Dental Implants Encino CA

Missing Tooth Replacement Solution

Dental care has improved significantly. Tooth decay has decreased and most people keep their teeth all their lives. Unfortunately, nearly 70% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth. Dental implants are a predictable way to help restore a smile and replace missing teeth. Implants have one of the highest success rates of any medical device (~95%) and are supported by over 50 years of research.

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About Dental Implants | Replacement Teeth Supports | Dental Implant Procedure

What is a Dental Implant?

Graphic showing cross-section image of outside and inside of a dental implant

Similar to tooth roots, the implants support the tooth restorations. The actual implant is a threaded titanium post that is carefully placed in the bone of the jaw. Over the following two to six months, implants osseointegrate. Osseointegration is a unique process where bone grows onto and fuses to the implant forming a secure and immovable base to support the tooth restoration. A single tooth can be replaced with one implant and in some cases an implant can replace two teeth.

Multiple teeth can be replaced supported by two or more strategically placed dental implants. It is even possible to replace an entire dentition with dental implants. Teeth replaced by implant supported teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. People who have lost teeth regain the ability to eat virtually anything. The natural facial contours are restored. Knowing that their teeth are secure and look natural allows patients with dental implants to smile with confidence.

Dental Implants to Support Replacement Teeth

Dental implants can be used to support either the replacement of fixed or removable replacement teeth. Implant-retained restorations do not require alterations of adjacent teeth. The negative effects on adjacent teeth and supporting bone caused by tooth or bone supported bridges or dentures are replaced by more favorable and natural effects. The implant fixtures alone provide the foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth.

Illustration of several dental implant posts and crowns, surgically added to lower jaw Some people chose implant supported removable partial or full dentures. Just like traditional removable full or partial dentures, implant supported removable partial or full dentures are a cost effective means of replacing multiple teeth. Implant supported removable restorations are more secure and stable and significantly increase a person’s function over traditional removable options. The need for clasps and wires is eliminated. Taste and feeling are restored and speech is improved. Implant supported removable restorations are less bulky than tissue or tooth supported dentures.

The most functional and conservative way to replace a missing tooth or teeth is with an implant supported fixed restoration. These restorations can be made to match the natural enamel color and shape of teeth creating a completely natural appearance and smile. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. Unlike tooth supported fixed bridges, implant supported restorations are not susceptible to tooth decay. Unlike full or partial dentures, the replacement teeth do not need to be removed to be cleaned and cosmetically resemble natural teeth.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

For more information about the dental implant surgery, please visit our What to Expect During Implant Surgery page or call our Encino office: Encino Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 818-990-5500.