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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

The typical process takes about 6 to 10 months. I will break down each step.

Usually we are starting with a tooth that needs to be removed. So first we pull the tooth and place a bone graft. The bone graft helps preserve the volume of bone. Healing time for the graft to turn into real bone is about 3 to 4 months. 

After the graft healed, we place the implant. The implant needs to integrate (bone grows tightly around the implant threads locking it in place) which usually takes 3 to 6 months depending on how much torque is achieved when the implant is placed.

The implant can sometimes be left exposed and a healing abutment (gum former) placed at the time of surgery (one stage approach). Sometimes it is covered up by the gum to allow more protection during healing (two stage approach). If a two stage approach is used this requires another 4 weeks of healing.

At this point we are ready for the impression or scan of the implant which is used to make the abutment and crown.

So to summarize: 

  1. Bone Graft - 3 to 4 months
  2. Implant - 3 to 6 months
  3. Second Stage - 1 month
  4. Making the restoration - 2 weeks.

 

 

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option on the planet. Not only do dental implants restore your smile, but they also improve your oral health and may help prevent future tooth loss.

At Modern American Dentistry, our top dental implant dentists routinely provide dental implants to patients with fabulous results—beautiful smiles and healthier oral outlooks.

Dental implants are small titanium screws implanted in your gum. Over a period of months, these posts fuse with your jawbone and create a solid foundation for restoration teeth or implant-supported dentures.

The oral health benefits of dental implants are many. For example, when a tooth is missing, your jawbone shrinks away. You’re left with a sunken appearance, which may make you look older than your age. A dental implant post keeps your jawbone healthy and present.

Also, dental implants stop your natural teeth from shifting, which they tend to do when you suffer from tooth loss. When teeth shift, your bite is not even. This may lead to erosion or uneven wear on certain teeth.

Finally, dental implants allow you to enhance your diet and bring back the crunchy and healthy foods you left behind!

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Contact our Woodland Hills or Manhattan Beach CA dental office to schedule an implant exam or if you have questions about dental implants.

When you lose teeth it is important to consider replacing them for several reasons. When you are missing teeth, you can start becoming self-conscious about your smile. People often start to change the way they behave in public and around friends and family because they are embarrassed of their smile. Teeth can also start shifting after a while similar to pulling a book out of a book case. When you pull the book out the books next door fall into the space left by the book you removed. Teeth behave very similarly. Teeth next door drift in to fill the space and the tooth above and below can also erupt out of its socket to fill the space. Once this happens you may need expensive braces to correct the problem and create space for the tooth replacement.
 
There are pretty much only 3 ways to replace missing teeth. These three options involve bridges, removable partials or dentures and dental implants
 
If you've been putting off replacing your missing tooth, our team at Modern American Dentistry strongly suggest that you speak with a dental professional at our offices to learn more about your tooth replacement options in the Woodland Hills and Manhattan Beach Areas. 
 

Learn more regarding your tooth replacement options here.

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