The Process of Getting Dental Implants

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Our patients frequently ask about dental implants and what is necessary to get implants. The process behind this very popular dental procedure is not complicated. However, it does require healing time between the steps of the treatment.

The first step in getting dental implants is to consult with our Huntington Beach dentist. After examining your teeth and gums, our dentist will decide if you are healthy enough for implants.

On the day of your procedure, phase one of your implants begins. Our dental implants dentist and other staff members will be on hand to help you through the process.

• We will start with a local anesthetic to numb the agrea, and then our dentist cleans and prepares the area. If you are unusually nervous or upset about this procedure, please tell our dentist. There are types of dental sedation to help you relax during the surgery. These are safe, easy to control and will not leave you impaired.

• Next, our dentist places a small screw, typically titanium, into your tooth’s empty socket. If necessary, our dentist will also anchor the implanted screw into place with several dissolvable stitches. Our dentist repeats the process until all empty sockets hold a titanium screw.

• It is important that you observe careful dental hygiene. It is necessary to keep the implant area clean as you wait for the screw to fuse with your jaw bone. This process, known as osseointegration, is the body accepting the implanted screw. All patients heal at different rates, so our dentist cannot predict precisely how long this process will take.

• Once your incision heals, the next step is for our dentist to attach a small abutment on the screw. Our dentist places a porcelain crown on top of the abutment, and the implant process is complete. Your new tooth blends well with the other teeth and feels natural.

If you think you might benefit from dental implants, contact our office to make an appointment for a consultation.

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What Do Endodontists Do?

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In our practice, we find that many patients are unsure about the field of endodontics. It seems to be one of those terms many people have heard, but do not understand. Unlike the discipline of orthodontics, which most people instantly recognize, endodontics is not well understood.

Endodontics is the dental specialty focusing on the inside of the teeth. One of the most common procedures endodontists perform on a regular basis is root canal. As far as dental treatments are concerned, the root canal is the most disliked. The dislike is often from reputation and not experience or facts. Years ago, root canals were painful, sometimes exceptionally so. The pain came from the problematic nature of trying to numb the area full of dead and decaying nerves and blood vessels. Without a good technique, endodontists at that time did the best job they could do at numbing the tooth and surrounding area. Fortunately, dental technologies are much more advanced now, and the majority of patients are pleasantly surprised at how simple, and pain-free the root canal is these days.

Endodontists do more than root canal procedures. Because they care for the area inside of your teeth, endodontists frequently care for teeth that have sustained a traumatic injury. Also, an endodontist would be the most likely choice for caring for a cracked tooth, surgically removing cysts or growths, and performing surgery to transplant a tooth.

To become an endodontist, a student must first earn a dental degree and go on to attend an accredited endodontics program. The postgraduate endodontic education usually will take between two and three years to complete.

The vast majority of dental problems fall under the expertise of our dentist in Tarzana. However, in the event that you should have a complicated dental problem, our highly skilled endodontist is here to help.