Need Dental Implants in Burbank?
Those looking for dental implants in Burbank should look no further than Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental. The gold standard for replacing missing or severely damaged teeth, these implants are highly durable and match the natural look and function of your original teeth, creating a bright and lasting smile that will instill confidence and limit the possibility of dangerous oral and systemic health problems later on.
For the highest-quality dental implants, call our office today at (818) 918-5533 to set up an appointment!
Burbank Dental Implants: Operations & Steps
Dental implants are one part of restorative dentistry that provide a permanent solution for missing or damaged teeth. The procedure varies depending on the number of teeth being replaced and other variables, but it generally involves four primary steps.
First, any teeth that have to be extracted must be removed in a separate operation. Alternatively, if the teeth in question have been missing for a long period of time—perhaps more than a year—the area will need to be evaluated to ensure that the jawbone can still support functioning teeth.
Second, a dental implant post, composed of a titanium screw, is surgically installed in the patient’s jawbone which then bonds to the implant. This step ensures that the location is stable and ready to receive the dental implant. After this is completed, a period of rest is almost always necessary, as it:
- Allows the dental implant post to bond to the surrounding tissue and bone
- Allows the local area to heal before further steps in the procedure take place
Once the healing process is finished, one of several dental implants will be installed upon the implant post. The type of implant is entirely dependent on the number of teeth missing and/or the patient’s specific needs.
All common dental implant options are available at Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental, including:
The Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants start with restoring tooth functionality and convenience, but also allow patients to feel confident in a full, gap-less smile. Dental implants can also considerably reduce the risks associated with missing or broken teeth, making these types of prosthetics an all-around outstanding treatment option for patients who may be suffering from either lost confidence, loss of function, and/or severe pain.
Moreover, as mentioned above, dental implants are the only solution that prevents bone loss – a serious issue which, among other problems, can lead to the loss of further teeth.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental implants also offer several advantages over full and partial dentures. First and foremost, dental implants are permanently installed so there is none of the inconvenience associated with older types of oral prosthetics. And because of the permanence of implants, there is no risk of them coming loose that dentures are sometimes known for.
It is also worth noting that, while rare, partial dentures that are not properly fitted in the mouth have also been known to lead to decay and infection in the mouth as small, uncleanable gaps can become breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria.
Indeed, research indicates that, overall, implants produce superior results when compared to dentures.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
Dental implants can also be advantageous when compared with dental bridges. Non-dental implant-based bridges are naturally quicker to install and do not require surgery as well as being more convenient than dentures. However, bridges are less natural in appearance and unlike dental implants, need to be replaced every five to seven years.
Bridges also put a lot of stress on the adjacent real teeth, as it is typically necessary to adjust the structure of these teeth to make room for bridges. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not typically interfere with neighboring organic teeth.
Othe benefits of dental implants include:
- Prevents bone loss and possible further loss of teeth
- Permanent solution
- Natural in appearance
- No need to brush any differently
Why Dental Implants are Necessary
Some individuals may put off replacing missing teeth because the teeth in question are not visible to others or are not causing pain or discomfort. However, damaged or missing teeth that are left alone can lead to several potentially-dangerous complications.
For one thing, any open wounds will be prone to infections. Open wounds in the mouth are especially serious as the location impacts other areas of the individual’s health, such as their cardiovascular system.
Additionally, missing teeth can foment jawbone degradation, which in turn can cause a number of issues, including severe pain, disfigurement, or other ailments.
Dental implants have been proven to stop this type of bone loss and can effectively “plug” open wounds or gaps, negating or at least limiting the need for further treatments.