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Dental Implants: The Modern Approach to Replacing Teeth

Woman with gorgeous smileDental implants are a popular option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, an injury, or some other reason. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an easy, durable, and often the most economical option for many patients with one or more missing teeth.

Constructed from biocompatible titanium or Zirconia dental implants are small posts that Dr. Valentine will surgically position into your jawbone. Each post anchors one prosthetic crown - a few implants can hold a denture, partial, or bridge in place. Your bone will naturally grow to integrate with each implant post to create an artificial tooth root.

Dental Implants will rejuvenate your smile and oral health! Patients can once again smile with self-assurance and eat the foods they love to enjoy.

Animation of implant supported dental crown

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • No adhesives or clasps required
  • Can last a lifetime
  • Provide a secure prosthetic anchor
  • Require no special care
  • Stimulate and preserve jawbone tissue
  • Look and feel natural

Model of implant retained dental crown

Implant Placement

The surgical placement of your new dental implant(s) is an important process and one that should be handled by a true, experienced professional. While many general dentists should refer their patients to outside specialists, Dr. Valentine is proud to offer this essential service right here in her Beverly Hills office!

After the implants have been successfully inserted into the patient’s jawbone, a vital process known as osseointegration begins. Your natural tissue and bone will gradually grow around the biocompatible implants and form a strong bond with them, setting the stage for custom-made restorations to be situated on top. Several options are available for restoration, including implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dr. Valentine will be happy to help you determine which one is best for your unique needs.

Model of implant denture

Implant Supported Dentures

As a more secure and comfortable alternative for denture stabilization, Dr. Valentine often recommends implant-retained dentures. A few dental implants secured in the jawbone can hold a denture in place, and you won’t have to worry about slippage or looseness. No more denture creams, natural suction, or special care routines. Implant-retained dentures are easy to care for, and you’ll love their natural feel and function. Furthermore, because dental implant posts stimulate jawbone tissue, your jaw is less likely to degenerate.

Young man with whole healthy smile

Mini Dental Implants

While most patients can be good candidates for dental implants, some may not have enough adequate, jawbone structure left to accommodate them. If this case, mini dental implants can be an excellent and reliable alternative. Like the name suggests, mini dental implants are a smaller, more compact version of the traditional version, which allows them to be successfully anchored into much thinner areas of bone. They can support dental prosthetics just like regular implants, and they’re capable of serving your smile well for many years with proper maintenance.

Closeup of flawless healthy smile

Same Day Dental Implants

Traditionally, having dental implants placed and restored is a months-long process – one in which patients had to go about their daily lives without a full set of functional teeth in the interim. Here in Beverly Hills, Dr. Valentine would prefer to be able to rebuild your strong, attractive teeth right away, and that’s why she now offers state-of-the-art options like Ultratooth®. Ultratooth® same day dental implants provide excellent stability and can be fitted for prosthetics right away – no waiting required.