What Do They Do?

Dental Implants: What Do They Do?

"There are three dental implant types" said Woodland Hills Dental Implants specialist Dr John Chaves "The choice of implant type depends on your jawbone measurements and the bone density".

· A root form implant – used when the jawbone is wide and high enough to support it. These are small titanium cylinders rather like actual tooth roots. They are made from titanium because over the years it was found that bone will grow readily around it. The jawbone must grow in closely and make the implant part of itself. This creates a strong anchor for the new tooth that will be placed on the implant.

· A plate form implant – used for a jawbone that is high enough, but more narrow than average. These are flat implants that will fit inside a narrow jawbone. In other respects they are similar to root form implants.

· A subperiosteal implant – used when the jawbone is too short and narrow, and the bone is not dense enough to hold the other types. These implants are place on top of the bone, but underneath the gums. Therefore the bone does not have to grow around them and they don’t have to fit inside the jawbone.

The procedure:

There are three dental visits necessary, with intervals in between for healing.

1. Your cosmetic dentist will do the dental surgery to position the implant inside the jawbone. He or she will use a local anesthetic to numb any pain and a sedative to help you relax and be calm. Afterwards, a period of several months, perhaps as many as six months, will be required for the bone to heal fully. It will embrace the implant, growing up against it.

2. When this healing is complete, the implant dentist will do a second surgery, but more minor, where he will attach a piece to the top of the implant. This is known as an abutment and it will protrude through the gums. The new tooth will be attached to it. After this procedure, only a couple of weeks are needed for healing.

3. The porcelain tooth will be attached to the abutment.

With the implant and the porcelain tooth, you have a replacement for both a missing tooth and its missing root.

Why replace the missing tooth root?

Teeth all have a visible part – the crown – and an invisible part – the root. Just as the missing crown leaves a gap, so does the missing root. Both those gaps should be filled. When the crown gap is not filled, the neighboring teeth will eventually move to fill it, putting themselves out of alignment. The gap in the jawbone needs to be filled to prevent the surrounding bone from shrinking in to fill it. If your jawbone shrinks in, your facial shape will shrink too. The jawline and profile will take on an older, more sunken look.

To keep your youthful look it’s a good idea to have a dental implant so that you then have a complete new tooth, not just the visible part of a new tooth. Most modern cosmetic dentists do implant dentistry and offer complimentary consultations.

We have been serving the San Fernando Valley for over 25 years now, so whether your looking for a Tarzana Cosmetic Dentist , Tarzana Dentist, Woodland Hills Dentist, or a Calabasas Dentist we are here to serve you.

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    Dr John Chaves
    5312 Comercio Ln
    Woodland Hills, CA 91364

    P. 818-999-2707
    F. 818-703-1998