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Dental Implants FAQs El Segundo, CA

Dental implants in El Segundo are an ideal way to replace missing teeth. They’re a long-lasting solution that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.

What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

  • The implant screw/post
  • The abutment
  • The restoration

The implant screw is made of medical-grade titanium, a similar material used in joint replacements. Titanium is highly biocompatible, and most implants are made of this material because of its proven success rate.

Implant screws are the components that are surgically placed into the jawbone. The implant abutment fits into the screw and sticks out of the gums. It is used to support the implant restoration. The restoration – a dental crown or bridge – fits over the abutment and is the component that looks like a natural tooth.

What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Many variables determine the success rate of dental implants in El Segundo, including dental home care and the patient’s health. Overall, though, the success rate of dental implants is around 98%.

Do I Really Need to Have a Missing Tooth Replaced?

Over time, failure to restore a missing tooth can cause your bite to shift. The teeth adjacent to the space will drift. The result is a change in your bite that causes some teeth to take the brunt of the bite pressure when you chew, clench, or grind your teeth.

When even distribution is gone, the added pressure can break down otherwise healthy teeth. Eventually, these teeth can chip, crack, or even break. In some cases, tooth loss occurs. An uneven bite can also result in jaw pain and headaches.

Additionally, the jawbone has nothing to anchor to without a tooth, so in time, it will start to recede. Jaw bone recession can impact adjacent teeth and result in mobile teeth or even tooth loss.

The best course of action is to replace a missing tooth when possible.

Are Implants Only for People Missing One Tooth?

Dental implants in El Segundo are great for patients who have one missing tooth or several missing teeth. They can even benefit fully edentulous patients.

If you’re missing multiple teeth, we can use an implant to replace each missing tooth or use several implants to support a dental bridge.

What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?

The All-on-4 dental implant system is for patients who need a full arch of teeth replaced. Four implants are strategically placed in the jawbone to support the denture.

Full mouth implants are ideal for maintaining healthy bone levels. It also ensures proper (and comfortable!) denture fit.

How Much Do El Segundo Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants depends on your needs. Aspects that may impact your total cost include:

  • The implant surgery
  • The crown, bridge, or dentures
  • A sinus lift (if necessary)
  • A bone graft (if necessary)

Some dental insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost of the surgery and restoration, though not all will. Talk to your insurance provider about maximum coverage, deductibles, and limitations.

Your El Segundo dental team will be happy to discuss payment options, including outside financing.

Curious About What to Expect from Your Appointment?

Getting a dental implant is a process. It takes several appointments depending on your needs, including:

  • An extraction (if the tooth isn’t out yet)
  • A sinus lift
  • A bone graft
  • Implant surgery
  • Implant uncovering
  • Restoration fabrication
  • Restoration delivery

You’ll also need to factor in healing time. The implant needs to fully integrate into your jawbone before your El Segundo dentist can restore it with a crown, bridge, or denture.

Our team will review your treatment plan during your implant consultation and provide you with a timeline of events and the estimated cost for your procedure. We’re happy to answer all your implant questions and explain the process so that you feel comfortable and confident during your procedures.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants In El Segundo

Contact us today for an implant consultation!