Westlake Village Dentist
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960 S. Westlake Blvd., Suite 204
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Dr. Mimi Theerathada
Dental implants are surgical-grade root devices that support permanent tooth prosthetics that are manufactured to last a lifetime. These artificial roots are anchored in the bone beneath the gums where they become fused into the jaw. A crown is mounted atop the implant for a long-lasting and natural looking smile. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the same function as natural teeth and also help prevent bone atrophy in the jaw. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or to restore an entire smile.
Did you know…
that approximately 30 million people live with no natural teeth in one or both jaws? But more and more dental patients are opting for dental implants as a means of tooth replacement. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that 3 million people currently have dental implants – a number that is rapidly growing by about 500,000 per year. Modern titanium implants were first developed in the 1950’s, but archeologists have determined that ancient Egyptians and Mayans were the first cultures to implant artificial teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental implants right for me?
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you have missing, broken or severely decayed teeth. The best way of determining your eligibility for dental implants is to consult with Dr. Mimi to identify whether you have adequate bone support and healthy gums that will support the new tooth structure. We will take x-rays of the area and examine it clinically, along with taking into consideration your overall health to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Our implant consultations are comprehensive and complimentary!
What should I expect if I decide to move forward with implant treatment?
The placement of dental implants is a multi-step process that typically takes between 6 and 9 months to complete. It begins with a surgical procedure during which a titanium rod is placed where a previous natural tooth root once was. The gums are sutured shut over the implant, where is will stay for several months while it heals and begins fusing with the surrounding bone. Due to the nature of implant placement and its average procedure time of between 1 and 2 hours, you’ll be sedated and/or anesthetized for the duration of the treatment. At the conclusion of the healing period, you’ll return to be fitted for permanent crowns and have them placed.
What type of implants are placed at Westlake Smile Studio?
At Westlake Smile Studio, we place implants made by Nobel Biocare, a world leader in the field of innovative implant-based dental restorations. Nobel Biocare was the pioneer of implant science, with over 60 years of experience.
What type of post-treatment care will I require?
It is normal to experience some discomfort, including bruising and swelling following a dental implant procedure. However, inflammation and pain may be managed with over-the-counter medications, hydrocodone, or codeine. You may be asked to eat only soft foods for approximately 2 weeks until the surgical site heals.