Dental Implants in Arcadia, CA
At Maria Kim, DMD, our top Arcadia, CA dentist does everything she can to create a preventive treatment plan that helps you stay healthy, avoid tooth loss, and maintain a beautiful smile.
Unfortunately, tooth loss is occasionally unavoidable. Deep decay, trauma, infection, fractures, and misalignment to your tooth or teeth could require extractions to protect your healthy teeth. Maria Kim, DMD, understands that facing tooth loss can affect how you feel about your appearance and create challenges when it comes to eating and speaking properly. She also knows that tooth loss without replacement harms the integrity of your remaining teeth and can lead to further tooth loss in the future.
We will help you make the best decision for your health and appearance. And we offer dental implants in Arcadia, CA as one of many tooth-replacement choices. Most dentists agree that this is the solution that most closely mimics your natural teeth.
If you’d like to schedule an exam to discuss your tooth replacement options, or if you have a question about dental implants in Arcadia, CA, contact one of our friendly team members at (626) 447-8676.
Below, we have collected the questions we frequently hear from patients who are looking at tooth-replacement options in Arcadia.
- How do dental implants in Arcadia, CA work?
- Are dental implants the right choice for me?
- What are the oral health benefits of dental implants?
- Does dental implant placement hurt?
- What if I have complete tooth loss?
- How do I care for my new dental implants?
- How long will my dental implant last, and can it fall out?
How do dental implants in Arcadia, CA work?
Dental implants in Arcadia consist of a custom dental crown supported by a titanium screw. Titanium works with your body and naturally integrates with your bone to supply a stable foundation for your crown.
We create each tooth crown individually to match your natural teeth and smile.
After dental implant surgery, we will allow time for your body to heal, often several months. Once healing is complete, we will place your dental crown and make any final adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite.
Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, and unlike dentures, dental implants do not require adhesives or realigns.
Are dental implants the right choice for me?
Our cosmetic dentist in Arcadia will assess your oral health to make sure dental implants are the right option for you. During this initial exam, your dentist may take x-rays if no recent films are available.
If you have significant bone loss in the jaw, you may require bone grafting to create a stable foundation for your dental implant post. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that uses cadaver bone to promote bone growth in the area of implant placement.
Sinus lifts are also a possibility. In this situation, there is not enough space between your upper jaw and sinus to support a dental implant. A sinus lift takes care of this problem.
During this exam, you and your dentist will discuss your smile goals and decide together whether dental implants are the ideal choice for your smile. This is also a great time to ask any questions or share any concerns that you may have about the dental implant process.
What are the oral health benefits of dental implants?
In addition to their convenience, dental implants offer several health benefits:
Tooth preservation: bridge vs. implant - Dental implants eliminate the need to alter healthy teeth to create a dental bridge. By opting for a dental implant, you replace teeth without altering the function and integrity of your remaining teeth.
Bone preservation – Your teeth and bone have a dependent relationship. Roots stimulate bone regeneration, and your jawbone supports the roots of your teeth. When you lose teeth, it jeopardizes this relationship. Bone loss, also called resorption, can cause additional tooth loss and changes to your facial structure, often giving you an aged or sunken appearance.
Bite preservation – Your bite, also known as occlusion, changes as the geography of your mouth changes. When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth may shift toward the gap and create occlusal problems. Your dental implant will act as a space holder, keeping your bite stable.
Oral hygiene – Because we surgically place your dental implant, it will stand alone, making it easier to keep clean with regular brushing and flossing than it would be to keep a fixed bridge clean.
Does dental implant placement hurt?
Many patients express concerns about pain during implant placement. Dr. Kim will ensure your comfort and proceed only when the area is properly anesthetized. If you feel anxiety during your treatment, our compassionate team will put you at ease.
For those patients with a significant fear of dentistry, sedation dentistry can help you have a positive, relaxing experience for your dental procedures.
Most patients report little or no pain and appreciate our dentist’s gentle touch, attention to detail, and kind nature.
Following implant placement, you may notice minor swelling and discomfort for a few days, but this generally clears up quickly. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen are usually enough to keep you relaxed.
Dr. Kim will also prescribe any medications needed and give you aftercare instructions to promote healing and keep you comfortable.
What if I have complete tooth loss?
Patients who suffer complete tooth loss may opt for implant-supported dentures.
The process for implant-supported dentures in Arcadia is similar to single implant placement. However, it generally takes four to six implant posts to support a full denture.
Our dentist will speak to you about implant-supported dentures and evaluate you to make sure this is a good tooth replacement option.
How do I care for my new dental implants?
Taking care of your implants will increase the number of years they provide you with service. This is also true for your natural teeth. When implants fail, it is usually because of a couple of things:
- Bruxism - The number one cause of dental implant failure is an untreated clenching and grinding habit. We may recommend a nightguard to protect your dental implant if you clench and grind your teeth while sleeping.
- Gum disease - periodontal (gum) disease can cause your dental implant to become mobile. Impeccable home care habits combined with regular dental cleanings and exams will help us keep your implant site healthy and strong.
As a rule, you care for your dental implants the same way you care for natural teeth. This is another reason dental implants are the best tooth-replacement option. They do not require special care outside of dental visits and good oral hygiene.
How long will my dental implant last, and can it fall out?
When properly taken care of, implants can last for many decades if not a lifetime!
Many of our patients ask us if their dental implant can fall out. No—implants consist of a crown attached to a permanent titanium post set in the jaw. Your implant will not fall out or move like you may have experienced with dentures. You can treat your implant like a regular tooth.
Dental implants are attached during a surgical procedure, and your dentist will add a full crown to the implant once it has completely healed, and bonded to your jaw. This makes it impossible for the implant to fall out.
If you have questions about dental implants, our team of dental experts can help! We understand that investing in your oral health can be a difficult decision, and we'll take the time to really evaluate your specific needs to find the best options.
Call Today for a Dental Implant Exam
If you want to learn more about how dental benefits can benefit your health and appearance, contact our Arcadia, CA dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maria Kim. We are eager to help you meet your goals for your health and wellness.