of missing teeth. Conventional bridges are normally fixed in place by altering and then crowning natural teeth on each side of the missing teeth gap with a fixed row of prosthetic (false) teeth in the middle to fill it. Instead, two implants placed at the ends of the gap can support the bridge rather than natural teeth. This not only provides greater stability for the bridge, it also avoids permanent altering the natural teeth that would have been used.
Implants can also support a fixed bridge to restore complete tooth loss on a jaw. The new bridge is attached to a few strategically placed implants along the jaw line to equally distribute biting forces. This can result in a strong hold with excellent durability.
We can also use implants to improve traditional dentures. Dentures normally rest directly on the gums’ bony ridges, depending on a snug fit for stability. But bone loss, a natural consequence of missing teeth, can still occur while wearing dentures, which may in fact accelerate the rate of loss due to the appliance’s constant pressure and friction against the gums.
Instead, just a few implants placed along the jaw can, with attachments built into the denture, hold it securely in place. This not only decreases the pressure on the gums, but the natural bone growth that occurs around the implant may even deter bone loss.
Depending on your situation, there could be a viable restoration solution involving implants. Visit our office for a complete examination and evaluation to see if implants could help change your smile forever.
If you would like more information on implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101: the Most Significant Innovation in the Past Century.”
Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.
Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?
Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).
Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.
Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.
With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”