Dental Implants Cerritos CA

Dental Implants

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN CERRITOS

If your tooth is being removed or you already have teeth missing from damage or decay, dental implants provide a possible solution. Different types of implants are available for your situation. For example, you can get a single implant for one missing tooth, and implants can also help restore multiple missing teeth.

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants replace missing teeth while closely resembling real teeth. A single implant includes two parts: a titanium post and a crown. Our dentist puts the post into the jawbone and gums, where it will become permanently attached and act as a tooth root. A crown is attached to the post to provide a similar look and function of a real tooth.

WHAT IS A SINGLE TOOTH DENTAL IMPLANT?

Single-tooth implant treatment is used when the patient has lost one tooth due to an accident or from periodontal disease. This basic type of dental implant involves a single titanium post being implanted into the jawbone with a crown added to the top. This method is used when one tooth is missing, and the jawbone and gums have the structure to support the post.

CAN DENTAL IMPLANTS REPLACE MULTIPLE MISSING TEETH?

Multiple implants are used when patients are missing more than one tooth, but still have healthy gums and surrounding teeth. Full mouth implants are for patients who should replace the full upper and/or lower set of their teeth. This can be done through All-on-4 dental implants, which use four implants to support a full arch bridge. Implants can also support partial or full dentures. For partial dentures, rather than having surrounding teeth support the denture, this method attaches the partial denture to implant posts that are permanently attached to the jawbone for improved strength and permanency.

Dental Implants in Cerritos CA
Dental Implants in Cerritos CA

WHO NEEDS DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are great if you have one or more teeth missing or need to have a tooth removed. They work for adolescents and adults once the facial structure has fully formed. You may want implants if you’d like a permanent solution that looks and functions like real teeth.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants fill in missing teeth while looking and working like the real thing. They can improve confidence, comfort, eating, talking, and appearance. Also, they improve oral health by maintaining the jawbone structure and the health of neighboring teeth. They are fixed in place and can last a lifetime.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?

A dental implant involves surgery, which has risks. Risks of dental implant surgery include nerve damage, infection, or damage to surrounding teeth or other parts of the mouth. There could be bone loss, implant breakage, or similar implant problems. Talk to our dentist about possible risks.

CAN I GET SEDATION FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

You will receive anesthesia to receive implants, but the type varies. Our dentist may use local anesthetic for a small number of implants, while general anesthetic may be necessary for more extensive work. You may have the option of conscious sedation with local anesthetic.

HOW LONG DOES A DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT TAKE?

The dental appointments to implant the post and attach the crown are relatively quick outpatient processes. The long part is waiting for the jawbone to attach to the implant post, which can take months. You may need a separate surgery for an abutment that may be needed to attach the post and crown, which requires two weeks to heal.

ARE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES PAINFUL?

This procedure can bring pain and discomfort typical of dental surgery. You may experience pain where the implant was placed, as well as minor bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Our dentist may recommend pain medications and possibly antibiotics. Eating soft foods during healing may reduce pain.

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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING A DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE?

Generally, dental implants require multiple stages. If needed, our dentist removes tooth damage and prepares the jawbone and gums. The implant is placed, and you wait for the bone to grow and heal. The abutment is placed along with the implant or in a separate procedure. Then, the custom crown is added.

WHAT IS THE DENTAL IMPLANT RECOVERY PROCESS?

After implant surgery, you may be prescribed pain medication. You may have a temporary crown or bridge that will require certain precautions. Our dentist will give you guidelines to follow during recovery that include restrictions on eating and drinking, do's and don’ts, and what to expect.

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS SUCCESSFUL?

In rare cases, the implant doesn’t connect with the jawbone or otherwise fails, but overall, dental implants are successful and long-lasting. You can increase the chances of success by following the recovery plan from our dentist and caring for your new implants properly, including going for dental checkups.

CAN I EAT OR DRINK WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants allow you to eat more normally than other options such as dentures. Nonetheless, you will have certain restrictions on eating and drinking during the recovery process. For example, you will need to avoid overly hot foods and eat pureed or soft foods at first.

WHEN DO I NEED A CHECK-UP AFTER DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Initial check-ups will ensure everything looks good. Over time our dentist will check on the progress, looking for signs of gum disease and implant failure to ensure success or resolve any issues.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?

It’s important to follow the directions our dentist gives you for the healing process. After your crowns are in place, you should follow proper oral hygiene as would be recommended with natural teeth. This includes proper brushing and flossing as well as regular dental checkups and cleanings.

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WHAT IS THE COST OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?

On average, you can expect to pay approximately $2,500 for a single dental implant. For a full list of our dental implant specials and pricing, please speak to one of our expert treatment coordinators who will assist you in finding the most affordable dental implant plan.

DOES INSURANCE COVER DENTAL IMPLANTS?

In most cases, your dental insurance will not cover the cost of dental implants, although it may help with the cost of crowns. This is because insurance companies generally consider this procedure to be an elective one, despite it being helpful for oral health and function.

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