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Missing some teeth?

You might already know that there are multiple options for teeth replacement. These include dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Implants are permanent and offer many advantages. They may be a good option for you if you have missing teeth.

Implants are artificial tooth material attached to titanium posts. The posts fuse to your bone and become permanent. Implants are virtually as strong as your natural teeth and they look like real teeth too. 

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The advantages of implants

Whenever possible, we recommend fitting implants if you have missing teeth.

We believe the advantages of dental implants are:

  • They’re comfortable and feel like real teeth
  • They support your facial and jaw bones
  • They maintain the shape of your face.

Dental implants are brushed the same way you brush your teeth. You can use gentle, non-abrasive toothpaste. Simply put, dental implants are so similar to real teeth no one will know the difference.

A candidate for implants does need to have enough jaw bone to accept the titanium posts as a bone graft is possible if necessary. Anyone who is not a candidate for implants is probably a candidate for dentures.

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The process for dental implants is simple

Once you have been assessed, a recommendation will be made regarding the best possible dental implant option. For each implant a drill hole is necessary and the titanium post is screwed into the hole. We can fit more than one at a single appointment. It will take a few weeks for each implant to fuse with the bone and during this time the implant is covered over so that you won’t notice its presence. Once the implant is set in place an artificial tooth will be fixed on top of it. Implants are very durable and could last a lifetime with the right care.

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Are dental implants for you?

Contact our office in Santa Monica for a consultation appointment. Implants are an investment that can be saved up for like anything else. Dental implants are often not covered by insurance, but they may be, depending on your individual plan and on the cause of the lost tooth or teeth.

Here are some other ideas on how to make implants affordable:

  • Health savings accounts
  • You can start a health savings account to accumulate money to pay for dental implants. A health savings account (HSA) is tax deductible and available to anyone who has a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP.)
  • Discount dental plans are similar to insurance, but give you discounts on dental services for an annual or monthly fee.
  • Dental financing plans
  • Interest-free financing plans, like CareCredit, offer low monthly payments for your dental services.
  • Tax deductions.

Though it is rare, in some cases dental implants may be tax deductible in whole or in part. Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation, and we can help determine if dental implants are right for you.