dentalimplants

Dental implants are the modern alternative for permanent tooth replacement.  Using implants, Dr. Solow and Dr. Klauser can actually create replacement teeth which look and function just like your natural teeth.  They are an incredible solution for Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients who need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or even all their teeth!

Missing teeth or a poorly fitting and uncomfortable denture can hurt your confidence and make life difficult in a number of ways.  If you suffer from tooth loss or denture problems, it’s hard to enjoy some of the little things in life, and some of the big things too.  Does any of this sound familiar?

  • You have trouble eating some foods – good foods that you really enjoy, like salad and steak.
  • You worry about the way your teeth look, so you don’t laugh and smile as much, even at important events, like parties and weddings.
  • Your poorly fitting denture makes you second guess everything you do with your mouth, from eating, to laughing, smiling, or even talking.  You always worry that the denture will slip or come loose.
  • Your denture is so uncomfortable, and even painful, that you only wear it when you absolutely have to.

In the past, there were limited options for Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients when they lost a tooth, and these options each have drawbacks (see:  Why choose implants to replace teeth?)  Now, dental implants can help these patients solve all these problems, permanently, and without the drawbacks.  Ask  Dr. Solow and Dr. Klauser about all the options available with dental implants, and start enjoying life again!

nobelfaqsWhat is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.

Why dental implants?

There are a number of reasons why Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients should consider a dental implant:

Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.

There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

How much do dental implants cost?

The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination,Dr. Solow and Dr. Klauser will recommend the treatment that is best for you.

Who is a Candidate?

Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients who are missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be candidates for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.

Is old age a problem?

Occasionally, older Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.

What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?

Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.

Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.

Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

Expected Results: How will dental implants affect my life?

Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

Will my new teeth look natural?

When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.

Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?

Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.

How much time is required for a dental implant placement?

Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.

The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, Dr. Solow and Dr. Klauser place the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, your are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.

The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.

Is the treatment painful?

With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask your dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.

How will I feel after the treatment?

It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.

How will I care for my dental implants?

Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist in six months, or more frequently if so advised.

Contact Dr. Solow and Dr. Klauser at his office in the Woodland Hills and Calabasas are for more information on dental implants! Call (818) 999-0104.