How can we help you?
We want you to feel informed about any matters that affect your oral health. You can make much more confident decisions about your treatment when you understand what’s happening and how fixing the problem will benefit you.
That is why we always welcome questions at PhD Dental. The questions you ask help us understand what’s important to you and your family, which allows us to provide personalized treatment that meets your needs in every way.
Some of the questions we hear most frequently are listed below. However, we know that you may have others that aren't listed here. Please don’t hesitate to call us so a helpful member of our team can arrange a consultation with one of our skilled dentists to discuss your concerns.
What is an Implant?
An implant is a post that one of our specialists place surgically in your jaw bone during a procedure at one of our dental offices. Before we begin, we will give you a local anesthetic so you shouldn’t feel anything during the surgery.
It might help to know that placing an implant is not as complicated as removing a tooth, and the bone into which we place the implant doesn’t have many nerves that sense pain. However, we do offer nitrous oxide if you are anxious about the procedure.
Is Placing an Implant Uncomfortable?
Having an implant placed is a major dental procedure; there's a chance you will have some discomfort after the anesthetic wears off. But most patients report that they manage it comfortably by using ice packs and taking over-the-counter pain medication. You may also be comforted to know that those who’ve had the procedure say that any discomfort was well worth the final result!
The team at PhD Dental is always happy to answer your questions about any of the procedures we offer. If you would like to more information dental implants in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera, please call us to arrange an appointment. One of our specialists will sit down with you to evaluate your needs, answer your questions, and help you decide if a dental implant is an appropriate choice for you.
Bridges and implants are similar in that they are both methods for replacing teeth. But the way they go about it is very different.
A bridge is a dental prosthetic that usually consists of an artificial tooth called a pontic with dental crowns attached on either side. The crowns are then secured to adjacent teeth, and the pontic sits in the open space.
A dental implant, on the other hand, is a full tooth replacement. Unlike a bridge, the implant is placed surgically in your jaw bone to take the place of the lost tooth root. We then attach a dental crown to it which becomes the part of the tooth you see when you smile.
The fact that the implant is anchored in your jaw makes it a much healthier way to replace missing teeth. First, we don’t need to alter adjacent teeth as we do when placing a bridge. Also, the implant stimulates healthy bone growth in your jaw and eliminates the problem of bone loss that is common with tooth loss.
What We Recommend
While we do place bridges at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera dental offices, we often recommend implants because they are the healthier choice. If you have questions about tooth replacement, please call PhD Dental, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation with one of our skilled dentists.