Dental Implants

Dental ImplantsDental implants are a convenient alternative to permanent dentures. Rather than living with the unsightliness of tooth loss or the inconvenience of traditional methods, implants allow you to have a bright, beautiful smile without relying on removable dentures. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist can create the right dental implants for you, improving your appearance, self-confidence, and lifestyle.

Who Benefits from Dental Implants?

Anyone who has suffered permanent tooth loss will benefit greatly from dental implants. If you have dentures or removable bridge work, dental implants offer a much more convenient alternative. Due to advances in technology which allow dentists to create individually-crafted prosthetics, dental implants function in a similar way to natural teeth. This allows the patient to enjoy a reversal the effects of tooth loss without the problems associated with traditional methods, such as dentures, which are inconvenient and time-consuming, and bridge work, which relies on surrounding teeth for structural support.

Why Choose "Dental Implants"?

• Missing teeth affect the structural integrity of the jawbone and surrounding tissues
• Deterioration of the jawbone due to tooth loss can lead to fracture
• Dental implants provide permanent stability without adjustments
• Dental implants are identical to natural teeth, improving your self-image, confidence and appearance

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants use titanium screws which are implanted into the jaw, creating a permanent “root” for the new tooth. This allows the implant to function in a similar manner to the original tooth, without relying on support of surrounding teeth, which may also be compromised.

Dental Implant Procedure

In order to tolerate dental implants, it is necessary to have strong bone structure and healthy gums. While existing jawbone and gum structure is best, bone grafts can be performed if serious deterioration of the bone has already occurred. Although this procedure takes longer and is more invasive, it provides the foundation for a strong implant procedure.

Dental Implant Procedures Include 2 Parts

• Surgery is required to place the foundation for the implant
• The replacement crown or bridge is installed after the foundation has healed

Am I Too Old For Dental Implants?

Older patients may actually benefit most from dental implants in the long term. While the prospect of dental surgery is often daunting, implant surgery ultimately benefits the entire tooth system. If you are healthy enough for tooth extraction, you can probably tolerate dental implant procedures. Our Northridge dentist can review your medical history and help you decide if dental implants are the right procedure for you.

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