Dental Implants

Dentistry by Design Palisades

Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Pacific Palisades, CA

Men and women who are missing one or more teeth can turn to Maria Tapia, DDS, and the team at Dentistry by Design Palisades in Pacific Palisades, California, to replace them with same-day dental implants. Implant dentistry is a permanent tooth replacement solution that can restore your smile while preventing jawbone loss. Plus, because the team has a CEREC milling machine on-site, you can receive your restorations on the same day as your implant surgery. Learn more about the many benefits of dental implants by calling the practice, or schedule an appointment online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are custom-made, fabricated teeth inserted into the gums and attached to the jawbone. Unlike dentures that sit on top of the gums, dental implants are shaped like the natural tooth structure to replace a single tooth, so the fabrication runs all the way from the root to the crown. The doctor can replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant, use multiple dental implants to create a bridge, or support a set of dentures with dental implants.

When would I need to get dental implants?

Missing teeth can take away from the quality of your smile and also make it difficult to eat and speak clearly. One of the risks associated with missing teeth is a gradual bone loss, so your doctor might recommend dental implants to not only improve your smile, but also to prevent bone loss in your jawbone.

The jawbone starts to deteriorate when there’s no root to stimulate the bone, and this can cause facial deformities or oral health issues later in life. Since the base of a dental implant is inserted right into the jawbone, implants can help prevent bone deterioration over time and also preserve the facial structure.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer several benefits to the patient because the fabricated tooth works just like a real tooth. With proper care, dental implants last a lifetime.

Some of the benefits of dental implants include:

  • Replaces one or several teeth
  • Appears natural-looking
  • Improves speech and ability to eat a variety of foods
  • Improves overall oral health
  • Boosts self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Prevents jawbone loss

How does the dental implant procedure work?

Dental implant surgery involves attaching a titanium screw, the base of the implant, to the bone tissue where the tooth is missing.

Once the bone attaches itself to the implant base through a process known as osseointegration, your doctor can attach an abutment to the top of the titanium screw. This is the part that sits above the gum line and serves as the holder for a crown, bridge, or implant-supported dentures.

At Dentistry by Design Palisades, the team has a CEREC milling machine on-site, allowing you to receive same-day CEREC implants.

Following implant surgery, your Dentistry by Design Palisades provider fabricates your crown, dental bridge, or implant-supported dentures during the same appointment. This eliminates the need for temporary restorations — and another trip to the dentist.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, consider the benefits of dental implants and how they can improve your smile. Call Dentistry by Design Palisades for a consultation or schedule your appointment online.