Dental implants are considered a strong, long-lasting treatment option for patients with lost or missing teeth. Though some dentists must refer patients to an oral surgeon for this procedure, Dr. Frey is recognized as a top Beverly Hills implant dentist.
Below, Dr. Frey answers some of the most common questions about dental implants and high-quality porcelain crowns.
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What is a dental implant? How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is meant to replace teeth that are lost or missing. Each implant consists of a fake tooth, and a biocompatible “root” made from titanium that is attached to the bone – just like a natural tooth. Dental implants can be applied to replace one or two missing teeth, an entire arch of teeth, and even an entire smile.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, and provide a very strong foundation for new teeth in the jawbone. When the root is not replaced from a missing tooth, the jawbone sinks where the tooth used to be and can shrink the bone. This is known as “bone resorption,” which alters the entire shape of your face and makes you look older. Dentures typically become loose as your jawbone shrinks, and your gums recede. Dental implants are permanent, and allow you to bite, chew, and smile efficiently.
For maximum effect, implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative dental procedures.
Are dental implants used for one tooth, or many teeth?
A dental implant can hold more than one tooth, in what we call a “dental bridge,” or just one tooth, a “dental crown.” Several teeth can be replaced with a dental bridge, in a customized way depending on the shape of your jaw and smile:
- Two to three dental implants will support one dental bridge, for just one area of your smile
- Your entire upper or lower arch can be replaced with five to six dental implants
- Ten to twelve dental implants can replace your entire smile
Those who opt for dental implants can choose between a fixed dental bridge, or a hybrid dental bridge that “snaps” onto the implant abutments.
What are all-on-four dental Implants?
what are the advantages of all-on-four implants?
How many visits are required to apply dental implants?
Dental implants can be applied in just one visit. During the first visit, we will place the titanium root with a temporary tooth on top. We call this procedure “Teeth in a Day.” A single implant procedure can be completed in less than one hour.
How long does the dental implant take to heal?
The total healing time can take 3 months, during which you can wear a natural-looking provisional tooth. During this time, osseointegration will occur, in which the bone becomes one with the new root. Once the bone has healed, an abutment is attached to the implant and the crown or bridge is placed over it.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Daily brushing and flossing, just as you would care for natural teeth, will keep your new smile looking radiant and healthy.
How long does a dental implant last?
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Does this procedure hurt?
There are no nerves in the bone, and many of our patients do not experience post-operative discomfort. In most instances, dental implant procedures can be performed with local anesthetic; however, Dr. Frey also practices sedation dentistry. If you’re concerned about post-operative discomfort, Dr. Frey can also prescribe pain medication.
It’s important to follow the written instructions, which Dr. Frey will provide, to ensure that your implants heal quickly and properly.
Are dental implants for me?
It’s time to replace those lost, missing teeth. If you want to look healthier and younger, and are interested to learn more about dental implants as a permanent solution, call 310.276.4537 to schedule a free smile assessment today.