Dental Implants in Woodland Hills & Calabasas
Replacing missing or damaged teeth is important to your general and oral health. If you have missing teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, dental implants may be a wonderful solution. Thanks to the advancements in dentistry techniques and technology, virtually anyone can be a dental implants candidate. An implant is an artificial root that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The implant integrates with your existing bone and acts as an anchor, allowing the restoration to look and function naturally.
Dental implants look natural, produce a beautiful smile, and allow you to function (eat and speak!) as you did when your mouth was healthy. Dental implants are especially practical for patients with poor fitting dentures.
The key to success and longevity in any implant procedure is the dentist’s training and experience. As a leading Woodland Hills cosmetic dentistry specialist, Dr. Fredericks’ 35 years of experience and her advanced training in implant, neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry are important factors in her ability to produce optimal results for her Calabasas and Woodland Hills dental implants patients. Find information about the cost of dental implants at Southern Cal Smiles.
As a highly respected, seasoned dentist with 35 years of experience, Dr. Susan C. Fredericks:
- Was voted “Best Dentist” by KCAL 9
- Serves on the UCLA School of Dentistry Faculty
- Is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Is a member of the American Dental Association
- Is a member of the California Dental Association
- Volunteers her time and dental expertise to the non-profit group MEND (member of the Board of Directors in 2012; named Volunteer of the Year in 2011)
Replacing missing or damaged teeth is vital for your oral health, and your overall general health. If you have missing teeth due to injury, disease or decay, dental implants might be an effective solution.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial root that replaces the root of a missing tooth. Dr. Fredericks places the implant in the jawbone. Over a relatively short period of time, the implant integrates into your existing bone, acting as an anchor for a dental crown, bridge or set of permanent dentures.
Dr. Fredericks will assess your oral health and aesthetic concerns before recommending a customized treatment plan to satisfy your unique needs. This may involve replacing: one tooth with one implant and a porcelain crown; multiple teeth with several implants and one or more dental bridges; or all the teeth with implant-supported dentures.
By replacing missing or damaged teeth with natural-looking dental implants, you can achieve a beautiful smile and restore dental function, so you can eat, speak and laugh with ease.
Dental Implant Candidacy and Applications
Thanks to the advancements in dentistry techniques and technology, virtually anyone is an appropriate candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are often an effective way to:
- Replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth, without impacting the neighboring teeth
- Support a porcelain crown, dental bridge or dentures, further securing these devices
- Stop the remaining teeth from migrating into gaps left by missing teeth
- Restore oral functions, including speaking and chewing
- Help improve or restore the appearance of overlying soft facial tissues
- Restore a healthy, beautiful smile, so patients no longer feel embarrassed about dental flaws
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are typically placed with the use of a local anesthetic and an oral sedative, if necessary.
If you do not have enough bone mass in the upper back region of your mouth to support the implant properly, Dr. Fredericks might first perform sinus augmentation, a technique in which she adds synthetic or grafted bone to the upper jaw to provide the needed support for the implant.
If you have irregularities in your jawbone, Dr. Fredericks might perform ridge augmentation, a technique in which she lifts the gum off the ridge of the jawbone to expose the underlying abnormalities. She then uses synthetic or grafted bone to fill in the irregularities in the jawbone. This serves to rebuild the ridge, so it can securely support the implant.
Dental Implant Care
Once the dental implants have been placed, they look and function like natural teeth. Similarly to natural teeth, dental implants can last a lifetime, with proper care. You can care for your implants as you would your natural teeth: Adhere to good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting Southern Cal Smiles for your regular dental exams and cleanings. In addition, it is important to distribute the force of your bite evenly while chewing to avoid putting added stress on the implants.
The key to success and longevity in any implant procedure is the dentist’s training and experience. As a leading Woodland Hills cosmetic dentistry specialist, Dr. Fredericks’ 35 years of experience and her advanced training in implant, neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry are important factors in her ability to produce optimal results for her Calabasas and Woodland Hills dental implants patients.
For More Information
Find information about the cost of dental implants at Southern Cal Smiles. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredericks to establish your dental implant candidacy, please contact Southern Cal Smiles by calling (818) 346-3337 today.