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.
"Nothing but positive. I have a great smile!!"- M.W. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"I came in as a very last minute and excruciating painful emergency due to a tooth infection. The doctor took me in immediately same day and did an amazing job at making me feel a million times better. THe entire office staff is amazing, this is a wonderful office for all your dentist needs."- J.G. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"Is it an exaggeration to say a visit to the dentist was a pleasure? Not with this dentist! The staff's disposition is matched only by their competence. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Fredericks and company! Truly!"- B.D. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I had a couple chips in my front teeth, called the office and they were able to get me in the same day. Dr. Fredericks fixed my teeth and they look better than ever."- S.S. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I saw Dr. Fredericks for the first time last week as a second opinion. The dentist I previously saw told me that I absolutely needed to have implants put in and quoted my dental work to cost about $12,000. Dr. Fredericks did her own assessment and concluded that I did not need to have implants; that implants in my case would be elective. I appreciated her honesty as she could have also tried to overdiagnose me and she did not. I have found a new dentist and I feel so confident in her work and diagnoses due to education and honesty."- J.M. / Healthgrades / Sep 29, 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.