Dental Implants Long Beach
Conveniently located to serve Lakewood, Los Alamitos, Los Altos, and Belmont Shore
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Patients who have lost their permanent teeth are ideal candidates for dental implants. Good candidates are looking for a permanent solution instead of removable measures like dentures.
Patients with unhealthy gums or brittle bones are not considered ideal candidates for dental implants. The same goes for patients who are undergoing therapy or are taking medications that cause issues with gum tissue, the mouth, or the jawbone. Patients who are experiencing issues that make their gums swollen and infected will first need to address those issues.
The dental implant consultation
During a consultation for dental implants, patients will be examined to see if they are in good health. They will also be asked about any health issues or complications that might interfere with the procedure. Patients who suffer from excessive bleeding, have bleeding gums, or have brittle bones might require more testing to see if they qualify.
Patients will then be told what placement of dental implants will involve and what they can expect following the procedure. Any questions the patients have will be answered at this time.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
Dental implants financing
We have many financing options available to help patients pay for the cost of their dental implants. Options to aid in covering the price of this procedure include CareCredit and Lending Club Patient Financing.
Arrange your consultation
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.