Dental Implants Redondo Beach
Expertise and Planning for Long-Lasting Dental Implants
Dental implants can permanently restore the function and beauty of your smile, whether you are missing only one or multiple teeth. At Redondo Beach Dental Group, we understand dental implants from the key aspects of surgical and restorative disciplines.
While other dentists are limited to weekend courses for training, our doctors have the expertise and experience necessary through advanced training to be the leaders in this branch of dentistry.
They are passionate about implants and the opportunities that they offer patients to smile with confidence while providing the ability to eat all the different foods they desire. Thanks to their precision and planning, your implants could last the rest of your life.
To learn more about dental implants, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium anchors that replace the root of the tooth. Titanium is the metal of choice used from head to toe for biomedical implants because of this biocompatibility. These anchors are placed inside your jawbone during a carefully planned surgery. As your gums and bone heal, the tissues will fuse around the implants, and they will become permanent fixtures in your mouth.
Once healing is complete, our doctors will connect an abutment to the implant in order to attach a crown, bridge, or denture over top. In essence, dental implants require 3 parts: Implant, Abutment, and Crown/Bridge/or Denture.
Planning Your Implant Placement
Our doctors at Redondo Beach Dental Group will use extremely precise techniques when determining the best positions for your implants. To gather the most accurate data, out team takes digital intraoral CEREC® scans, as well as a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). A CBCT is a 3-D x-ray that gives us the ability to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants depending on how much bone is present in the area being considered. These devices create three-dimensional maps above and below the gumline, which are then merged together in order to know the relationship with the superficial gums and underlying jawbone. These powerful diagnostic tools enable us to provide you all your options while planning your dental implants.
The Surgical Process
To begin treatment, our doctors will painlessly numb your gums and jawbone. When you are comfortable, they will make small incisions in your gums. Through these incisions, they will place the implant anchors into the bone. Typically, they will place them in the center of your bone for maximum strength and stability.
Sometimes there is not enough bone present that is necessary to be able to anchor a dental implant in place. The jaw bone that keep teeth in place usually resorbs once a tooth is lost during the following weeks, months, and years. Our doctors can build up your jaw structure with bone grafting to then be able to place an implant. During these procedures, they will use your own tissues and other sources to increase bone volume.
Our doctors then perform complex implant placement surgery. To ensure that the implant is secured safely in bone and away from any vital structures, they will place implants using a surgical stent made by our dental lab, or a computer-guided jig that will fit over your teeth. We use the latest technology available for 3-D navigation for implant placement in the form of X-Guide from X-Nav Technologies. These devices help to ensure exact angulations and depths for the perfect placement while taking out any guess work.
We ensure that patients have very little discomfort before, during, and especially after these procedures, large and small. Our patients are usually shocked how good they feel afterwards and how quickly they are able to get back to their normal daily routines.
Full Arch Options
Three of the main options presently available to restore a fully edentulous arch are implant supported overdentures, hybrid dentures fully retained by implants, and fixed implant bridges.
Our doctors can also use advanced LOCATOR® attachments that allows you to snap your overdenture into place over your implant anchors. These male and female connecting parts allow for different levels of retention, and they put less pressure on your jawbone. Overdentures are supported by the gums as well as the implants.
Hybrid dentures are dentures that have been adapted to be screwed into place over the implants, while trimming away most of the excess material that covers the palate and opposing vestibular areas.
Finally, the Implant Bridge is the finest prosthetic/restoration available. Implant Bridges are a new set of teeth made out of porcelain/metal/zirconia for esthetics and strength, or any combination of these materials depending on preference and cost. Patients can go immediately to an implant bridge on the big day of the surgery, or most often graduate to this point after having gone through an immediate overdenture or hybrid denture. By taking the process step by step this allows the dentist to fine tune the fit and look of your teeth at every stage.
Experience and Training
At Redondo Beach Dental Group, all our doctors have undergone extensive dental implant training. They have been recognized for their knowledge and experience, and they are proud members of major implant associations, including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Thanks to our doctor’s vast expertise, Redondo Beach Dental Group is proud to be your one-stop shop for all your dental implant needs. Whether you need brand new implants, or you simply need new restorations for the implants you received somewhere else, we are ready to provide personalized, detail-oriented care.
Schedule Your First Appointment
Learn more about implants and find out if they are the right treatment for you. Contact Redondo Beach Dental Group to schedule an appointment.