Completely Restore Your Smile
Missing one or more teeth can significantly interfere with your daily life, potentially causing difficulty with simple tasks like chewing or speaking. When left untreated, tooth loss can even lead to oral health complications like jawbone deterioration. You deserve a functional smile with durable teeth that won’t shift or slide out of place. For a permanent solution to tooth loss that can help you achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile again, our dental implant dentist Dr. Fredericks can help.
At Southern Cal Smiles, Dr. Fredericks is proud to offer dental implants to patients in Calabasas, West Hills, Woodland Hills, and the surrounding Southern California areas. Read on to learn if you’re an ideal candidate for this innovative treatment.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are known as the gold standard of restorative dentistry for their unique ability to replace lost teeth for full functionality. Implant fixtures are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into your jawbone for a permanent and stable restoration, then topped off with a natural-looking dental crown.
The titanium fixtures mimic tooth roots, so you won’t have to worry about the possibility of jawbone deterioration or shifting teeth. Depending on your personalized treatment plan, you can receive your restorations in as little as two visits at our Woodland Hills office.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
There are several benefits of dental implants that make them such a popular restoration treatment, such as:
- Durability & Longevity: With proper care, your crown can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. The implants themselves can last 20 years to a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams.
- Promotes Healthy Jawbone Growth: Missing teeth can lead to jawbone degradation, as your jaw no longer receives stimulation from the missing tooth’s root. Implants mimic a tooth’s root, sending signals to your body to regenerate jawbone mass, and maintain healthy jawbone density.
- Natural Appearance: Because implants are attached directly to your jawbone, your customized dental crown will fit naturally with your surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance.
- Easy to Care For: Caring for your implant restoration is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss twice each day and rinse between meals to keep them in good condition.
Dental Implant Candidacy
Dr. Fredericks may recommend dental implants to patients with:
- Missing teeth
- Ill-fitting dentures or bridges
- Severely decayed teeth
- Irreparably damaged teeth due to injury or trauma
While dental implants are a widely popular solution for tooth loss, they’re not for everyone. To qualify for dental implants, patients must have good oral health, sufficient jawbone density, and healthy gums to ensure a successful implant procedure. Schedule an appointment at our Woodland Hills dental office by calling 818-346-3337 to learn if you’re an ideal candidate.
The Dental Implant Process
At your initial consultation, our restorative dentist Dr. Fredericks will evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if you qualify for an implant procedure. If she discovers any underlying oral health problems, she’ll diagnose and treat these issues to improve your implant candidacy.
Patients with insufficient jawbone density or poor gum health may need to undergo a supplemental procedure to be deemed eligible for implants. This may consist of a bone or gum graft to create a healthy foundation for the implants to help ensure a successful procedure.
Depending on your personalized treatment plan, you may be able to receive your implant restorations in as few as two visits to our Woodland Hills office. Dr. Fredericks will begin the procedure by administering a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain.
She’ll then make a small incision in your gums to attach the implant fixture directly to your jawbone. This will begin the natural process of osseointegration, in which the implant will fuse to your jawbone for a stable fit.
Finally, Dr. Fredericks will place a temporary crown over the surgical site to protect it from bacteria during the healing process.
Osseointegration can take between three to six months to complete, after which you’ll return to our Woodland Hills office for your permanent crown fitting. Dr. Fredericks will customize your crown to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth so it seamlessly blends with your smile.
After Dr. Fredericks ensures the crown fits comfortably and naturally on top of your implant, you can leave our office with a fully restored smile you’ll be proud to show off!
Dental Implant Aftercare
After a dental implant procedure, it’s crucial to follow all of Dr. Fredericks’s aftercare instructions to avoid complications. For the first 48 hours after placement, it’s recommended that you avoid:
- Using tobacco products
- Drinking alcohol
- Drinking through a straw
- Disturbing the surgical site
- Rinsing your mouth vigorously
- Eating crunchy, tough, or chewy foods
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?
Your dental implant treatment costs will depend on several factors, such as how many implants you received. Dr. Fredericks will provide you with a cost estimate at your initial consultation.
We recommend contacting your dental insurance provider ahead of time to learn what your plan will cover. You can also visit our financing page to learn more about our affordable payment plans and how to apply for CareCredit. This third-party financing service is designed to help patients cover the cost of treatment. Applying online is quick and easy, and you may be eligible for financial assistance regardless of your insurance status.
Frequently Asked Questions
Receiving dental implants is a virtually painless process. Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Fredericks will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain while she works. You may experience mild discomfort after the numbness subsides, but any pain will wear off after a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
However, if the pain persists for more than a few days or becomes unbearable, call our Southern California office immediately at 818-346-3337 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Fredericks will assess your situation and work to relieve you of any painful symptoms.
Implants can last a lifetime, but your dental crowns may only last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. It’s crucial to practice proper oral hygiene to ensure your restoration remains in good condition for years to come. This includes brushing and flossing twice per day along with rinsing with mouthwash between meals.
We also encourage you to schedule biannual appointments at our Woodland Hills office for routine dental cleanings and exams. This will help keep both your crowns and oral health in great shape.
Patients will typically need to wait three to six months following a tooth extraction to receive dental implants. It’s crucial to allow the mouth proper time to heal, as attempting to place implants beforehand could lead to oral health complications. It may also result in a failed implant placement.