Dental Implants

Dental Implants Beverly Hills

If you are missing one, a few, or all your teeth--then dental implants are right for you! Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. They serve as a foundation for bridges or crowns which replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a post made of titanium that is embedded in the jawbone just below the gum line. Dental implants are durable and do not become loose like dentures. They do not need support from surrounding teeth. This makes them a better alternative than other available options. Patients lose their teeth from: disease, gingivitis, decay or injury. Whatever reason you lost your teeth, rest assured that your smile can be restored.

Surgery is required to receive dental implants; patients seeking them should be in good general and oral health. Our dentists will affirm whether you are a good candidate for the surgery.

There are two types of dental implants:

Endosteal: Endosteal implants are attached to the jaw bone; they are the most common implant. Endosteal provides an alternative to bridges and dentures and is capable of holding one or more prosthetic teeth. These implants consist of screws, blades or cylinders; they are implanted into the jawbone during surgery.

Subperiosteal: Subperiosteal implants are "on-the-bone" implants. They are placed onto the jaw; posts from the gum are used to hold prosthetic teeth. These implants are used for patients who lack adequate bone structure and for patients who cannot wear dentures.

Dental implants require specialists who have training and experience. Our expert dentists will consult with you on providing the best treatment possible. If you are missing a tooth, a crown, or mulitple teeth, implants can be used to replace them. For more than one missing tooth, bridges supported by dental implants will used. In cases where all the teeth are missing, a full bridge or denture may be required.

In certain cases, placing dental implants is difficult due to a lack of proper bone structure. In these cases, your dentist may suggest a sinus augmentation. A sinus lift is a procedure in which the sinus floor is raised and the bone is developed for implants to be placed. In other cases, a ridge modification may be performed. A ridge modification entails a lifting of the dental bridge. Defects are filled with bone or bone substitutes. Afterwards, implants can be successfully placed.

If you are looking to renew your smile, call Beverly Hills Dentistry to receive an expert consultation!