Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Culver City and Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

Dental implants are artificial structures that replace the roots of the missing teeth, and over which a dental crown, a bridge or a Denture is attached.

Dental Implants have a long history when men tried different methods to replace the lost teeth. In its earlier stages, bars, meshes, staples, and pins were embedded within bone to anchor the replacement crowns or dentures. These earlier precursors of the contemporary implants, had a high rate of failure causing infections and sometimes extensive bone destruction in the area it was placed, which still today give dental implants a cloud of bad reputation.

The “Father” of the Contemporary Dental Implant is Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, who was studying the bone healing process in Rabbits. He fixated tiny chambers to the animals' legs using Titanium screws. After the experiment he noticed the screws could not be removed. He later found that the bone had high affinity to this metal, and that it would virtually be adhered to it.

In 1965 Dr. Branemark successfully placed a dental implant in a human.The rest is history.

The modern Dental Implants are made of Titanium, which has roughly the shape of the Root of a tooth.

It is surgically place into the bone and is left to heal for approximately 4 Months, when it is ready to receive a Crown, be part of a Bridge or help anchor a full arch denture.

The main requirements are that the patient has good bone volume and density in the area the Implant will be placed and be in good health. In some cases additional bone may have to be added, the bone graft.

Some patients are concerned about the word “surgery”, but actually is a very gentle procedure because the bone to be prepared to receive the Implant has to be gently manipulated otherwise the Implant won’t take. I believe that a tooth extraction is a lot more traumatic to the area than an Implant placement.

Dental Implants are considered the standard of care to replace a missing tooth today. In some cases the alternative would be a Dental Bridge. Crowns and Bridges

The advantages of Dental Implants are:

  • We don’t have to grind down the adjacent teeth to the space of the missing tooth to make the Bridge;
  • It is single standing, like adding only that missing tooth, so it is a lot easier to keep proper oral hygiene than a Bridge;
  • It can be used in areas where there are not adjacent teeth;
  • Since it is all artificial, it does not develop dental caries or Gum disease.

But it is not risk free!  It can be rejected from the body, get infected and possibly have a later stage failure. Dental Implants when properly planned and placed have a high success rate (95%), higher than a Root Canal Treatment, for example. In most cases it has a lot better prognosis than a debilitated tooth that needs work.

 

 

 

For more information on Dental Implants, call Corporate Pointe Dental in Culver City, CA at (310) 417-8177!