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Why Century City, CA area patients choose dental implants for smile restoration

Patients considering a fixed solution for missing teeth will want to ask Dr. Meredith Levine about the benefits of dental implants. Dental implants are a wonderful way to replace one, several, or all the teeth, depending on how they are used. Implants offer the best in support and stability when compared to other dental appliances, such as dental bridges and dentures.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that act as artificial roots. They are placed during oral surgery into the upper or lower jawbone. The portion of the implant that sits above the gumline is the abutment, which is used to attach a restoration. Implants are not only natural-looking but have the best function better than any other tooth replacement option on the market today.

Are dental implants painful?

While the procedure to place the implants is an oral surgery and expected to be painful, it is performed with proper anesthetics and sedation. Patients may have some discomfort for a few days following their procedure, but this is well-managed for most with over-the-counter pain medications.

How long does a dental implant procedure take?

The time needed for the procedure depends on how many dental implants are placed at the same time. Additionally, there may be more surgeries needed, for example, if patients are undergoing bone grafting to prepare for dental implants. A consultation appointment is the best time to get an idea of how long the procedure for placement will take.

What are mini dental implants?

Patients who do not have sufficient bone for traditional implants may still be candidates for mini dental implants. These are smaller and require less bone for placement. These are often used as full mouth dental implants, when patients are having a full denture made to snap onto the implants along the dental arch. These are sometimes referred to as implant-retained dentures and are an option for patients who are missing all the teeth in the upper and/or lower arch.

Interested in prosthetics such as dental implants?

Dr. Meredith Levine of Century City, CA is a dedicated professional who can place and restore dental implants for new and existing patients. Contact the office today by calling (424) 358-3811 to schedule a consultation visit and find out if you are a good fit for dental implants.

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Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.