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Implants. Tissues, prosthetics, or other objects surgically implanted, inserted, or fixed into a person’s body. This is the dictionary definition. But you may be familiar with cochlear implants, pacemakers, hip replacements, and artificial joints. In dentistry, we use implants, too.
Our specialists, Drs. Frank Vidjak and Fanny Yacaman define dental implants as “synthetic tooth roots.” Made from a biocompatible metal designed to integrate into natural tissues, implants look like small posts. And, when placed predictably and precisely at the southern California home of Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry, those implants that join to the bone are later restored with dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. These prosthetic teeth are attached to the implant by way of “abutments” or other specialized attachments.
Other forms of tooth replacement do not include synthetic tooth roots. Conventional bridges and dentures only replicate the parts of the teeth that are visible when you smile. They do not account for the other two-thirds of the tooth. Natural teeth depend on other structures and tissues that are not visible. These structures include the root system. The roots stabilize the white part of the tooth, its crown, in the mouth. By replacing both the visible part of the tooth as well as the stabilizing tooth roots, implant-supported teeth provide many benefits, including:
Additionally, implant-retained crowns, bridges, and dentures can last a lifetime with proper care.
Drs. Vidjak and Yacaman have advanced and highly-focused training and experience in their specialty areas beyond dental school. Dr. Vidjak is uniquely qualified to rebuild or rehabilitate damaged dental, periodontal, oral, and maxillofacial tissues as a prosthodontist. As an endodontist, Dr. Yacaman is uniquely qualified to resolve deep inflammation or infection inside a tooth. When a badly damaged or infected tooth cannot be preserved with endodontic treatments, our specialists work together to promptly replace teeth with options such as implant-supported teeth.
Advanced technologies further complement our specialists’ expertise. These technologies aid in planning. We can ensure each implant is precisely positioned in the jawbone. Precise placement increases the odds of the implant predictably and successfully healing the bone.
To find out more about this recommended solution for replacing teeth, contact Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry. Our office may be reached at (310) 861-3955. You may also request an appointment on this website.