Thousand Oaks Dental Implants
Advanced Dental implants in Thousand Oaks has renewed the smiles and lives of children and adults throughout the Conejo Valley and Los Angeles area for over 25 years. Patients no longer have to choose between wearing a removable appliance and cutting down other teeth to support a bridge. Today’s dental implants have completely changed the way dentists and surgeons work together to fix smiles and replace missing teeth.
We offer the best dental implants in the Thousand Oaks, CA area.
Dental Implants Are the Preferred Method of Tooth Replacement
As one of the leading implant surgeons not only in the Thousand Oaks area but across the country, Dr. Nikchevich recognized in the early 1990’s that dental implants were the preferred method of tooth replacement. Advanced Dental Implants Thousand Oaks was one of the first practices in the Los Angeles area to focus on implant treatment to restore smiles and function for patients.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implant treatment is recommended by our Thousand Oaks surgeons as the standard of care. Dental implants have several unique benefits that are not provided by other treatment options for tooth replacement. The use of dental implants:
- Prevents Bone Loss: Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents the bone resorption/deteriora ion that occurs when a tooth is lost or removed. When a tooth is lost or removed, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root resorbs, or melts away. By replacing the root of your tooth with a dental implant, your jawbone and smile retain their shape. If you are missing all of your teeth, implant supported replacement teeth will preserve the integrity of your facial structures and prevent the shrinkage of your jaws and the appearance of a collapsed face.
- Preserves Teeth: This is also the only treatment option that preserves the adjacent teeth, as opposed to cutting them down to place a bridge or hooking a partial denture to them. Tooth supported bridges and partial dentures compromise the long-term health of your teeth. With dental implants, it is not necessary to cut the adjacent teeth down to place a bridge, or hook a partial denture onto natural teeth, which can cause them to loosen and eventually be removed.
- Restore Natural Appearance: Dental implants were developed to replicate the appearance of your natural teeth – and preserve your bone and gum tissue to maintain the natural appearance of your smile. By placing the dental implants in a precise position, your surgeon will provide the ideal foundation for your dentist to create beautiful replacement teeth that closely match your natural teeth.
- Offers Long Term Success: Dental implants have by far the best long-term success rates of any treatment option as documented in scientific literature for over four decades. Because dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, they have a better long-term success rate than any other tooth replacement option. Documented clinical research demonstrates that dental implants have a success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than tooth-supported bridges and partial or full dentures.
- Is Cost Effective: Since dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, preserve bone and do not compromise the long-term health of adjacent teeth, dental implant treatment is the most cost effective option long term.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Recent advances in technology and dental implant procedures have made it possible for most patients to be considered candidates for dental implant treatment. A surgical evaluation and consultation in our Thousand Oaks office is necessary to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants, and to develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your smile and function. During your consultation at our Thousand Oaks office, your oral surgeon will determine the: The quality and quantity of bone where the implant(s) will be placed. The number of dental implants needed to achieve the optimal result. Other procedures that may be necessary to enhance esthetics or function Our Thousand Oaks dental implant practice utilizes leading edge technology, such as 3D imaging to obtain the most accurate, detailed view of your teeth, bone and facial structures for the most precise diagnosis and treatment planning available. After your evaluation with one of our Thousand Oaks oral surgeons, we will collaborate with your dentist to finalize the ideal treatment plan to meet your individual needs.
What Happens During the Treatment Process?
If the tooth to be replaced has not yet been removed, the first procedure is surgical removal of the tooth. If your Thousand Oaks Advanced Dental Implants surgeon determines that you do not have sufficient bone for a dental implant, you will need a bone graft in the site where the implant will be placed. This is usually completed immediately following tooth removal and bone grafting, however, there are some circumstances when a patient will have to return to our Thousand Oaks office several weeks after the surgical removal of the tooth and placement of a bone graft. We follow a three-part treatment protocol at Advanced Dental Implants Thousand Oaks. This includes:
- Implant Placement: Your Thousand Oaks surgeon will utilize a gentle technique to prepare the surgical site and place the dental implant in the proper position. A small cover screw will then be attached to the implant. A temporary replacement tooth (or set of teeth) will usually be inserted following surgery. The implant will be left undisturbed to allow the bone to remodel around the implant. This will take several weeks to a few months following the oral surgery.
- Abutment Attachment: Once the bone has fused to the implant and formed a strong biological bond, you will return to the Thousand Oaks office to have a small connector post, called an abutment, attached to each implant. The abutments are used to attach replacement teeth to the implants. Your surgeon and dentist will determine the best abutment to use for your case. We create custom abutments at our Thousand Oaks office, which enables us to design the ideal shape of your replacement teeth for the most natural appearance of your smile.
- Replacement Teeth: During the final phase of treatment your dentist will design and fabricate the final replacement crown, bridge, or set of teeth. This is accomplished but taking impressions of your teeth and the abutments and sending them to a dental laboratory or technician, to create the replacement tooth/teeth. Your dentist will also determine the best shade and shape to match your natural teeth. Once the lab technician has fabricated your new teeth, your dentist will attach them to the abutments, which is the final step in the treatment process.
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