Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

are dental implants right for me

Teeth are the measure of a healthy lifestyle, and consistent oral hygiene that most people want to make sure are functional, healthy and beautiful. Many of the patients that meet with Dr. Husam Elias are looking to stop covering their mouths and avoiding smiling in photos, but they don’t know what to do about their missing or damaged teeth. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we recommend that you look into the possibility of dental implants and crowns to modify this look. Dental implants can change your life since they fill in the gaps and reveal a beautiful, structured smile. But the question we often receive is, are dental implants, right for me?

Why Many People Don’t Know if They Need Them

The idea of getting these dental implants can be a little confusing if you’re not familiar with their benefits or what they look like, exactly. Dr. Elias talks to patients every day about dental implants because they’re not just about the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. The health benefits for your jawbone, gums, and function of your teeth are important. When we talk about implants, we share these benefits with patients because most of you don’t know there are mechanical purposes to them. We’ll start with their look and move into their function. These implants are the best restorative option in oral surgery right now.

So, what do dental implants look like?

Made of titanium metal, dental implants are rodlike structures that slightly resemble long screws we put into the gums and anchor into the jawbone. Once these implants are in place, we then cap them off and add the natural looking crowned tooth on top. Implants are made to replace a single missing tooth or as a bridge to replace multiple teeth. No one will ever notice the difference!

If you’re wondering whether or not implants are the right thing for you to consider, here are the base issues we can avoid or things we can improve with the use of dental implants.

Bone health and density are reduced the longer you wait to replace these missing teeth. Exposed jawbone and gums need to be capped off to invigorate bone strength. Replace your missing teeth with these implants to make sure the bone doesn’t deplete and cause pain.
Facial structure is compromised when missing or cracked teeth haven’t been fixed. If teeth are left to change positions to fill in the space left over, we see aesthetic changes in our natural features; this happens when teeth crowd. Implants can restore facial structure or help you avoid the problem in the first place.

Chewing function with shifting teeth is an issue we find in patients considering dental implants. When teeth shift, your natural bite is thrown off balance meaning inconvenient spacing makes maintaining clean and plaque-free teeth nearly impossible. When we cannot find balance in chewing, muscles within the jaw are stressed and strain leads to pain in TMJ muscles.

Your Consultation Will Help You Decide

While dental implants fix most of these potential issues, they are not usually a quick procedure. Dental implants can take months to set, heal and complete. During your initial consultation for dental implants, Dr. Elias will take x-rays and various scans that measure bone density as well as an in-depth medical history before recommending dental implants.

Singular implants take time, but there are other options that Dr. Elias can offer, such as our Teeth-In-An-Hour procedure. This procedure implants a full set of teeth after x-rays and the final mold of the jaw and gums. We add a few implant posts to the gums on top of which we place the fully formed dental prosthetic. This option gives you a full set of lost teeth that acts as a permanent denture.

Call Dr. Husam Elias at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts to schedule your consultation and find out if these dental implants are right for you at 818-616-6685.

The Magic Behind 3-D Imaging Diagnosis

Complications with oral health can be very difficult to diagnose with the typical means of imaging and x-rays. Often these images come out unclear and it can be difficult to accurately diagnose where the real issue is coming from and how to approach a solution.

The Southern California Center for Surgical Arts is a state-of-the-art facility with the technology to give our patients quality care, beginning with diagnosis. If you are dealing with oral and maxillofacial stress and are looking for a solution, you deserve to know exactly what is wrong and to have a procedure catered to your case. That is what we offer, thanks to the Cone Beam CT Scan.

What is Cone Beam CT?

Cone Beam CT is the best technology for oral and maxillofacial diagnosis. It is a 3-D imaging system that allows the user to specify the exact location to be scanned and provides a high-quality, three-dimensional image of the indicated area. This means, your doctor can see exactly which parts of the mouth are affected in only one easy imaging process. Gone are the days of sitting for dozens of uncomfortable x-rays, requiring you to contort your mouth to get the right shot. Cone Beam CT simplifies the process and gives a more accurate view of the situation for a streamlined solution.

How does 3-D imaging benefit me?

Cone Beam CT technology gives doctors and patients the opportunity to see scanned images more clearly and in three dimensions instead of one. Not only does this give you the chance to see exactly where the problem area lies, it gives Dr. Elias the opportunity to create a plan for your specific solution. The entire affected area will be visible in very high quality imaging, and with the ability to change the perspective and ensure no other areas are affected, your surgery or non-surgical solution can be planned precisely according to your case.

Often, diagnosis can take several visits to a doctor’s office, as more questions come up regarding the last x-ray taken, or some images come out unclear. 3-D imaging takes the guess work, the multiple diagnoses and the laborious back and forth out of your process and allows you to come in only one time for an extremely accurate scan.

Also beneficial is the safety that this cone beam brings to the imaging process. Because the technology allows a more targeted and pinpointed scope for imaging, the amount of radiation you are exposed to during the diagnosis process is greatly minimized. This 3-D imaging seems to only have positives associated with its use.

Where can I learn more?

If you are considering oral or maxillofacial surgery, or have been recommended for imaging by your doctor or dentist, you might consider choosing the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts for your diagnosis. Dr. Elias is an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon with the technology to give you the most accurate diagnosis and thorough treatment plan. Our staff is dedicated to helping you have the most comfortable and successful surgical experience and would love to guide you toward the best procedure for your case. Call us today to schedule a diagnostic exam: (818) 696-4425.