Dental Implants in Santa Clarita, CA

Many people suffer from the tooth loss caused by teeth decay or injury. For years, the only treatments available were dentures and bridges. Today, we have better solution – dental implants. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a dental prosthesis such as crown, bridge or denture. Tooth implants are necessary for people who have lost their teeth because of injury, periodontal disease or some other reason.

Teeth inserts have revolutionized dentistry. They are the most well researched, advanced technology and the best alternative to your natural dentition. With the implants, we can give you back your own teeth, even if you had them missing for many years. Implants restore your ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence.

Dental implants can bring back the smile to patients who experienced teeth decay, injury, gum disease, etc. They are also a perfect choice in case of ill-fitting dentures. If you want to replace your missing teeth, don’t smoke and have a good health, you are an ideal candidate for implants.

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Types of Tooth Implants

We work with endosteal implants which are placed directly into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. We provide implants for:

Single implant tooth replacement

At the same time when an implant is placed or after a period of healing, an abutment is fused to the implant. Abutment is a device that joins an implant to a custom-made crown. The crown is cemented onto the abutment to keep it in place.

Multi-teeth replacement: 2,3,4... implants and connected like bridge

As with single tooth replacement, abutments can be placed on multiple implants after the healing phase is completed. In this case, the custom bridge is cemented onto the abutments.

Over dentures (Full dentures or partial dentures which are implant supported)

Looking like natural teeth, implant-supported full or partial dentures are designed to be comfortable and long lasting. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures are more stable and secure than conventional dentures, providing you with more natural biting and chewing capabilities.

What Are Dental Implants Used For?

  • Comfort 
    Implants are very comfortable as they become part of you. Dental implants will reduce the risk of dentures moving or in the area of missin teeth to provide grader chewing surface and allow you to speak and eat with confidence and comfort.
  • Confidence 
    Implants allow you to speak and eat freely without worries about unexpected clicks and wobbles of dentures. Moreover, implants eliminate the embarrassment of removing dentures as well as the need of messy glues and pastes needed to keep them in place. Dental implants will give you back your smile and self-esteem.
  • Aesthetics
    Implants look like your natural teeth. They are integrated into your bone and become permanent. With the implants, no one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
  • Durability 
    Implants are very durable and with proper care can last a lifetime.
  • Better Speech 
    With dentures, the teeth can slip and slide within the mouth and cause mumbling or slurring speech. Implants will allow you to speak in a relaxed and natural manner.
  • Improved Eating 
    Having missing teeth or using dentures could make the chewing process more difficult. Dental implants help to function similar like your own teeth and allow you to eat your favorite food with much less inconveniences and pain.
  • Improved Oral Health 
    Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth and, as a consequence, more natural teeth are left intact. Implants also provide easier access between teeth, improving the overall oral hygiene.
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Can I Be a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are available for people of all ages except for growing children. The candidate for a dental implant should have a good general and oral health. An adequate jaw bone is very important as the dental implant is integrated into the jawbone. For those who don’t have a strong jaw, bone grafts or mini implants are also available. Healthy gums are another requirement for successful implant dentistry. People with periodontal disease more often experience complications. Bruxism (teeth clenching) is another contraindication to surgery, it could reduce the overall success of the implant treatment. Patients who smoke, suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease are evaluated individually.

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Patients may experience some pain during the dental implant procedure. Most patients describe the process as being less painful than a tooth extraction and more like discomfort than typical pain. Local anesthesia is often used during the tooth implant. In most cases, patients can go back to their daily routines soon after dental implant surgery.

Are Dental Implants Permanent?

Tooth implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth and have become the standard surgical procedure for replacing teeth. This treatment will help you maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile for years to come. With proper care and maintenance, your tooth implants can last a lifetime

Can Dental Implants be Whitened?

Unfortunately, teeth bleaching techniques can only be used on natural teeth. We highly recommend getting your teeth whitened before scheduling your appointment for tooth implants. Since implants are stain resistant, this will be the best way to make sure you have your best smile in the future.

Dental Implant Procedure

  1. First, an x-ray is done to examine the condition of your gums and teeth. This is done to make sure that you are a good candidate for implants. At this time, we will go over all of the options available with you.
  2. Next, a small channel will be made into the bone. This is where the titanium screw will be placed which will hold the tooth implant. Then a protective cover is placed on top so that the site of the implant can properly heal. Healing can take up to 6 months.
  3. Once the tooth insert site has healed, the dentist will attach an abutment and a temporary crown to the implant. This temporary crown is used while your permanent crown is being created by the lab. Ordering an applying your permanent crown may take a few weeks depending on your individual case.

Post Operative Instructions

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  • The first and most important recommendation is not disturbing the wounds. Avoid rinsing and touching the wound during first days after surgery. Be ready to feel a metal healing abutment stick out the gum.
  • Very important to start your antibiotics and completely finish all antibiotics prescribed to you.
  • Light bleeding is normal during first 24 hours after the procedure. If you have excessive bleeding, use a gauze pad to stop oxygen delivery to the wound. If bleeding persists, call us immediately.
  • It is important to maintain a healthy diet which includes drinking a lot of fluids, avoiding hot food and beverages. Don’t eat crunchy and hard food. During first days after surgery, soft food (such as: yogurt, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, soup, bananas, pudding, etc.) is preferable .Try to chew away from the surgical area.
  • Gums’ swelling is absolutely normal for up to 1-2 weeks, especially on 2-4 days after surgery. To minimize discomfort, apply ice bag on the cheek.
  • Unfortunately, almost all oral surgery is accompanied by some level of pain and discomfort. Once the local anesthetic wears off, take prescribed pain medications. For moderate pain you can use over-the-counter medicines, such as Ibuprofen. Don’t hesitate to take the prescribed antibiotics: they help prevent infections.
  • Keeping proper oral hygiene is crucial. The day after surgery, salt water rinse should be used twice a day. Rinsing with warm salt water after each meal helps prevent infections and eases swelling. Brush your teeth and healing abutments as usual, but be gentle with the surgical areas. If you experience some oozing after brushing, apply a gauze as described above to stop bleeding.

As for your physical activity, it is advisable to have rest for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure. During the healing process, bad breath is a common thing. Usually, implants are ready for restoration 4-8 months depending on the implant site. If you used to wear some prosthetic devices such as partial or full dentures, flippers, don’t wear them at least 7 days after surgery. Discuss this issue with your dentist during the preoperative visit.

Maintenance

Teeth inserts need the same care as the natural teeth. Keep proper daily hygiene, including brushing, flossing and using of small bottle brushes (TePe brushes). Regular visits to your dentist are necessary to make sure that the implants’ integrity is stable and everything is functioning properly.

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