Dental Implants

Dental implants can be an ideal solution to missing teeth. They can restore the functionality of teeth without having to cut down adjacent teeth, as is in a dental bridge. Dental implants are a regularly provided dental option offered by Dr. Susan Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles.

Patients tend to assume that the space left behind after losing a permanent adult tooth makes no difference. But the reality is that teeth function together like spokes on a cog, and a missing tooth can cause teeth to shift out of alignment, leading to bite issues. With a dental implant, our Woodland Hills implant dentist can help patients keep the correct alignment of their teeth. Our dentists in southern California have the many years of experience and skills necessary to provide patients with a personalized implant treatment plan to meet their specific needs.

Dental implants will help prevent facial structure from changing. Often loss of several teeth in the same area causes readily apparent collapse of the cheek area. After the implant, the crowns can also ensure that the dental implant looks perfectly natural along with your other teeth and prevents facial collapse.
If you are looking for a sturdy, lasting, and well done replacement tooth, then call Susan Fredericks DDS in Woodland Hills, CA to learn more.

If one or more of your teeth are missing, you may be a candidate for dental implants as a way to permanently replace them. We will examine your mouth and jawbone to determine if the procedure is right for you. Before we begin this, your gums need to be healthy, and your jawbone needs to be strong. Our dental implants are placed by a highly skilled Board certified oral surgeon, with many years of training.

The implant post is secured to the jawbone in order to create a durable platform, to which we connect to a crown . Over the course of three to five months, the metal post and jawbone will fuse and bone will grow around the implant. This creates a level of durability that cannot be replicated by other types of procedures.
Once you are healed from the procedure, Susan Fredericks DDS will take an impression to create a new very lifelike crown. Each crown will match the size, shape and color of the surrounding teeth. This way your smile will appear completely natural once the procedure is completed. Most patients are satisfied with the results, as no one is able to distinguish the crown from your own tooth.

Afterward, we will secure the new custom lab fabricated crown to the implant at the level of the gums. The new tooth is attached so securely, that patients can eat their favorite foods, maintain an active lifestyle, play sports, without fear of their tooth becoming loose or falling out like a denture. Most patients love this, instead of having a denture!

Once implants have been installed, you care for them as if they were your own teeth. Keeping implants healthy are not as complex as some people might think. The dental implants will need to be professionally cleaned regularly. They can get gum disease around them. This means you will need to see Dr. Fredericks about two to three times a year for a cleaning.

A key feature of having great long term success with an implant is the skill and training of the doctors involved. The success rate of an implant placed by a trained surgeon is much higher than those placed by general dentists. Make sure you check the skill and education of your providers.
At Southern Cal Smiles, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Call our Woodland Hills office at 818 346-3337 with any questions or concerns. Below are commonly used terms when considering an implant.

There are three components: Implant, abutment, and crown

Dental Crown
A crown is an artificial tooth, usually consisting of porcelain, which covers the top of the implant to provide people with a lifelike looking and fully-functional tooth.

Dental Implant
A dental implant is much like a wall anchor that is placed into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or other reasons.

An abutment is a component that attaches to the dental implant to the dental crown to provide patients with an artificial, aesthetically pleasing and fully-functional smile.

Multiple replacement teeth that are fixed in place by attachment to dental implants. You can’t link implants and natural teeth together.