Permanent Tooth Replacement in Glendale, CA
If you have missing teeth, you probably feel embarrassed about the obvious gap in your smile. We understand how you feel, but you are not alone – The American College of Prosthodontists indicates that over 178 million American adults are missing one or more teeth.
Dental Implants: A Unique Solution
Today we have more options for replacing teeth than ever before. Dental implants are unique because they are a tooth replacement that doesn’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone by Dr. Kim to create the same type of stable foundation as your natural teeth.
A dental implant is composed of a titanium root that extends into the natural jawbone tissue and is attached to a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture. The titanium implant acts as the new root system for artificial teeth, providing the ultimate in comfort and function.
Dr. Kim has completed Advanced Education in General Dentistry at UCLA in the areas of implantology and cosmetic dentistry. He uses this specialized knowledge and training to place and restore dental implants with outstanding results.
Candidates for Dental Implants
There are several factors we consider when determining whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Since dental implants rely on your jawbone for support, the primary requirement is that there is sufficient bone remaining in your jaw to support the implant.
However, if we find that the bone has deteriorated, all is not lost. Dr. Kim will evaluate your situation to determine if bone graft surgery is an appropriate option. This procedure builds up bone in the jaw, allowing for successful placement of the implant.
Another potential problem is that your sinus is too close to your upper jaw for an implant to be placed. In this case, Dr. Kim will recommend a procedure known as a sinus lift.
Your general health is another important consideration. You need to be healthy enough to go through the procedure, and your teeth must be healthy and cavity-free. If you do have existing dental concerns, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that will get your oral health back on track in preparation for implant placement.
Restore Your Confident Smile with Dr. Kim
Dr. Lucio H. Kim is one of the premier dental implant specialists in Glendale California. We know you don’t want to live with a smile that makes you feel embarrassed or ashamed. Today, we have lots of choices for tooth replacement, and we’ll work with you until we find the solution that fits your needs. We’ll go over all your options and answer your questions so that you feel confident about the decision you make for treatment.
There’s a lot to think about when considering dental implants, and we’re here for you every step of the way. We’ll help with your insurance questions to make sure that you get the most out of your coverage. If you have concerns about financing, we’ll go over all your options before you commit to treatment.
We want to help you enjoy the beautiful smile you were meant to have. Please contact our Glendale dental office. A helpful member of our team will be happy to arrange a commitment-free consultation with Dr. Kim.
This smile pictured on the right is an actual patient. Can you tell which is the implant??