If you lose one or several of your permanent teeth and you don’t want to wear dentures, consider dental implants. Dental implants are the sturdiest of all the restoration options, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. At The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery, in Pasadena, California, expert surgeon Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS, and the team regularly use dental implants to restore their patients’ smiles. If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Dental implants are small metal posts that serve as replacement tooth roots. During dental implant surgery, your Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic provider surgically places your implants into the spaces where your teeth used to be. Following surgery, your bone grows around each implant, fusing it to your jaw.
Dental implants are incredibly versatile; they can replace one tooth or all of your teeth. In addition, dental implants hold several different types of dental restorations, including crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures.
Dental implants provide an array of benefits, including:
Dental implants also prevent other, more serious health problems from occurring. If you’re missing one or multiple permanent teeth, you’re also at risk of gum recession and bone deterioration. Dental implants prevent these issues and also keep your remaining teeth from moving out of place.
If you have healthy gums and plenty of jawbone, you’re probably a good candidate for dental implants. If your jaw isn’t strong enough to hold implants, your dentist might recommend a bone graft. This procedure uses a bone from another part of your body or synthetic bone material to grow new, healthy bone tissue.
It’s also important that you’re healthy and able to undergo a routine dental procedure. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, make sure to let your surgeon know. These conditions won't’ necessarily prevent you from getting implants, but they may increase your risk of complications.
Getting dental implants usually takes 6-12 months and a series of several appointments. At your initial consultation, your Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery provider does an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and takes a series of 3D images using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). If your jaws, gums, and existing tooth roots are healthy, your surgeon moves ahead with treatment.
Your surgeon administers a local anesthetic and surgically places your dental implants –– one post for each missing tooth. Following surgery, you’re sent home to recover for a period of 3-4 months. Once your gums heal, you return to The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery.
At your second appointment, your surgeon takes impressions of your remaining teeth and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your crowns, bridge, or implant-supported dentures. Your surgeon also attaches a metal post called an abutment to each implant.
At your third and final appointment, your dentist once again administers a local anesthetic, and bonds your crowns, bridge, or implant-supported dentures in place. You leave the office with a brilliant, healthy smile.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, request an appointment at The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic surgery by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.