Our Simi Valley Location
Dental implants have restored the smiles of millions of patients throughout the world, giving them replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Over the past three decades, dental implants have completely changed the way dentists and surgeons collaborate to replace missing teeth. Patients visiting our Simi Valley no longer have to choose between wearing a removable appliance and cutting down other teeth to support a bridge.
Since dental implants are substitute tooth roots, teeth can be replaced without involving the surrounding teeth – and they preserve the bone that normally melts away when a tooth is lost or removed.
Dental Implants Are the Preferred Method of Tooth Replacement
As one of the leading implant surgeons in the country, Dr. Nikchevich recognized in the early 1990’s that dental implants were the preferred method of tooth replacement. The Simi Valley practice was one of the first in the area to focus on implant treatment to restore smiles and function for patients.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The surgeons in our practice recommend dental implant treatment because it is the standard of care and the preferred method of tooth replacement. Our Simi Valley oral surgeons recommend it for the following reasons:
- Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents the bone resorption/deterioration that occurs when a tooth is lost or removed.
- 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.
- Dental implants have by far the best long-term success rates of any treatment option – and this has been documented in the scientific literature for over four decades.
- 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.
Dental implants have several unique benefits that are not provided by other treatment options for tooth replacement.
Maintain Facial Structures.
When a tooth is lost or removed, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root resorbs into the jaw. This can result in a collapsed smile. Our Simi Valley surgeons are able to maintain an aesthetically pleasing facial structure by replacing the root of your tooth with a dental implant. If you are missing all of your teeth, implant-supported replacement teeth will preserve the integrity of your facial features.
Preserve Surrounding Teeth. 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, preserve your bone and gum tissue, and to maintain the natural appearance of your smile. By placing the dental implants in the precise position, your Simi Valley surgeon will provide the ideal foundation for your dentist to create beautiful replacement teeth that closely match your natural teeth.
Designed to Last a Lifetime. dental implants have a better success rate than any other tooth replacement option. Clinical research demonstrates that dental implants have a success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than tooth-supported bridges, partial dentures or full dentures. If you live in the Simi Valley area and want more information about the benefits of dental implants, please visit The Dental Implant Guide.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
As a result of major advances in dental implant procedures and technology, most patients are considered good candidates for dental implant treatment at our Simi Valley office. However, a consultation and surgical evaluation are necessary to develop a personalized treatment plan. Please call our Simi Valley Dental Implant office to schedule a consultation with one of our dental surgeons.
During your consultation, your Simi Valley surgeon will determine:
- 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
Advanced Dental Implants’ Simi Valley location, is equipped with the cutting edge technology, such as 3D imaging, to obtain the most accurate, detailed view of your teeth, bone and facial structures. We utilize this information to make the most precise diagnosis and treatment plan for our patients.
Once the surgical evaluation has been completed, your surgeon will collaborate with your local 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 surgeon determined 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. In some cases, implant placement can be completed immediately following tooth removal and bone grafting. In other cases, the implant will be placed several weeks after the surgical removal of the tooth and placement of a bone graft.
Your 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. We will insert a temporary replacement tooth or teeth. Before returning to our Simi Valley office several weeks to a few months later, we will leave the implant undisturbed to allow the bone to remodel around the implant.
Once the bone has fused to the implant and formed a strong biological bond, you will return to our Simi Valley 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. This is often a custom abutment, which enables your dentist to design the ideal shape of your replacement teeth for the most natural appearance of your smile.
The final phase of treatment is designing and fabricating the final replacement crown, bridge, or set of teeth. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and the abutments and send them to a local Simi Valley dental laboratory or technician, to fabricate the replacement 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 usually the final step in the treatment process.