A dental implant is a replacement tooth anchored by a titanium post (the root) with a replacement tooth or teeth attached to it. Dental implants can be used to support a single crown, several teeth as in a dental bridge, or a full arch of teeth.
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One of our main specializations as a periodontal practice is treatment with dental implants. Both Dr. Henriod and Dr. Hendry are very experienced in dental implants and have placed, between them, thousands of implants with a 98%+ success rate. They know what to look out for and how to handle anything that might arise during treatment.
Dr. Henriod and Dr. Hendry are highly sought-after teachers of implant dentistry, as well as being highly trained in it themselves. Dr. Henriod & Dr.Hendry have additionally achieved the certification of Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a rigorous training and examination process that only about 10% of periodontists have completed.
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We offer a Dental Implant Consultation to assess what would work best for your situation, review treatment options, and answer any questions. We will present you with treatment plan options that take into account your budget and lifestyle.
Your first step is a consultation with Dr. Hendry or Dr. Henriod. You will be able to review options and get any questions answered. We offer a Dental Implant Consultation to see if implant treatment would be right for you.
To make an appointment, call 626.317.6326 or click here to request an appointment online.
Dental implants use titanium, a non-corrosive, neutral and long-lasting metal. However, Implants can suffer the same periodontal issues as natural teeth. They require good oral care and regular cleanings at the dentist just like natural teeth.
Once their implant is placed, most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implant tooth. They can eat with it completely normally, with full chewing power, and they can brush and floss normally as well. Implants used to support restorations such as dental bridges and dentures are also very lifelike in look and function.
Bone in the jaw atrophies where there is no tooth. This is because the bone requires the pressure of chewing to maintain its density. In the first year of losing a tooth, if no implant is placed, the bone where the tooth was can lose up to 70% of its previous volume.
Dentures can even accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridge, gradually wearing it away.
Implants act as natural teeth and provide the stimulation needed to keep bone healthy. This is also true for implant-supported bridges or fixed implant-supported dentures (non-removable by the patient).
The gap caused by a missing tooth can destabilize adjacent teeth, causing them to shift towards the gap. This pulls your teeth out of position and can affect your bite and your ability to chew. A poor bite can also lead to problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint).
Gaps from missing teeth can act as traps for food and bacteria and can lead to gum disease.
As dental implants can prevent bone loss, they can also prevent facial sagging for people who have all or many of their teeth missing. Due to progressive bone loss caused by the missing teeth, the height between the tip of the nose and chin decreases, causing the lower third of the face to collapse.
Changes include excess wrinkles around the mouth, drooping jowls and sagging skin, thinning lips and a more pointed chin, making the person look a lot older than his or her true age.
Dental implants provide a far superior experience compared to dentures because of dentures’ unstable nature. The most frustrating aspect of dentures, and the most unhealthy, is their poor chewing ability.
Below are some of the other drawbacks of dentures, which are handled by using dental implants:
A Dental Implant is a more affordable and natural replacement than a dental bridge A bridge consists of false teeth supported by adjacent teeth that have been capped. It is used to replace one or two missing teeth.
A bridge requires two usually healthy teeth to be cut down, which is not an ideal way of replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant. Bridges tend to have short lives, five to ten years, compared to a dental implant which can last a lifetime. So while a bridge can sometimes be more economical initially, in the long run a dental implant can cost you less.
This starts with our state-of-the-art cone beam CT scanner which takes 3D 360º images of your teeth, jaw and related structures. The 3D scanner uses X-rays focused into a cone beam onto the precise areas of treatment. It employs only a fraction of the radiation used by medical CT scanners.
Using our 3D scan we create surgical guides to ensure precision implant insertion. The surgical guide is positioned over the gums during surgery to guide the implants into the most ideal position. This makes the surgery quick, safe and predictable and takes away the risk of nerve damage and sinus perforation.
Where extractions are needed, we remove the tooth very carefully, usually in pieces, so as to preserve the shape of the socket and to minimize damage to the surrounding bone and gums.
We can often place the implant immediately after an extraction, which often minimizes healing time
Implant healing (full integration with the bone) takes 2 to 4 months. In some situations a temporary implant tooth can be made immediately after placing an implant. An important factor determining speed of healing is how precisely the dental implant is placed, causing the least amount of impact on the surrounding tissues and bone. Our extensive planning and preparation, use of surgical guides, and controlled drilling ensures a very precise insertion.
Dental implants continue to evolve. One recent advance are dental implants made from Zirconia. Zirconia is a metal-like ceramic that is highly biocompatible. For patients with sensitivity to titanium, or who prefer a metal-less implant, we can place Zirconia implants.
We offer IV sedation for the more nervous or anxious patient to give them a more relaxing and comfortable experience.
In the past, patients with insufficient bone or who had certain health conditions or habits were not considered candidates due to difficulty in implant placement or the potential risk involved.
Developments in bone grafting and bone reconstruction as well as the minimally invasive nature of modern implant placement has made it so that most patients can receive implants. Additionally, there are now implant procedures that can even eliminate the need for bone grafting, making implant treatment faster and more affordable than ever.
People who smoke or who have conditions such as diabetes, can also be treated safely, although more precautions have to be taken.
This option is best for single tooth replacement. A single implant is fused to your jaw bone, and then a tooth-like crown, typically made from porcelain or ceramic, is fastened to the implant. Crowns allow for the proper amount of support needed to bite and chew as you might with your natural teeth.
Dental implants also prevent bone loss in the jaw. Your teeth are actually what stimulate bone growth in your jaw, so when they’re missing, you are at risk of losing bone mass in that area.
This loss of mass can result in unwanted changes in facial structure, facial collapse, and issues with your remaining teeth. With a dental implant fused to your jaw bone, bone growth continues to be stimulated, and these issues can be avoided.
In instances where the damage, decay, or tooth loss is so significant that you’re in need of a full mouth replacement, single tooth crown replacements would be both too extensive and too expensive. Instead of replacing each tooth individually, Drs. Henriod and Hendry can provide you with full mouth implants.Full mouth implants avoid the need for individual implants on every tooth by inserting between 4 and 8 strategically placed implants throughout the mouth that can then support a full arch implant bridge. This procedure goes by "All-on-4" although many times we place more than 4 implants. The approach is transformative for patients with a whole mouthful of teeth that are beyond repair.
When multiple consecutive teeth are in need of replacement, it’s a lot easier to provide you with a dental implant bridge than it would be to replace each tooth individually with a full crown.
Implant-supported bridges can replace an entire arch of teeth without the need for an implant where each tooth was. Instead, you’ll receive a few implants that can provide support to a crown that is not connected to an abutment at all.
The bridge looks totally natural and provides you with 99% of the full chewing power of a natural tooth. The only difference is that you’ll need less surgery than with individual crowns.
Partial dentures can work miracles for those who receive them, but they do have their shortcomings. They rely on healthy teeth to anchor to with wires or metal frames, and can weaken those teeth over time. Full dentures rely on surface area contact to grip and suction the gum tissue and jawbone. Over time, bone atrophies under the pressure from dentures, causing changes in fit and comfort. Dental implants can be used to help anchor both partial dentures or full dentures. Implant assisted dentures and partials fit better, don't have to grip natural teeth as much, and maintain bone volume over time.
When properly prepared, placed and looked after, dental implants can last your lifetime. Key to their endurance is the foundation in which they are placed. We make sure that your implants are embedded in healthy bone and gum tissue.
Using our 3D Cone Beam scanner, we capture 360º views of the jaw, teeth, gums, nerves and adjacent structures. This allows us to see the exact condition of your bone and gums. We precisely plan where to place your implants for best bone volume and density, as well as any other treatment that might need to be done to ensure your implant surgery’s success.
We guarantee our dental implants. We have a very high success rate and feel confident that your implant will last, given proper after care. If something does happen, we will always work to provide the best solution.