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Quality Implant Dentistry Near Burbank

Feeling insecure about how your smile looks and functions can be a major hindrance during everyday life. Having weakened or missing teeth can make it harder to smile, laugh, speak, and eat with confidence. At Oak Lawn Smiles Family Dentistry, we provide strong and attractive implants to patients who want a permanent solution for tooth loss.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

A standard dental implant has three parts: a titanium implant, an abutment, and a crown. The implant itself is inserted into the jawbone to provide a replacement for your tooth’s root structure. The titanium rod is then attached to an abutment, or connection point, and the dental crown is attached on top.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

For many people, implants provide a perfect solution for missing teeth. There are many bonuses to choosing dental implants over (or in combination with) other restorative procedures. Our dental implants near Burbank provide:

  • A permanent solution. Dental implantation is an irreversible procedure. Even if the crown becomes damaged, the implant will remain below.
  • Improved overall health. Dental implants can help reduce your risk of periodontal (gum) disease, known to cause heart attacks, strokes, and other serious conditions.
  • Restored functionality. With your new implant, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods, including foods like steak, apples, and corn on the cob.
  • A naturally beautiful appearance. Your dental implants will look just like beautiful, natural teeth, blending in with the rest of your smile for a flattering look.
  • Easy care regimen. Dental implants require a simple care regimen, including twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, and biannual visits to the dentist.
  • Solid and non-removable. Many people with dentures struggle to keep them in place and occasionally lose track of them entirely. Implants are not removable.

What to Expect

Consultation

You will need to visit our Oak Lawn dental and implant center for an exam before being approved for an implant. You will discuss your dental health with our dentist, have x-rays taken, and receive a complete oral exam during the consultation. If you are determined to be a good candidate for dental implants, we will set a date for your implant procedure.

Implant and Abutment Surgeries

The implant procedure involves minor gum surgery during which our dentist will use a specialized tool to create a channel for the implant to be anchored into surrounding bone. It can take three or more weeks for the surgery site to fully heal, and 4-6 months for the implant to fully anchor the bone.

When your gums have healed, you will return for a minor follow-up procedure to place the abutments. Typically we are able to take impressions of the site and begin fabricating your dental crown the same day.

Placing Your Crown

Once we’ve received your final restoration from our dental lab, we will check the fit and screw your crown into place atop the abutment. This process is truly the least painful dental procedure! Some patients experience an adjustment period as their gums and jaw get used to the sensations of eating and speaking with their new implant.

Determining Your Candidacy

Infographic describing the candidate requirements for dental implants

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

The different components of a dental implant are thought to have differing maximum lifespans. The titanium implant can last a lifetime with proper care. The dental crown, however, may only last 10-15 years with proper daily care. The best way to maximize the lifespan of your tooth replacement is to brush, floss, and visit your dentist as recommended. Replacement of the crown is typically very easy and pain free.

Caring For Your Dental Implant

Dental implants require very similar care compared to natural teeth. Like natural teeth, dental implants require brushing (twice per day), flossing (at least once per day), and regular visits for dental checkups. Additionally, a person with implants should consider using a soft-bristle toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste to help keep their crown looking its best. Your dentist may also recommend using a night guard to offer the best protection to your implants.

Are Dental Implants Covered By Insurance?

The answer to this question will vary depending on the type of insurance you have. Dental implants have been the gold standard of care for many decades and insurances are slowly catching on to their essential benefit to patients. If you are considering this dental service, it’s best to review your insurance policy and reach out for clarification.

Dental Implants – Burbank

Looking for dental implants near Burbank? Our dentist’s office in nearby Oak Lawn is staffed by experienced and compassionate dental professionals. We can help you determine what will best suit your dental circumstances. Contact us today to schedule your appointment or reach out with any questions you need answered.

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I love coming to this clinic because they always greet you when you come in and make you feel welcome. They are always running on time, which is great because I have to get to work as soon as possible. My daughter likes coming here too and she used to be afraid of going to the dentist.
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I've always hated the dentist, but this place is awesome! First off, the staff is so great and welcoming. They made me feel 100% comfortable even though I was in a lot of pain and was honestly really nervous since it's been a while that I've seen the dentist. Dr. Theresa is by far the most personable and non judgmental dentist I've ever seen. She kept me informed the entire time during the visit and kept me calm. Love this place, maybe going to the dentist from now on won't be so stressful after all.
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I had my best experience I've ever had at a dentist here at Oak Lawn Smiles. The whole office is modern and the staff is very friendly! My dentist was very conservative with her approach on what to do with my situation. 10/10 would recommend to other people to check this place out.
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The team at Oak Lawn Smiles is the best! Amazing experience and great dentistry. Root canals are painless here! Place is exactly what you want when searching for healthcare.
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I love coming to this clinic because they always greet you when you come in and make you feel welcome. They are always running on time, which is great because I have to get to work as soon as possible. My daughter likes coming here too and she used to be afraid of going to the dentist.

Susan W.

Our family has enjoyed visiting Oak Lawn Smiles since we moved to the area. We all agree it is great having a perfectionist for a dentist. Thanks for all your care!

Chuck K.

I would have to say that I highly recommend the friendly staff at the office Oak Lawn Smiles. The staff is Awesome!

Laurie

I've always hated the dentist, but this place is awesome! First off, the staff is so great and welcoming. They made me feel 100% comfortable even though I was in a lot of pain and was honestly really nervous since it's been a while that I've seen the dentist. Dr. Theresa is by far the most personable and non judgmental dentist I've ever seen. She kept me informed the entire time during the visit and kept me calm. Love this place, maybe going to the dentist from now on won't be so stressful after all.

Nicki F

I had my best experience I've ever had at a dentist here at Oak Lawn Smiles. The whole office is modern and the staff is very friendly! My dentist was very conservative with her approach on what to do with my situation. 10/10 would recommend to other people to check this place out.

Andrew J

The team at Oak Lawn Smiles is the best! Amazing experience and great dentistry. Root canals are painless here! Place is exactly what you want when searching for healthcare.

Terri L