The gold standard to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed inside the bone under the gum line to mimic the “root” of the missing tooth being replaced.
Over the last 30 years extensive evaluation has been done to test the best materials to use for implants. There are many implant systems however the success rates are at 99%.
Dental implants from Dr Shawn Saidian in the Westwood California area can include replacing a single tooth or several teeth. The benefit of a dental implant is that it is permanent. There is no need to to remove an appliance as is the case with dentures.
Who is A Good Candidate?
The Westwood dentist will have you fill out a questionnaire which will assess your overall health. It is important that you let your dentist know of any health conditions as it may affect the approach to your treatment.
Smoking and an immunocompromised state such as diabetes are the two most common factors that are looked at when evaluating whether you are good candidate for implants.A careful, thought out approach is needed not only to restore the missing tooth but more importantly an evaluation of the surrounding structures is vital to the success and longevity of the implant(s).