posted byMuse Dental GroupJune 15, 2021
One of the premier cosmetic dental clinics, Muse Dental Group is the perfect place to get dental implants in Los Angeles.
If you are missing a tooth due to decay or trauma, dental implants are a fantastic restorative procedure that will help correct your smile.
In this article, we are going to discuss:
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. They involve a surgical cosmetic procedure that secures the new tooth in the bone, restoring not only the patient’s smile but also their ability to eat and speak normally.
There are many benefits to getting an implant over other cosmetic restoration treatments, such as a bridge.
Other solutions may come undone or need to be replaced over time, while implants are about 98% effective. This means your implant will last you a lifetime without having to worry that the replacement tooth will move or fall out.
Therefore implants are the most durable option!
Additionally, since implants are so secure, they allow you to eat and speak normally. For example, when wearing dentures or a flipper (a type of partial denture similar to a retainer) the mechanism could move, making it difficult to speak.
Or, when wearing a flipper it has to be removed every time you eat, which can become cumbersome over time.
Unlike bridges, which require other surrounding teeth to be altered for the bridge to fit, implants do not require alteration of surrounding teeth. However, the process of getting an implant is more complex as it requires multiple appointments and oral surgery.
Most patients will be able to get an implant, as long as they have no underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. However, it is necessary for the patient to have healthy gums before the procedure.
Since the implant will be secured to the bone under the gums, there also must be enough bone to ensure that the implant remains secure.
Dental implants are complex procedures that often require more than one dental specialist, from periodontists to oral surgeons.
While this may sound overwhelming at first, each specialist will ensure that each step of the procedure is done perfectly.
The dental implant process begins with a dental exam which will include x-rays of the teeth and jaw. Your dentist will then create a tailored treatment plan depending on your medical history and the number of teeth that need to be replaced.
The actual dental implant procedure requires multiple appointments to complete, beginning with the removal of damaged teeth.
Not all patients will have damaged teeth that need removal, but if this step is necessary, the patient will need to have the teeth extracted and wait for the area to heal fully before proceeding.
Additionally, in cases where there is not enough bone to support the teeth, the patient will need to get a bone graft. This involves transplanting bone, either synthetic or from elsewhere in the body, to strengthen the jawbone, where the implant will sit.
The next step is placing the actual implant, during which the oral surgeon will cut open the gum to gain access to the bone underneath. Then, holes will be drilled into the bone so that the metal screw to which the new tooth will be attached can be placed.
After this procedure the area will need to heal once more so that the bone can grow around the screw, securing the implant into the bone.
Then an abutment will be attached to the implant, which will allow for the crown, or replacement tooth, to be secured to the implant. This can be done during the initial implant surgery or at a separate time. However, it requires the gums to be surgically opened again.
Once the implant has fully healed, an impression will be made of your bite so that custom artificial teeth can be created. The tooth will then be screwed into the abutment and your new smile is complete!
After the procedure, your face may be slightly swollen and you may feel some pain at the implant site.
Be sure to maintain your oral health by brushing and flossing to keep the implant site and tooth clean. Also, visit your dentist regularly so that he or she can check up on your implant.
Muse Dental Group is a great choice to get your implants in Los Angeles, providing high-quality cosmetic dental treatments.
At Muse Dental, we focus on two main areas of dentistry: cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic restoration.
This means we will not only improve the aesthetics of your smile by placing an implant, but we also do so in a way that restores the function of your teeth, so that you can eat and speak properly again.
We understand that implants can be cumbersome and anxiety-inducing. Our personable dentists have over twenty years of experience and are dedicated to providing the best experience possible.
If you need an implant to restore your smile, get your implant in Los Angeles at Muse Dental.
We will support you from start to finish, providing the preliminary procedures, such as extractions and bone grafts.
Make an appointment at Muse Dental Group today and Dr. G. Bardakjian will guide you through the implant process and evaluate which treatment plan would be best for your case.