What is involved with dental implant procedures?
Evaluation. The first step for patients is a consultation with their dentist to determine if they are a candidate for dental implants. This usually involves x-rays and may include taking impressions for models of their teeth. If patients have already lost a significant amount of bone, additional x-rays taken at another facility that specializes in this type of x-ray may also be recommended.
After the initial consultation, their dentist will then refer patients to Dr. Anson for an implant consultation and evaluation appointment. At this appointment Dr. Anson will evaluate bone and dental structures to determine the best possible treatment to restore function as well as achieve a beautiful aesthetic result. He will discuss his findings with patients, a treatment plan and the fees will be discussed as well. Before we begin treatment, Dr. Anson will consult with your dentist to provide the best possible team approach in restoring a beautiful smile.
1. Implant Placement Procedure. Using a gentle surgical technique, the dental implants are placed in the bone. Dr. Anson uses a special type of implant, which in most cases, will not need to be placed completely under the gum tissue, eliminating the need for a second procedure.
After the procedure for placing the implant, the implants are left undisturbed for several weeks so the bone can grow and form around the implants to create a strong bond to them. During this phase, Beverly Hills patients may have a type of temporary replacement teeth, so that they won’t be without teeth during the treatment.
2. Abutment Attachment Procedure. When the implant is ready to be restored by a dentist, an abutment (a small connector post) is connected to each implant. The new replacement teeth will eventually be attached to the abutments.
3. Fabrication of Replacement Teeth. A series of appointments with a dentist will be needed to take impressions of patient’s teeth and the implant abutments; place temporary replacement teeth; select the appropriate color shade for replacement teeth and try them to make sure they fit properly. Between these appointments, the laboratory technician will create replacement teeth and the underlying structures that will be attached to the implants.
Surgical Tooth Removal
Losing a tooth can be a very traumatic experience for patients. Fortunately for our Beverly Hills patients, if a tooth is lost, it can be replaced by an implant supported replacement tooth that will feel, look and function as a real tooth.
Facing an impending tooth loss? Dr. Anson can surgically remove the tooth. He uses a special technique that is designed to minimize discomfort and promote much faster healing. This advanced technique also saves and preserves the bone surrounding the tooth, which is very helpful and important for placing an implant.
Missing teeth? If you want to experience the confidence of a beautiful smile, call our office in Beverly Hills at (310) 657-0999 and learn how Dr. Anson can give you a new and beautiful smile.