Dental implants represent one of the most important advances in periodontics. It offers patients with missing or extremely damaged teeth the opportunity to once again enjoy a fully functional bite. The most difficult aspect of tooth loss or severe oral damage is that it can significantly change the function of the mouth and the appearance of facial structures. Even the loss of a few teeth can cause a sagging appearance and give the appearance of advanced age.
The primary limiting factor inherent in implant therapy is the amount of bone available to receive and support the dental implant. If it's determined that a patient does not have enough bone to support an implant restoration, bone grafting procedures may be considered. Heavy smoking and some medical conditions may preclude the use of implant therapy.
Implant dentistry is considered to be the next best thing to a patient's own teeth. A dental implant is a surgical replacement into the jawbone where it replaces the natural tooth root. It enables dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. Teeth implants are the alternatives to conventional bridges and dentures. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
In our Manhattan Beach office, dental implants are generally used in the following cases:
Implantation will allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues, without even touching the other teeth. More than that, the deformation in the upper and lower jaw can be corrected through dental implants.
Teeth implants act and look like natural teeth and give the original look to the denture. As they maintain bone mass, dental implants can help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth. In addition, they don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Implants support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture. They also provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable. Implants offer freedom from irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures.
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, then there is good news for you. Dental implants in Dr. Panah's practice are natural looking and feeling that you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Whether Endosteal (in the bone) or Subperiosteal (on the bone) type, Sinus Augmentation or Ridge Modification, Dr. Panah solves all the problems with utmost care.
Dr. Panah will consult with you to determine where and how the implant should be placed. Depending on the specified conditions and the type of tooth implant chosen, he will create a treatment plan according to your needs. In a few months time, the implant securely attaches to the bone and will allow it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural tooth. Under proper conditions and diligent patient maintenance, the success rate of implants in our practice is highly predictable.
The placement of a dental implant involves a series of visits. It starts with an initial consultation to ensure that a patient is a viable candidate for the procedure. At this point x-rays are taken and often impressions of the teeth and gums are made. Dr. Panah will evaluate each case carefully. This means examining the mouth and x-rays to evaluate the condition of the bone and other teeth. The actual surgical procedure begins with the preparation of the bone site for placement of the implant. The implant is a metal fixture which acts as an anchor placed into the jawbone.
There it will serve as a substitute root for the artificial tooth which will later be installed. Once in place this implant needs two to four months to fully heal. This gives the surrounding bone enough time to form a strong bond with the implant material. Dr. Panah handles the surgical aspects of the implant and works well with a patient's prosthodontist or general dentist who will create the crown or artificial tooth which attaches to the implant.
Patients are generally fitted with a temporary crown over the implant during the waiting time. This will facilitate eating and smiling during the healing process. Impressions of the teeth and gums are used to create a permanent crown (artificial tooth) which is fitted to the dental implant once it has healed. The entire procedure takes from six months to one year to complete as each case has individual requirements. It is possible to do a single tooth or many depending on the need. The success rate for implants is now very high and many patients are finding it the best option for tooth replacement.