Dental Implants – Los Angeles, CA
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If you have lost teeth over the years, you have likely tried traditional treatments to fill the empty spaces in your smile, like dental bridges or dentures. Although you had high hopes, you did not achieve the results you wanted. Now, you can enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth with dental implants in Los Angeles. Dr. Les Latner will help you invest in your oral health and your quality of life using a solution that can last for several decades. If you are ready to invest in your smile, do not wait. Contact our office today to see if dental implants are right for you!
Why Choose Westside Dental Associates for Dental Implants?
- Partners with Local Dental Implant Specialists
- Dentist with 30+ Years of Experience
- Affordable, Flexible Payment Options Available
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is composed of three parts. This includes the titanium implant itself, the abutment that connects the restoration to the implant, and the restoration (a crown, bridge, or denture) that inevitably sits on top. In order to place the implant, a small incision is made in the gum tissue and the implant is inserted inside of the jaw. After the implant is placed, we give it plenty of time to heal, usually about four to six months. Once it’s fully fused, you can have the abutment component placed and give the gum tissue time to heal around it. Once all is said and done, the restoration is placed on top. This crown, bridge, or denture is customized to keep your bite even, last for many years, and look incredibly natural while doing so.
Because dental implants are the only tooth replacement method to rebuild the entire structure of the tooth beneath the gums, they are often considered the gold standard for replacing lost teeth.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Providing maximum support, a natural appearance, and long-lasing results, it is no wonder that dental implants in Los Angeles are one of the most popular tooth replacement solutions available today.
But what exactly is involved in the dental implant treatment process? If you are considering filling the gaps in your smile with dental implants but want to know more about the procedure, you have come to the right place. Our knowledgeable team provides a step-by-step breakdown of the smile restoration journey below.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
The journey to your new, restored smile begins when you step through the doors at Westside Dental Associates for an initial dental implant consultation with Dr. Les Latner. During this first visit, Dr. Latner will talk with you about your unique smile goals, habits, and overall oral health. If you have any questions about the dental implant treatment process, now is the perfect time to ask!
After evaluating your case, Dr. Latner will decide whether dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution for you. If they are, there may be some preliminary steps that need to be completed before beginning implant treatment. For example, some patients with weak jawbones must first get a bone graft in order to support dental implants.
If you do not need a bone graft or other preliminary treatment, you can proceed straight to the next step in the dental implant process.
Dental Implant Surgery
Placing a dental implant can be completed with just a single, minimally invasive procedure performed by an experienced dentist in Los Angeles.
First, your gums will be opened, and the implant post will be inserted. Once the implant is placed, your gums will be sewn back up and the healing process will begin.
Thanks to dental sedation and local anesthetic, we can assure you that you will be completely comfortable throughout the entire placement procedure.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
Dental implants are typically made from titanium, an incredibly strong metal. Because titanium is also biocompatible, it can fuse with the surrounding jawbone without the body rejecting it. This process, known as osseointegration, is an important part of dental implant treatment. A strong bond between the implant and your jawbone will develop over several months and will provide maximum support for your new teeth.
After your implants and jawbone have successfully fused together, Dr. Latner will place abutments on top of the implants. Abutments are small connector pieces that enable a crown, bridge, or denture to attach to an implant.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
After your implant has fully healed, we will welcome you back to our office for the final step – getting your new teeth! Dr. Latner will first check to make sure that your custom-made dental prosthesis will provide you with a comfortable, well-aligned bite and blend in appearance-wise with the rest of your smile. He will then attach the new crown, bridge, or denture to your implant(s) via the abutment. Once your new teeth are in place, you can immediately continue on with your day and begin showing off your newly restored smile!
Benefits of Dental Implants
You have multiple options to treat tooth loss, but only one replaces both the root and the crown. A titanium implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone to mimic a new root. This provides a secure foundation for your restoration. This method and the materials used allow you to enjoy several benefits not possible with traditional dental prosthetics, including:
- Over a 95% success rate.
- Natural-looking results using all-ceramic material.
- Feels natural by eliminating slipping or irritation.
- Regain as much as 70% of your biting force.
- Does not alter healthy teeth.
- Preserves your jawbone’s density to improve your oral health.
- Protects your facial structures.
- Long-term, cost-effective treatment.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Contrary to common belief, dental implants can treat all cases of tooth loss if you are a candidate for the treatment. Your dentist in Los Angeles, Dr. Latner, creates a personalized treatment plan to replace your missing teeth. The process varies slightly depending on how many teeth you are replacing.
Missing One Tooth
A single missing tooth can be replaced using an implant post, an abutment, and a dental crown. This eliminates the need for a traditional crown and bridge.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Several consecutive missing teeth can be replaced using an implant-retained bridge. The prosthetic teeth are designed from an impression of your mouth. It is held in place using an implant post at either end to secure it to your jawbone.
Missing All Teeth
You can skip the hassle of an adhesive and hold your denture in place using an average of four implant posts. You will never need to worry about slipping or irritation again while enjoying a solution that can last for several decades.Learn More About Implant Dentures Learn More About All-on-4
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
It is no secret dental implants can be expensive, but they are more cost-effective long-term. The amount you pay is based on your individual treatment plan. There are several factors that influence the cost, such as the number of teeth being treated, additional procedures, and your dental coverage. Although your insurance will not pay for the entire treatment, it can help lower certain aspects, such as the restorations. We help you maximize the value of your policy to reduce the amount you need to pay.
Types of Dental Implants
One of the main factors that affect dental implant cost is the exact nature of your treatment. For example, a single implant post topped with a dental crown will cost significantly less than a full denture that is supported by four to six implants. There are also different materials that implants can be made from, as well as a variety of placement techniques. During your consultation, Dr. Latner, your implant dentist in Los Angeles, will discuss the details of your procedure with you and lay out a personalized cost estimate.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
On the bright side, you won’t have to pay for the entirely of your new teeth all at once. The dental implant process requires several different procedures that are spaced out over the course of several months. That way, you can break up the cost of dental implants into manageable portions. Some of the steps of your treatment may include:
- Initial consultation
- Any necessary preparatory work (bone grafting, tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, etc.)
- Implant placement surgery
- Placement of abutments (small metal pieces that connect your implant to its restoration)
- Design and installation of restoration (crown, bridge, or denture)
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Yes, dental implants are absolutely worth the investment! With the right aftercare, they can last a lifetime, while traditional dentures and bridges barely last a decade – giving dental implants a better long-term value. Furthermore, dental implants offer a multitude of truly priceless benefits that alternative options can’t deliver. For instance, implant-retained teeth are sturdy enough to let you chew virtually any food. They also look and feel just as natural as your original pearly whites. The vast majority of our patients with dental implants have claimed they were worth every single penny.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental insurance companies didn’t use to cover implants because they considered them to be purely cosmetic. However, more and more insurance policies are beginning to at least partially cover the cost of dental implants in Los Angeles. If they won’t pay for the implants themselves, they may reduce your out-of-pocket costs for another part of the treatment, such as preparatory work or the restoration.
At Westside Dental Associates, we’ll happily maximize benefits for all major dental insurance plans. We also offer low-interest financing through CareCredit to help you break up the cost into reasonable monthly installments.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do you have more questions about dental implants in Los Angeles? Don’t worry, we are here for you! Our expert team at Westside Dental Associates has compiled some of the most common questions – and answers – about dental implants below. If you still have questions or concerns after reading the information below, do not hesitate to contact us online or call the office to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Latner.
How Long Do Dental Implants Take to Heal?
In general, dental implants fully heal and fuse with the surrounding jawbone in approximately four to six months. However, the length of recovery following the implant placement procedure can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the density of the patient’s jawbone and the number of implants inserted into the jaw.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Are you searching for a long-term solution for the gap in your smile? With proper care, dental implants can last for decades – perhaps even the rest of your life! Indeed, dental implants are easily the longest-lasting tooth replacement solution available today. Once you have successfully undergone implant treatment, you will likely just need to periodically replace the crown or other implant-supported prosthetic – typically every 5 to 15 years.
Here are three easy tips for preserving your dental implants:
- Brush twice a day for a full two minutes each time
- Floss daily
- Visit Westside Dental Associates twice a year for a dental exam and cleaning
Can I Smoke with Dental Implants?
While it is possible to undergo implant treatment if you habitually smoke tobacco, the risk of implant failure is much higher than usual. Indeed, multiple studies have shown that smokers can have a dental implant failure as high as 20 percent – significantly higher the national average.
Why is smoking so bad for dental implants? The nicotine in tobacco reduces blood flow, which can slow the rate at which your body heals after surgery. The healing process, in which the dental implant fuses with the surrounding jawbone, is a critical part of the dental implant process. Failure of the implant to fully fuse with the bone is likely to lead to implant failure.
How Long Have Dental Implants Been Around?
Dentists began successfully experimenting with titanium dental implants after an orthopedic surgeon discovered the metal’s biocompatible properties in the early 1950’s. Modern dental implants really took off in the 1970’s and are today considered the most effective and reliable tooth replacement solution available.
What’s really interesting, however, is the fact that primitive dental implants were used all the way back in ancient China! Archeologists believe carved bamboo pegs unearthed in China were used as dental implants beginning in 2000 BC. Sounds painful!