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.
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.
Indications for Dental Implants
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-retained 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.
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’re already familiar with.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Implant-retained dentures will carry a very different price than an implant-retained dental crown. The extent of tooth loss, the type of restoration needed, the placement of the implant and other factors all need to be taken into account. Remember that getting dental implants is a long-term investment since they last for decades; this can ultimately make them a more cost-effective alternative to traditional bridges and dentures that need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years.
Dental Implant FAQs
Since every step of dental implant placement can be performed right here at Torrance Dentistry, we’ll be able to answer any questions you have about the overall process. You can rest assured that your smile will always be in the hands of an expert that has your best interests in mind. Here are just a few things that might be on your mind when the time comes to get dental implants.
What’s the Normal Lifespan for Dental Implants?
The longevity of dental implants compared to other restorations is one of their key advantages. While bridges and dentures might last for about 10 to 15 years at a time, implants can last for 20 or 30 years – or even longer. There are even cases where patients have kept the same implant for the rest of their lives without ever needing a replacement. However, if you want to enjoy the extended lifespan of your implants, you’ll need to keep up an excellent oral hygiene routine.
What is Recovery Like After Implant Surgery?
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 a while. 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.
Can a Dental Implant Fail?
Dental implant failure is rare but not impossible. It normally means the titanium post hasn’t integrated with the jawbone properly; this can be the result of an infection, or it could be a consequence of exposing the post to biting forces too soon. Whatever the case, if you notice that your implant is even slightly mobile or that the area around it is in pain long after the initial recovery process, you could be experiencing dental implant failure. Your best option will be to contact us as soon as possible so that we can have a chance to try and save it. In a worst-case scenario, we may need to remove the implant to treat the health issue that caused the failure; after a successful treatment, the implant process can be attempted again.
Do I Need a Bone Graft?
Bone grafting can make dental implants viable for patients with jawbones that have broken down over the years. Not every patient will require this procedure. For example, if you’re having a tooth extracted, the underlying bone might still be healthy enough to receive implants right away. If you’ve left the empty space in your mouth alone for too long, however, odds are high that you’ll need a bone graft.
Will Insurance Pay for Implants?
You’ll need to double-check the details of your insurance policy and the benefits it provides. Some plans will help pay for implants while others won’t pay for the posts themselves but may help cover the cost of restoration or other related procedures.