About Dental Implants
Whether a single tooth or multiples have been lost due to decay or accidents, it is essential to take immediate action to prevent the gradual misalignment that makes it easier for food to get stuck between crooked teeth and a sticky film of bacteria developing. This causes the gums to pull away from teeth and full-blown “periodontal disease” begins to eat away at the underlying jawbone, usually painlessly.
Bleeding gums are a sign of infection and if efforts to treat them with deep cleaning and better homecare are not sufficient, a diagnosis of how serious the underlying problem is will be needed. Gum infection has also been shown to significantly raise the risks of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Fortunately, Wilshire Smile Studio in Los Angeles is a highly-regarded specialist in dental implants. A revolution in material and techniques has enabled the team to perfectly match neighboring teeth. First, x-rays and 3-D CT scans help the creation of a model of the area that will receive the implant.
Then (after extracting any remaining part of the defective tooth), a rod of bio-friendly titanium that resembles a screw is surgically and painlessly inserted and a temporary crown is placed to enable the patient to continue to chew normally.
As bone forms around the rod over the next few months, a permanent crown will be crafted in collaboration with a top dental lab, then tested for a comfortable bite (there are a variety of options for the appearance and affordability, but unlike many other dental practices, Wilshire Smile Studio never uses overseas labs that would compromise the result).
All-On-Four is a revolutionary new type of implant for those who have lost many of their teeth and are not satisfied with dentures. Instead of the conventional approach of individual implants, our oral surgeon will prepare your upper and lower teeth for just four implants with groups of natural-looking replacement teeth.
With proper brushing and flossing, dental implants can last 10-20 years, compared with 5-10 years for bridges or partial dentures. Implants can also replace dentures for a permanent and more comfortable bite or be used to anchor dentures, resulting in better ability to eat and speak.