Dental Implants in Los Angeles:
A Permanent Solution
Dental implants are strong, durable and can endure for a lifetime.
Eat and Smile With Confidence… For Life
“Remove your dentures, once and for all! Eat whatever you like, whenever you like. Implants feel and function like your natural teeth.”
Q: Why dental implants?
Earlier generations had very limited choices when replacing missing teeth. They could either have dentures or a solution such as a bridge, which did not provide a very reliable or permanent resolution to the problem. Whereas, dental implants are very reliable, permanent, comfortable and natural looking.
Q: What is a dental implant?
The best way to describe a dental implant is to review a real tooth. Your natural teeth have a root and a crown. The crown is the part that you see and eat with. The root anchors your tooth to the bone and gum tissue. The dental implant is an artificial porcelain crown and titanium implant to serve as a tooth root, which replicates your natural tooth and is just as strong and long lasting.
Q: What are the benefits of dental implants?
Without even mentioning how the dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth or what a permanent solution they are, another great benefit is that the implant root is virtually immune to decay, damage and infection, which prevents gum disease and bone loss.
Q: What is the treatment like?
At Kenneth K. Lee Total Sleep Dentistry, you will have a painless dental implant procedure, as IV sedation or general anesthesia will keep you totally calm and relaxed. Initially, the implant is placed in the bone. After a period of healing and allowing the implant to integrate, an abutment and crown are placed on the implant to restore full functionality.
Q: What can I expect after a dental implant procedure?
Your dental implants will need the same treatment your natural teeth do. It will require a conscientious at-home oral care regime with regular brushing and flossing to keep the plaque and tartar at bay.
Q: Do dental implants hurt?
No. Dr. Lee will have a consultation with you to discuss your medical history and your needs and concerns. From that conversation, he will know how to best help you have a pain free experience with sedation dentistry.
Q: How long do dental implants last?
The exciting thing is that with good oral hygiene your dental implants can last a lifetime!
Q: Are dental implants the best method of replacing lost teeth?
There are a variety of choices for the replacement of missing teeth such as: partial dentures, bridges and implants. Dr. Lee will discuss all options with you to help you make the best decision for you.
Alternatives to dental implants…
Fixed bridges are available to replace missing teeth, if there are a sufficient amount of teeth in the area that are strong and healthy enough to support the bridge. The limitation of this type of solution is in the preparation of the adjacent teeth. They will be prepared by reducing their size to remove all enamel, making room for the prosthetic tooth. Dental implants, however, need no preparation of your adjacent teeth, last a long time, can be done in just one day and may prevent shrinkage of the jawbone from tooth loss. Dental implants give you a permanent solution; they are strong, durable and designed to last your lifetime. If you are looking for appearance, functionality and permanency, the dental implant may be the right solution for you.