Dental Implants Whittier
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Roodzant or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Dr. Roodzant maintains good relationships with a variety of dental specialists with whom he has supreme confidence. Referral to a surgeon for the placement of dental implants is a customary way to assist patients in the replacement of missing teeth, either as a single tooth or part of a bridge or implant supported denture. Current techniques often allow the placement of an implant at the same appointment that a tooth is extracted. This may occur with or without additional bone grafting, and allows Dr. Roodzant to install a new tooth within a few months. At no time will our patients be cosmetically compromised by showing missing teeth, as temporary solutions will be utilized.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrudes through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For some patients, who are missing more than one or two teeth, the placement of dental implants may involve two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Roodzant can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure may take six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Are You Ready to Restore Your Smile?
Don’t suffer the consequences of damaged teeth! Dental implants are natural-looking restorations that can repair severe dental problems. Start smiling better today!