About Dental Implants
Replacing missing or damaged teeth is important to your general and oral health. If you have missing teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, dental implants may be a wonderful solution. Dental implants are especially practical for patients in Woodland Hills, Calabasas, and the surrounding areas of Southern California with poor-fitting dentures. Thanks to the advancements in dentistry techniques and technology, virtually anyone can be a dental implant candidate at Southern Cal Smiles. An implant is an artificial root that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The implant integrates with your existing bone and acts as an anchor, allowing the restoration to look and function naturally. The key to success and longevity in any implant procedure is the dentist’s training and experience. Dr. Susan Fredericks’ 35 years of experience and advanced training in implant, neuromuscular, and cosmetic dentistry allow her to produce optimal results for her Calabasas and Woodland Hills patients. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how dental implants can help you look natural, produce a beautiful smile, and allow you to function (eat and speak) normally.
"If you want a personal dentist with a professional office personnel and the highest quality of care this is the place!! I have had dental nightmares in the past and it took me a while (even with insurance) to walk in an office. Dr. Susan STANDS BEHIND HER WORK, and the receptionist ALWAYS sends reminders including an email with a calendar interface for my Samsung phone. Accommodating schedules too!!! Open some Saturdays and late Wednesday night. As a person who travels for business...this is a HUGE plus! Higeinists are all caring (yes...learned the proper way to floss-yes THAT is a thing)...As long as I am in this area I will stick with this office of great people! Don't hesitate, just make an appointment!"- J.M. / Yelp / Jan 16, 2019
"she was fantastic, made the process really easy. The whole staff was very professional, and organized. They made me feel safe, and warm."- A.A. / Healthgrades / Dec 31, 2019
"My life has changed so much since I came to see Dr. Fredericks I smile so much. I never felt beautiful because my teeth were so distracting. My personality has also changed because now that I smile more, people smile back at me; it has been contagious. I laugh and enjoy living. I have changed my name to Sandy Beach and I will use that as my pen name as I am writing a book. When people meet me they laugh and smile when I tell them the name. Thank you Susan for giving me my confidence back."- S.B. / Healthgrades / Dec 15, 2019
"100% attention to you as a patient accurate decision making - clear communication - and answer to every question.Love to visit my Dentist Office, great energy and easy welcoming into the space of maybe not the most comfortable moments :)but you won't feel any pain - in any action they may have to take.Thank you to all, and see you soon."- R.F. / Healthgrades / Dec 11, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr. Susan's for many many years and she has always taken great care of me. However, today she really impressed me when I came in for a tooth that I broke she examined the tooth, gums, and xray. She realized that I what I needed was a better Xray so she referred me to a root canal specialist in the building. He took the Xray and concluded that Susan was right and that I did indeed need a root canal. Susan Fredericks made sure I was seen the same day and that I got the necessary work done. She knows when she can do something and she also knows and is not afraid to admit when a certain procedure is best done by another dentist (specialist); and for that I have great respect and trust for her. Thank You Dr.Fredericks"- C.L. / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 2019
What to Expect
Before a dental implant is placed, a thorough examination will be conducted to assess the health and strength of the gums and jawbone. If you are a good candidate, digital x-rays and physical impressions will help Dr. Fredericks determine the best placement for implants during the procedure. You will be given local anesthesia and sedation if needed when Dr. Fredericks places the titanium post into the jawbone. Over the course of 3 – 6 months, the bone and implant will fuse while healing. Once the implant is secure, the false tooth/teeth will be attached to the implant using a connector. Dr. Fredericks will adjust your implant and replacement teeth for a comfortable and accurate fit.
Most patients have little to no pain after their dental implants are placed, but you may have temporary soreness and discomfort that can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain medication. To prolong the life of dental implants, you should have a good home oral care routine including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. Regular dental appointments at Southern Cal Smiles for professional cleanings and dental exams are also important. Dental implants can last a long time with proper care, but may eventually need to be repaired or replaced.
Dental implants range in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The cost of your dental implants will depend on several variables, including the following:
- The number of implants you will need (multiple dental implants will be more expensive than a single implant)
- The type of implants Dr. Fredericks places (type of materials, mini vs. traditional implants)
- If you need any supplemental procedures such as gum or bone grafting
- Any insurance coverage you have
It’s impossible to predict the exact cost of dental implant treatment without determining your specific needs. When you meet with Dr. Fredericks for your initial implants consultation, she will examine your teeth and gums and ask you about your treatment goals. With this information, she can give you a more accurate estimation of your treatment costs.
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Whether you're missing one tooth or many, dental implants at Southern Cal Smiles are a long-lasting solution that look and feel natural. With dental implants, you don't have to worry about false teeth shifting, what you eat, or messy adhesives — you can simply smile and enjoy your beautiful new teeth. If you are missing teeth or you have a crown, bridge, or removable dentures, talk to Dr. Susan Fredericks about the benefits of dental implants.