There are several time-tested methods for replacement of missing teeth, yet only one technique duplicates the function of the entire tooth, from root to crown – a dental implant. With a holistic approach to this advanced treatment, Dr. Sanda Moldovan in Beverly Hills, CA restores smile appeal, reinstates chewing function, and preserve facial appearance.
When a tooth is lost, the crown is noticeably missing. That is the enamel-covered portion that extends beyond the gum line, showing when you smile and speak, and letting you bite into foods. The crown, however, is only half of the tooth . . . and the remainder is just as important. Roots are embedded in the jawbone, holding the tooth securely in place. Tooth roots serve another vital function, as well. They provide stimulation that encourages the body to send minerals and nutrients, keeping upper and lower jawbones thick and strong.
A partial denture or bridge replaces the crown of a missing tooth, but those prosthetics sit on top of gum tissue. Only a dental implant becomes part of the body.
The implant is a small, screw-shaped cylinder. It is meticulously positioned in the jawbone to replicate the tooth root. Over time osseointegration occurs – bone fuses with the implant. The implant is then finished with restoration.
About the procedure
Although implantation is a surgical procedure, it is performed on-site at Dr. Moldovan’s office. It is brief, and your comfort is ensured with numbing and sedation. The goal is a predictable outcome and long-term success of the implant. To avoid surprises, Dr. Moldovan utilizes leading-edge imaging technology to clearly establish the oral terrain, from soft tissues to bone, nerves, and sinuses. The work is also computer-guided for further accuracy.
The soft tissue incision closes quickly, and most patients return to a normal diet within a day or two. It typically takes several months for the body to accomplish osseointegration. The doctor may suggest a temporary restoration during this period. In some cases, an implant can be placed immediately after extraction, and “loaded” with a restoration right away, so you don’t have to go a day without a tooth.
Versatile treatment option
Dental implants can be utilized in many ways to enhance the smile, improve the oral condition, and contribute to whole-body wellness:
- Stand-alone restoration – When an individual tooth is replaced with an implant and a crown, it keeps its neighbors from shifting out of position. A traditional dental bridge requires reduction (grinding down) of adjacent teeth as anchor points. A partial denture clips to existing teeth, which can place a strain on them. There is no detrimental effect on healthy teeth with a dental implant restoration.
- Multiple implants – Several teeth at various locations in the mouth can be addressed this way. You may even choose to have an entire arch of implant teeth.
- Implant-retained bridge – An implant bridge can be a cost-effective choice for multiple missing teeth. You get the bone preservation benefit of dental implants, but just two are needed to replace up to five consecutive teeth.
- Implant-supported denture – The primary complaint with conventional dentures is stability. Even with high-quality dentures that fit well initially, the mouth changes with the passage of time. Once-stable dentures may begin to wobble, slip, or rub sore spots. By placing just a few dental implants in the arch, a full denture can be secured with an amazing level of function and confidence. An implant denture may be removable or fixed in place.
The distinction of dental implant treatment in Beverly Hills
Many dentists offer dental implants. Few have Dr. Moldovan’s qualifications. She holds Board-certification in periodontics. This is an area of specialization focused on structures that surround and support teeth. Deterioration of those supporting structures is the primary cause of tooth loss. Dr. Moldovan is also a certified nutritionist, a background that helps implants patients have successful procedures.
As a holistic/biological dentist, Dr. Moldovan chooses materials and techniques that align with the human body safely, with the least possible risk of allergy or reaction. She offers completely metal-free dental implantation. Implants are made of an incredibly strong dental ceramic called zirconia, and crown restorations are porcelain.
A naturally artistic eye and passion for precision round out Dr. Moldovan’s credentials. She applies an appreciation for balance, proportion, and color to bring out aesthetic qualities in every procedure.