Dental Implants — Torrance, CA
Regain a Strong, Healthy Smile
If you lose any number of teeth, it could negatively impact your oral health, your confidence, and your overall wellbeing. There are a few different options for replacement, but at Torrance Dentistry, we will typically strongly recommend dental implants in Torrance, CA that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth; they’ll also prevent bone loss in your jaw. Contact our dental office today if you have any questions or would like to schedule your first consultation.
Why Choose Torrance Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Performs Dental Implant Placement and Restoration In-House
- Highly Trained Dental Team Dedicated to Your Comfort
- Affordable Financing Options Available
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant differs from any other replacement option because it treats the entire tooth structure. A titanium post is strategically placed into the jawbone to support an all-ceramic restoration, which is attached to the implant using an abutment. Your bone will integrate with the post, allowing it to stay in place for decades with the right aftercare. This allows you to chew your favorite foods without worry of a weak jawbone or a shifting restoration. Thanks to their many oral and overall health benefits, dentists recommend them over virtually all other options to those who are eligible.
The Dental Implant Process
If you have lost a tooth or two over the years, you have more options than ever to rehabilitate your smile; however, only one solution recreates everything from the root up. Don’t know how dental implants work? That’s ok. We’ll explain everything during your initial consultation, including each step in your treatment plan, so you understand exactly what to expect while on your journey to a complete smile.
Most patients who have at least one missing tooth are candidates for dental implants if they have good oral and general health. You’ll still require a thorough consultation to begin the dental implant process. We’ll evaluate your oral health, discuss your medical and lifestyle history, and review a CT scan of your jaw to ensure they are the best solution for you. Depending on the results of your consultation, you might need additional treatments before undergoing your placement surgery, like tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, or bone grafting.
Dental Implant Surgery
After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you will be scheduled for your dental implant surgery to insert a titanium post into your jawbone. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure a comfortable experience as your gum tissue is opened to expose your bone. A small hole is created inside of it using computer-guided technology to pinpoint the precise location. The post is placed in the hole and your gum tissue is sutured closed to allow the healing process to begin.
Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
Thanks to Dr. Steve Yabuno and his in-house periodontists, we can provide the entire dental implant procedure right here in-office. There’s no need to travel to another dental office across town or to put your smile in the hands of a specialist that you’re unfamiliar with. You can enjoy the convenience and comfort of having both dental implant surgery and the restoration handled by a team you already know and trust.
Osseointegration & Abutment Placement
The post serves as a new tooth root, which stimulates bone growth. As a result, your jaw will fuse to the post through a process called osseointegration. It will take several months to heal, but it’s time well-spent to ensure your new smile has the sturdy foundation it needs to thrive.
Once your bone has healed, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach a special fixture to your implant post. An abutment acts as a connector between the post and your restoration. Your gum tissue is opened to access the post to place the abutment. Over the next two weeks, your tissue will seal around the post to produce a natural-looking gum line while also creating a seal to prevent bacteria from reaching the implant.
Delivery of Final Restoration
While you’re healing from your abutment procedure, we’ll be crafting your custom-made restoration. Using the latest technologies, we’ll ensure it meets your exact size, shape, and color needs. It will look and function like a real tooth to blend in with your natural smile. After it has been made to your exact specifications, you’ll return to our office after your gums have healed to have it attached to your abutment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Replacing Tooth Roots: Dental implants are the only kind of restoration that stimulates your jaw to prevent the deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
- Enhanced Diet: You’ll be able to eat and drink anything you want thanks to the strength and stability of your new teeth.
- Durability: With minimal maintenance, you can expect your dental implant to last for decades without needing to be replaced.
- Preserve Natural Teeth: Unlike a traditional dental bridge, there’s no need to make any alterations to your remaining teeth before a dental implant is placed.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you’re missing at least one tooth. We’ll recommend a different number of implant posts and different kinds of restorations depending on the situation.
Missing One Tooth
With a single dental implant, we can replace your missing tooth with an all-ceramic dental crown. The crown will be shaded so that it matches your natural teeth, and the metal implant post will be hidden beneath the gum line; most people won’t even realize that you have a false tooth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Three or more teeth in a row can be replaced by a dental bridge supported by two implants. A bridge consists of two crowns that support one or more prosthetic teeth. This is a cost-effective solution when the gap in your smile is too wide for a single crown to fill.
Missing All Teeth
You can get implant dentures if all the teeth in your upper or lower arch are missing. They’re fixed in place, so you won’t have to worry about them slipping. You can also get removable overdentures that can still be cleaned outside the mouth while still enjoying the benefits of dental implants.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
When getting new teeth that will let you eat and speak freely again, all patients need to take the overall cost of dental implants in Torrance, CA into account. That’s why it’s important to ask, “How much do dental implants cost?” during the initial consultation. Dr. Steve Yabuno can walk you through the process so that you understand the costs incurred at each stage. Your new smile will be well worth it!
Types of Dental Implants
First, we’ll need to figure out how many dental implants you’ll need. While an individual tooth can be replaced with an implant and a dental crown, more extensive forms of tooth loss will require different restorations. A dental bridge supported by two implants can take the place of several teeth in a row, but if an entire arch is gone, you may need dentures retained by four or more implant posts. Once we’ve figured out how many implants are needed and the kind of false teeth you will receive, we can start creating an estimate for the final cost.
What are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
You will need to pay a specific cost during each stage of the dental implant process. First, there’s the surgery to place the actual implant posts in your jaw. After that, you may need to receive an abutment. Once everything is ready, it will finally be time to give you your crown, bridge or denture.
Sometimes additional steps will be needed depending on your oral health. You might, for example, require bone grafting or treatment for gum disease before dental implants can be safely placed. The cost of these treatments will also need to be considered.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
When you get dental implants, you are making a long-term investment in a stronger, healthier smile. Dental implants are the only kind of restoration that prevents bone loss in your jaw, and their chewing power is comparable to your natural teeth. You will be able to eat anything you want, and at no point will you need to worry about your teeth slipping.
If you take care of dental implants, they can last for 30 or 40 years – possibly the rest of your life. Compare that to dentures or bridges that will need to be replaced more than once during the same period; over the long term, dental implants could end up costing less.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Some dental insurance carriers won’t cover dental implants because they’ve classified them as a “cosmetic” treatment. However, they might be willing to pay for the initial consultation as well as for related treatments (such as periodontal therapy or a dental crown). We are in-network with Delta Premier and will file claims for all PPO insurance plans so that you get any benefits you’re entitled to. We also offer CareCredit as a financing option if you don’t have insurance.
Dental Implant Post-Op Instructions
Like with any surgery, you can normally expect some discomfort for a few days; prescription painkillers or over-the-counter medications can be used as directed while you’re recovering. Plan on eating mashed potatoes, applesauce, and other soft foods for at least a few days. Do not use a straw for at least 24 hours; doing so could knock the blood clot loose from the treatment site and delay healing. Call us if your pain is getting worse after 5 to 7 days.