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Getting Ready For A Dental Implant In Los Angeles, California

August 5th, 2016

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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 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


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2080 Century Park E, Ste 1601
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Single Tooth Replacement: Dental Implant or Bridge?

November 2nd, 2015

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

July 3rd, 2014

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

February 7th, 2014

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

June 7th, 2013

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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