Looking for Dental Implants in Thousand Oaks?
You probably are looking at this page because you are searching for a Thousand Oaks dentist who places dental implants. You came to the right place! Dr. Sycamore has extensive training and experience in both placement and restoration of dental implants. What this means is that all of the work is done in the same office by the same dentist. Why is this significant? It’s important to understand a little bit about dental implants to answer that question!
Dental implants consist of two separate components
Dental implants are made of medical grade titanium. That’s the same material that’s used in hip and knee replacements. The reason titanium is used is because it’s extremely bio-compatible with bone. Implants are shaped roughly like a screw. Although they are wider at the top and taper down towards the bottom. The implant essentially acts as the root of a tooth.
After the implant is securely rooted in the bone, we’re able to attach the crown to the implant. The crown is probably what you think of when you think of a tooth. It actually screws down into the implant itself. The crown looks and functions just like a tooth.
Nearly all dentists place crowns on implants, but only 10 percent of general dentists actually surgically place the implants themselves. Why does that matter? There are several key advantages to having both procedures done by the same dentist.
- No need to visit different offices. There’s no driving around or getting lost. No meeting new dentists. Everything is done by someone you know and trust.
- Less confusion. A common problem that exists between general dentists and specialists is miscommunication. This could be where to place the implant or what type of implant to place. There are so many dental implant manufacturers and systems that confusion is bound to happen. When both are done by the same dentist, that confusion is eliminated.
- It’s less expensive when both components are bundled together. We are able to offer implants at an affordable price because we bundle both components together. You save money!
- We stand by the quality of our work. Implants have an incredible success rate but there are times when things go wrong. What you don’t want is for the general dentist to blame the failure on the specialist and the specialist to blame it on the general dentist. When all is completed together, there is no blame. Just solutions!
Dental implants have become a major focus in Dr. Sycamore’s practice because of their success rate, effectiveness and affordability. If you would like to know more or have questions, please give us a call to schedule a consult!
Types of Dental Implants
There are many types of implants which are used to replace teeth. It is important to choose the right one.
Single Unit Implants
The most common type of implants placed. They are very simple. It’s just like a tooth. When a tooth is missing, it is replaced by a single implant and crown.
If several teeth are missing in the same area, a multi unit implant bridge is a great option. We usually place two implants and span a bridge of teeth between the implants. As many as four teeth can be used on two implants.
Implant Supported Prosthetic
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, a implant supported prosthetic is an amazing option. Four to six implants are placed and a full arch prosthetic is attached to the implants. The prosthetic is fix permanently in place and looks and acts like a full set of teeth. A perfect solution for some unhappy with a denture!
Implant Stabilized Prosthetic
A prosthetic can also be stabilized with implants. Two to four implants are placed and the prosthetic sits on top of the implants. This stabilizes the denture so it does not shift when talking or eating. Stabilization is less expensive due to the need for fewer implants and it can be incorporated into an existing denture.
Dental Implants vs. Traditional Options
Dr. Sycamore is a huge proponent for dental implants but he also realizes that there are other options for replacing a missing tooth and they all need to be considered because there are times when a more traditional treatment is more advisable. There are four ways to deal with a missing tooth. They vary in cost, comfortability and practicality. Each way has pros and cons.
1. Do Nothing
The simplest thing to do following the removal of a tooth is to do nothing. There are cases when not replacing a missing tooth is fine and Dr. Sycamore might ever recommend doing nothing.
- No cost
- No invasive procedures
- Socially unacceptable to be missing a visible tooth
- Surrounding teeth will move
- Increased stress on surrounding teeth
2. Removable Partial Denture
This is an option that is not very popular. There is no one that wants to use a removable compete or partial denture but it can be a valid treatment under some circumstances.
- Acceptable appearance
- Minimal alteration to existing teeth
- Stabilizes remaining teeth (no movement)
- Can be embarrassing
- Food can get under the denture
- Must be removed each night
- Often uncomfortable
- Causes stress to remaining teeth
This is a common treatment that is regularly used in Thousand Oaks and across the country. There are many times when a simple bridge is a perfect solution for a missing tooth.
- Best appearance of all treatments
- Not removable
- Long lifespan
- Crowns on adjacent teeth can be a benefit
- Nearly as expensive as an implant
- Requires putting crowns on adjacent teeth
- Puts stress on adjacent teeth
4. Dental Implants
Dental implants are often the gold standard for replacing a missing tooth. It’s the closest thing we can do to replacing a tooth with another tooth.
- Excellent long term success
- Good appearance
- No stress on surrounding teeth
- Invasive surgical procedure
- Highest cost of any of the treatments
- Bone quality must be adequate to place an implant
There is no one treatment that will work in every situation. So many factors should be discussed and considered in order to provide you with the ideal treatment for each unique situation. Dr. Sycamore would love to meet with you and discuss what treatment would be right for you!
Dental Implant FAQs
Why are dental implants separated into two components?
- They are made of different materials. Implants are made of titanium and crowns are made of porcelain or zirconia. The titanium is a dark silver and would make for a very ugly and unnatural tooth.
- They serve different functions. The implant acts as the root and the crown acts as the tooth.
- They are almost always done at different times. It is usually necessary to wait 3-6 months after placement of the implant so that the bone can heal around the implant and osseointegrate. It’s necessary for the bone to grow strongly around the implant so that it stays in place once biting force is placed upon it.
What is the time frame to replace a tooth with an implant?
This is a hard question to answer because there are a lot of variables. It’s easier to answer on a case to case basis. But generally it takes between 3 months to 1 year. Variables include when the tooth went missing, where the implant is placed, the quality of the bone, etc.
Do I need to be put to sleep for the procedure?
No. Implant placement is actually a really simple procedure. The surgery is relatively quick and painless. It is routinely done without any type of sedation to self proclaimed scaredy cats without issue.
Do I need a driver to take me home?
No. The procedure is done with only local anesthetic and you shouldn’t feel too much different than if you had a filling done.
How painful is it to get dental implants?
There is usually some minor pain the first day or two. Followed by a sensation of pressure that lasts about a week. Patients nearly always say that it is much better than expected.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are one of the longest lasting restorations offered in dentistry. Titanium implants properly anchored in bone should last for upwards of 25 years and many times for life. The crowns anchored to the implants don’t have quite the longevity and are subject to wear due to normal eating or grinding. Dental implants have no material which can decay or is sensitive to bacteria so the only risk is to the bone surrounding the implant itself.
How much do implants cost?
I wish I could just give you a price but there are many factors that influence the price of a dental implant. I think I would cause more harm by quoting a price here and not being able to honor it when we do a consult. Please set up a consult so I can give you an actual price.
Do you offer financing?
We offer zero interest financing with a payment plan or through CareCredit.