Dental Implants in Carson, CA
Have you had a tooth extraction, or lost a tooth due to trauma or infection? The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that over 178 million Americans have lost at least one permanent tooth.
Tooth loss can pose a serious threat to your overall health. Open wounds and empty spaces left behind by missing teeth can pose significant risk of infection and other oral health related issues. Dentures and bridges can offer some relief, but they can’t provide adequate protection against tooth loss related health issues.
For a long term solution to tooth loss that seals the wound and does the most to replace your teeth and fortify your smile, Dr. Aluning recommends dental implants.
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are lifelike restorations that look and function like real teeth! They have a number of advantages over other restoration methods which make them the preferred method for restoring the look and function of your smile. Those advantages include:
- Durability – Dental implants are the longest-lasting method of restoring your smile because they replace your natural tooth root. They can last 20 years to a lifetime with proper care.
- Stability – Your dental implants will be anchored to your jawbone via biocompatible titanium posts. These posts will fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, so no matter what you do, they’ll stay in your mouth where they belong.
- Health Benefits – Dental implants provide added protection against tooth loss related health issues such as loss of jawbone density or resorption, TMJ or temporomandibular disorder, indigestion, poor speech, dental misalignment, and gum disease.
- Natural appearance – Our stunning dental crowns sit atop your titanium implant and are the only part of your restoration visible above the gum line. They’ll look and feel as comfortable as your natural teeth, so you’ll smile with confidence.
- Easy care – Caring for your implants is easy — just brush and floss every day to keep your implants clean. We also recommend visiting our Carson dental office for bi-annual routine professional cleanings and exams.
The Dental Implant Process
While there are multiple steps involved in the dental implant process, you could be enjoying new, custom made restorations within three to six months depending on your case.
Before you receive your custom made dental implants, Dr. Aluning and her team will deep clean your teeth and gums. This will give Dr. Aluning a clearer picture of your mouth, helping her diagnose any underlying oral health issues that need to be treated before implant surgery.
Depending on your level of oral health, Dr. Aluning may recommend supplemental procedures such as bone grafting to give you a better chance at implant success. After all supplemental procedures have been conducted and it’s been decided that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, you’ll be scheduled for surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
To ensure that your implant surgery is painless, we’ll apply a local anesthetic. Then Dr. Aluning will make incisions in your gums where your implants will be placed. After placing your implants, the incisions will be sewn shut and you’ll have temporary crowns installed until you’ve fully healed.
Osseointegration, the process that fuses your jawbone to your implants, usually takes about six months. However, your healing time can vary based on a number of factors including your body’s unique biology. Once your implants have completely healed, we’ll schedule you for your last appointment in the dental implant process.
Your Permanent Dental Implants
Your permanent dental crowns sit on top of the titanium ‘roots’ of the implant, recreating the structure of your natural teeth. These will be your permanent restorations for the foreseeable future.
We’ll also customize your dental crowns to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth or create a brand new smile to brighten your appearance. Either way, you’ll walk out of our office that day with your new permanent smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Aluning and her team will ensure that your anesthetic is working properly before dental implant surgery. Post-op, some mild lingering soreness is normal, easily managed with over the counter pain medication, and should fade after a short time.
If you experience pain or discomfort in your dental implant area lasting more than a week, contact our office by dialing (310) 549-5580 or filling out our contact form.
The costs of dental implants can vary based on factors such as your specific dental needs, how many implants you want and your dental insurance. Please contact your insurance provider and ask them if they will cover some or all of the cost. Financing options are also available to help make your dental implants more affordable.
In order to help your implants succeed, you’ll need to avoid certain foods and drinks for up to two weeks.
Before eating again, allow your anesthetic to wear off. This will prevent you from unknowingly biting down too hard, and damaging your lips, cheek, tongue or your new implants.
When you do start eating again, stick to foods that are soft such as:
- Soft and ripe fruit
- Cooked vegetables
- Cooked pasta
- Mashed potatoes
As for what you should drink, stick to liquids that are:
- Low on sugar
- Room temperature
- Non – alcoholic
Following these rules for at least two weeks post-dental implant surgery will reduce teeth sensitivity, help preserve your dental implants, and keep the healing process on schedule.
Good candidates for dental implants include people who have lost at least one permanent tooth, want a long lasting solution to tooth loss, have healthy jawbone density and gum tissue, or can undergo supplemental procedures to correct these issues.
Carson Dental Care & Dental Implants For A Lasting Smile
If you’ve lost teeth or need to have a tooth extracted, Dr. Aluning recommends dental implants for a lasting, healthy smile. Unlike dentures or bridges, your dental implants can give your smile all the look and function of real teeth, while being indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
To start your journey to a strong, healthy smile, contact our Carson, CA office by dialing (310) 549-5580 or filling out our contact form. Dr. Aluning and her team at Carson Dental Care are excited to design your new permanent smile.
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