Dental implants represent one of the most important
advances in periodontics. It offers patients with
missing or extremely damaged teeth the opportunity
to once again enjoy a fully functional bite. The
most difficult aspect of tooth loss or severe oral
damage is that it can significantly change the function
of the mouth and the appearance of facial structures.
Even the loss of a few teeth can cause a sagging
appearance and give the appearance of advanced age.
Significant tooth loss also
affects the ability to eat effectively with
all its attendant problems. Dental implant
replacements are the first step in filling
in the areas of the mouth where facial tissue
has begun to "sink". Recent advances in implant
technology have made them extremely successful
and they are often the ideal solution for
a number of dental conditions. The professional
team at Century City Periodontics in Los Angeles
is very experienced in dental implant surgeries.
The placement of a dental implant involves a series
of visits. It starts with an initial consultation.
At this point x-rays
are taken and often impressions of the teeth and
gums are made. The periodontists at Century City
Periodontics evaluate each case carefully. First
it is necessary to ensure that a patient is a viable
candidate for the procedure. This means examining
the mouth and x-rays to evaluate the condition of
the bone and other teeth. The actual surgical procedure
begins with the preparation of the bone site for
placement of the implant. The implant is a metal
fixture which acts as an anchor placed into the
There it will serve as a substitute root for the
artificial tooth which will later be installed.
Once in place this implant needs two to four months
to fully heal. This gives the surrounding bone enough
time to form a strong bond with the implant material.
The team at Century City Periodontics handles the
surgical aspects of the implant and works well with
a patient's prosthodontist or general dentist who
will create the crown or artificial tooth which
attaches to the implant.
Patients are generally fitted with a temporary crown over the implant during the waiting time. This will facilitate eating and smiling during the healing process. Impressions of the teeth and gums are used to create a permanent crown (artificial tooth) which is fitted to the dental implant once it has healed. The entire procedure takes from six months to one year to complete as each case has individual requirements. It is possible to do a single tooth or many depending on the need. The success rate for implants is now very high and many patients are finding it the best option for tooth replacement.
Our chief periodontist & cosmetic dentist,
Dr. Borna, serves patients throughout the Los Angeles area including:
Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Hollywood,
Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica,
West Hollywood, West L.A. and all surrounding cities. Local &
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