What are Dental Implants?
For dental problems related to damaged teeth or tooth loss, Dr. Ben Mandel, and the dedicated staff of our La Mesa dental office, offer a permanent solution: dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are placed into the gum line to act as a replacement for the roots of a missing or failing tooth. The implants themselves may be fitted and customized to allow a very lifelike tooth replacement and allow for maximum functionality, just as a healthy, natural tooth would.
The main advantage of a dental implant is the implant’s ability to become a permanent part of your oral anatomy, made possible by the biological process of osseointegration. In this process, the titanium base of the dental implant stimulates the growth of new bone tissue around the implant, providing an unmatched level of strength and stability to the implant and replacement tooth. With this added level of strength, those with dental implants are able to enjoy all of the same functional and cosmetics found in a healthy tooth without the hassle of having to constantly remove dentures or bridges.
Dr. Mandel has proudly served La Mesa, El Cajon, Spring Valley and neighboring communities for many years and has successfully treated hundreds of patients with dental implants.
DENTAL IMPLANT BENEFITS
When it comes to badly damaged teeth and unforeseen tooth loss, our dentist in La Mesa strongly advocates that dental implants be used as treatment. Using dental implants rather than removable dentures and bridges allows the patient’s function, aesthetic and overall health of their smile to increase exponentially.
Removable dentures and bridges do help to aesthetically replace missing teeth and give the appearance of a healthy and full smile. However, dentures and bridges act only as impermanent solutions and have been known to lose their efficacy over time, often creating a whole new panel of oral health challenges for a patient to face.
Dental implants, on the other hand, offer a permanent solution. This non-removable teeth replacement option is specifically designed to last with the help of a simple, everyday oral hygiene maintenance routine. Dental implants also allow patients to restore and even enhance their oral aesthetic, as well as their oral functionality. In addition to these listed benefits, dental implants offer the following:
- The promotion of healthier teeth and gums than achieved with dentures or bridges
- A more permanent prevention of shifting teeth than with removable dentures or bridges
- The avoidance of damaging other healthy teeth in order to support the dental appliance
- The deterrence of jawbone loss, disease, and receding gum tissue related to tooth loss
- The preservation of the patients’ comprehensive oral health
PLACEMENT PROCESS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dr. Mandel has developed and streamlined a highly effective dental implant treatment process that is not only easy for our patients to understand, but also extremely convenient.
Dr. Mandel understands that depending on the patient, the treatment process can often vary greatly. With inconsistent tooth loss and oral health patterns, treatments for each patient must be personalized. In order to maximize the efficiency of Dr. Mandel’s dental implant process, the typical implant procedure is broken down into four parts. First, the patient consultation, then the surgical implantation, followed by recovery and healing, and finally final restoration(s) placement.
During the patient consultation, Dr. Mandel discusses with the patient the requirements for candidacy, the treatment process, and most importantly the goals that the patient has in mind. At this point, Dr. Mandel will also check to ensure that the patient meets the basic requirements for treatment. In order for a patient to meet these requirements they must be:
- In good physical health
- Have sufficient and healthy gum tissue
- Have a healthy jaw bone in the area of placement
If these three criteria of health are met, then a routine oral surgery with Dr. Mandel will be scheduled.
Once the dental implants are in place, the recovery and healing process is able to begin. In general, patients require several months to heal to ensure that the implant has permanently fused with the jawbone through osseointegration. During this time, patient must exercise caution with their implants as to promote the long-term success of their procedure. At Ben Mandel DDS, we like to make sure our patients have all the tools to ensure a successful recovery. To do this, we send detailed instructions, that will guide the patient through the duration of the dental implant treatment and recovery process, home with each patient.
DENTAL IMPLANT QUESTIONS
Having a missing tooth, or teeth can be very damaging to one’s health, oral functionality, and self-esteem. If you are missing one or more of your teeth and are interested in the dental implant procedure, we encourage you to contact the dental professionals here at Ben Mandel DDS in La Mesa, CA. Our team can help you learn more about the available treatment options and guide you to the best solution for you.
With advanced treatment options like implants, single teeth, multiple teeth, and even full arches of lost teeth, being able to be replaced with permanent, non-removable, and affordable implants, you are much closer to a healthy smile than you even would have imagined.
Simply contact our office in La Mesa, CA, to schedule your no-obligation dental implant consultation, to start your oral transformation today!