Getting Ready For A Dental Implant In Los Angeles, California

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Dr. Bill Dorfman at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles, California believes every patient deserves a brilliant smile whether it takes porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or sedation dentistry.

Today’s post will address the preparation needed for dental implants. Consider calling 855-219-8706 today for your own personal consultation and to receive one-on-one information specific to your needs.

Getting ready for a tooth implant includes understanding what it is, whether you are a candidate, how to prepare for the surgery, precautions to take throughout the healing process and what to expect once the implant is complete.

What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post fused to the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A tooth implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. Our patients in Beverly Hills, California, Hollywood, and Century City come from all backgrounds and have a wide range of dental troubles. For many, dental implants are a phenomenal solution.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit with Dr. Dorfman at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry 2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601, Los Angeles, California 90067 is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person so be sure you understand all the important details. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be required.

How do I ensure successful healing?
Avoid drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal between surgeries. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around site. Follow the instructions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Avoid smoking or other tobacco products.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, dangerous habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implants and gum tissue around the implants clean just as you (hopefully) do with your natural teeth.

The complete process can take months from consultation to complete healing and placement of the abutment and artificial tooth. At your initial consultation, we can discuss the cost of dental implants and look at financing options.

Visit http://www.billdorfmandds.com/meet-the-team/dr-dorfman/ for more details about our practice and services including invisalign braces, gum contouring, veneers and teeth whitening. Our professional and aware staff is ready to offer cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign braces, dental implants and many other general and cosmetic procedures.

You deserve a billion dollar smile

 

Contact Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:

855-219-8706

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2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, CA
90067

 


Single Tooth Replacement: Dental Implant or Bridge?

sigle-toothLosing a tooth may not seem like cause for concern; however, losing even a single tooth can become problematic. It can affect your appearance, your ability to talk and chew, and your jawbone and other teeth.

Two of the most common ways to replace a single tooth is with either a dental bridge or a dental implant. It’s all about figuring out which one is right for you.

Difference between a Dental Bridge and Dental Implant

A dental bridge is exactly what it sounds like. It links the gap between two neighboring natural teeth with an artificial bridge.

Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist starts by shaving the sides of the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The reshaping of these anchor teeth makes room for the bridge. A temporary bridge fills in until your permanent metal/ceramic or all ceramic bridge is ready for placement.

Naturally, the biggest benefits of a dental bridge are that it’s relatively quick to do at a reasonable cost. However, bridges have their drawbacks. One of the biggest problems with bridges is the trauma placed on the anchor teeth. Not only do the anchor teeth require reshaping, the success of the bridge relies on their continued good health.

Dental implants, on the other hand, replace a missing tooth in the most natural-looking way possible. Your Century City cosmetic dentist actually embeds the implant into your gum and jawbone. It acts as the tooth root. This preserves your jawbone and doesn’t affect any adjoining teeth. Additionally, the crown placed on top of the implant makes it virtually impossible for anyone to know it’s not your real tooth.

Take Quick Action if You Lose a Tooth

Regardless of how or why you lose a tooth, it’s important to take immediate action. Losing a tooth can lead to a long list of problems, including movement of other teeth, decay, periodontal disease, and jawbone loss. It may even lead to the loss of other teeth.

Instead, if you lose a tooth here is what your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist recommends:

  • If you can find the tooth, be sure to pick it up by the crown not the root.
  • Don’t try to clean it.
  • If possible, place the tooth back into position and hold it in place with sterile gauze.
  • If you cannot replace it, preserve the tooth in sterile saline or milk.
  • Visit your dentist as soon as possible.

The goal is to keep from harming the tooth or root. Handled correctly, your Century City cosmetic dentist may be able to save the tooth as well as save you from additional dental work.


New Protein for California Dental Implant Patients

implants Hundreds of California dental implant recipients have replaced missing teeth with jaw-bone anchored tooth implants. Unlike a dental bridge, a tooth implant consists of a titanium post inserted into the jaw bone. The bone meshes with the post to create a strong base for the natural-looking prosthetic tooth and crown that attaches to the post.

Dental implants are usually the ideal restoration for California people who want to replace a missing tooth. There is a problem, however, if the jaw bone is too thin at the implant site.

When a tooth is extracted, the bone loses the blood circulation at the former site of the root. Consequently, bone recession often occurs. If the recession is extensive, there is not enough bone to hold the dental implant post.

Bone grafting can augment the bone at the implant site and provide the bone density necessary for a successful implant. This is usually effective, but it does require time for the new bone to generate. A new discovery may provide a quicker solution for regenerating bone.

Researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine have identified a protein that quickly stimulates the production of new bone. The research team, led by Dr. Ulf M.E. Wikesjo, implanted bone morphogenetic protein in test subjects and discovered that “more new bone formed within four weeks than with conventional bone grafting.”

This protein will require extensive testing before it is available for California dental implant patients. However, I am pleased at the prospect of an additional method for making dental implants possible for my California patients with missing teeth and jaw bone recession.

For information about tooth restoration options including tooth implants, dental bridges, and porcelain crowns, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 855-219-8706.

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6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants In Los Angeles

For thousands of years, dentures have been allowing people to chew foods harder than mashed bananas and flash some teeth when they smile. However, Los Angeles denture wearers know how unstable, irritating, embarrassing, and inconvenient they can be.

Today, Beverly Hills folks with missing teeth are fortunate to have a tooth replacement choice that is far better than both traditional dentures and dental bridges. A tooth implant provides the total package, so to speak. An implant replaces the visible part of the tooth and – this is key – also the root.

The dental implant process works like this: A super-strong titanium post is anchored directly into the jawbone. An abutment is then attached to the post. Finally, a crown or denture is attached to the abutment. Tooth implants provide the following benefits:

Stability – Implants don’t move around in your mouth.  This permits normal chewing, swallowing, and speech.
Bone Retention – The post prevents the bone loss that almost always occurs after a tooth is extracted
Dental implants prevent jaw muscle dysfunction that can occur when remaining teeth are forced to compensate for missing teeth
Tooth implants eliminate gum irritation caused by dentures
No need for denture relines
No denture adhesive needed (Remember, they are anchored in your jawbone just like natural teeth!)

Los Angeles dental implant patients with one or two missing teeth can replace each missing tooth with a permanent implant. Los Angeles folks with significant tooth loss are usually best served with an implant-anchored denture.

If you want more information about tooth implant costs in Los Angeles or cosmetic dental financing, call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 855-219-8706. Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is a full-service general and cosmetic dental practice dedicated to preventative dental care. We offer:

 

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-You deserve a billion dollar smile


Attention Los Angeles: Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose Teeth

Attention Beverly Hills Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethHello Los Angeles visitors, welcome to Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. Let’s talk about a tooth replacement option common in Beverly Hills: dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of Beverly Hills dental patients, they are not problem free. Many California people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without the Los Angeles dental patient even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth also.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most Beverly Hills people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.

A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in Beverly Hills. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

Dental implants have a far better track record in California than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart Beverly Hills folks.

If you currently have a dental bridge, you might consider permanently replacing it with a dental implant before the adjacent teeth are threatened with decay.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, dental implants can replace one or more teeth and can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures. No more embarrassing slipping!

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, I invite you to call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 855-219-8706. I am Dr. Bill Dorfman. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation. A beautiful new smile can be yours with dental implants.

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855-219-8706
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What Does A Missing Tooth Say About You?

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth in Los Angeles When you meet someone in Beverly Hills who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you wonder if they were in an accident? Do you automatically start making assumptions about their income, level of education and overall physical health?

Though it is extremely unfair, we are often judged (and misjudged) by our appearance. Even if a person is impeccably dressed and groomed, a missing front tooth detracts from the overall pleasing impression.

Here is a personal story from a woman who lost a tooth:

I lost my job and along with it my dental insurance, then a month later, one of my front teeth. It has been very hard to find work…. and I know the missing tooth has cost me several jobs.”

A missing tooth can be a big deal.

Dental implants not only restore oral health, they restore self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Studies have shown that after more than 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons continue to function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Dental implants are one of the procedures we routinely perform at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry to help our Beverly Hills clients regain the beautiful smile they once had. Not all cosmetic dental procedures are as extreme as teeth implants. There are many minimally-invasive remedies for unattractive smiles.

Porcelain veneers instantly provide a perfect, gleaming tooth surface for Beverly Hills clients with broken or discolored teeth. Tooth whitening is a quick and affordable dentistry procedure in Hollywood that achieves dramatic results without requiring the removal of any tooth structure. Call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 855-219-8706 for more information about smile design and restorative dentistry.

-Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS


The Future Of Tooth Decay In Los Angeles

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Dental patients in the Los Angeles area may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. Well the answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, have regular dental health visits with your Los Angeles area dentist. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Los Angeles area, come visit us here at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Bill Dorfman has been a dentist in Los Angeles since 1985.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeover procedures such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants.

Century City Aesthetic Dentistry offers:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
porcelain veneers
smile design

Call 855-219-8706 to schedule an appointment!


A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth In Los Angeles

Dental Implants Los Angeles Are you one of the many Los Angeles men and women who has had a tooth extracted? If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many decisions to make. Can I afford a dental bridge? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I go with a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root?

With a dental implant from Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, you can. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. A dental implant consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Dental Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. It has been performed by Los Angeles dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty years. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call 855-219-8706.

Century City Aesthetic Dentistry
855-219-8706
2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
Los Angeles, California 90067
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How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Los Angeles

Dentures Los Angeles If you are one of the many Los Angeles denture wearers, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth.

The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology is making dentures a thing of the past.

At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry we have information and expertise that can help bring hope to Los Angeles area denture wearers through dental implant technology. There are a variety of effective denture/implant tooth configurations.

Call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 855-219-8706 to book an implant overdenture consultation with Dr. Bill Dorfman. We can help you understand your options and can recommend procedures.

If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again. How about a thick T-bone at your favorite Los Angeles steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your Los Angeles cosmetic dentist about the possibility of dental implants. While tooth implants are a significant investment, the dental implant cost is very reasonable when you consider they can last a lifetime.

Attention Los Angeles denture wearers: there is life after dentures with tooth implants!

Come see us at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601 in Los Angeles, 90067 for more information about dental implants.


Dental Implants In Beverly Hills

Cosmetic Dentistry The best permanent tooth replacement treatment available to Beverly Hills people who are missing teeth are dental implants.

A dental implant is a metal (ideally titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the rod. Titanium is amazingly strong and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection. In fact, most Beverly Hills implant dentists are not familiar with any such cases.

Dental implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Are you a good Beverly Hills candidate for tooth implant surgery?

Because the metal rod is anchored into the jaw bone, it is essential that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. Dr. Bill Dorfman can determine if you do.

Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proved to be successful for Beverly Hills people of all ages. Bill Dorfman provides comprehensive cosmetic dental care for every member of the family.

There are a few medical issues that may affect your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these conditions does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you; discuss any health issues with Dr. Bill Dorfman during your implant consultation.

Century City Aesthetic Dentistry is located at 2080 Century Park East, Suite 1601 in Los Angeles. Call 855-219-8706 to schedule an implant consultation.  For anxious patients, we offer sedation dentistry.