Posts for tag: dental implants

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Everybody deserves a healthy and full smile. However, what happens when you lose one, or worse, a couple of your teeth? Missing teeth could make you embarrassed about smiling and feel unattractive. Likewise, just one lost tooth can make it hard to chew correctly, and in time, cause havoc on your bite.

Thankfully, you can restore your smile using a natural-looking, durable, and permanent tooth restoration option in the form of dental implants. Available here at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA, our periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper, can determine your candidacy for the procedure and help you get your smile back.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Restoring a lost tooth using a dental implant could drastically enhance not only your smile but your oral function as well. Implants also maintain and correct the spacing and position of the real teeth surrounding them. Likewise, they can help prevent deterioration of your jawbone.

When you lose a tooth, this could lead to the underlying jawbone to deteriorate because it would also lose the stimulation from the tooth roots. But since implants will act as artificial tooth roots, they will preserve your jawbone. In addition, they can even help you restore a more youthful appearance since they can help restore your facial contours. This is especially true if you have lost multiple teeth.

How Does a Dental Implant Work as a Tooth Replacement?

Your periodontist in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Peter Cooper, will surgically insert the titanium implants into your jawbone. Essentially, they will serve to stabilize the prosthetic tooth on top by acting as your new tooth roots. After a healing period of 3 to 6 months (during which the implant will fuse with the jawbone, itself), a dental crown will be placed atop the restoration, completing the procedure.

How Do I Know If I’m a Great Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are generally in good health and have lost one or several teeth, you are likely a great candidate for implants. However, your dentist will need to make certain that your jawbone is strong enough to support this restoration. For people who have insufficient or weak jawbones, they may still qualify for dental implant surgery if they undergo a sinus lift or bone graft.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants Now.

Contact Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA, at (626) 796-1241 to arrange your appointment with our periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 13, 2019
Category: Dental Health
Tags: dental implants  

Whether you're missing one, two, or even all of your natural teeth, dental implants can transform the way you talk, eat, and feel about your dental implantappearance. These amazing restorations are a regular part of Dr. Peter Cooper's periodontal practice in Pasadena, CA, and he's contributed some information about their benefits for this post.

 

Why dental implants are necessary

It might surprise you to learn that losing your permanent teeth is not a normal part of the aging process. Nevertheless, tooth loss does happen, whether it's due to an accident, decay, or another restoration such as a crown or root canal that has deteriorated over time. While other dental restorations help to restore your looks and eating capabilities, they have their limitations because they only replace the visible part of the tooth. Without the roots of every tooth firmly in place, the rest of the natural teeth can begin to shift, leading to bone loss, alignment problems, and loss of more teeth. Dental implants from your Pasadena periodontist "trick" the natural teeth into functioning normally because they replace the entire tooth from roots to crown.

 

Benefits of dental implants

One of the most obvious and talked-about advantages of dental implants is how realistic they look. While it's true - there is no visible hardware and the porcelain crowns look very natural - dental implants are more than just a "pretty face." They offer unmatched stability in terms of being able to eat comfortably, they do not require removal or special tools for cleaning, and they can last a lifetime with proper care. All of these benefits and more make dental implants the best choice for replacing any teeth you may have lost over the years.

If you'd like to learn more about dental implants, or to schedule an appointment with periodontist Dr. Peter Cooper, contact our office in Pasadena, CA, today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you have gaps in your smile, you may feel embarrassed or ashamed of the way your teeth look. However, you can complete your smile with dental implants and help from your dentist. Coming up with a plan to fill the gaps in your smile can boost both the functionality of your smile and your self-esteem. Find out more about dental implants and how they can help you with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

What is a dental implant? 
A dental implant is a stand-alone tooth replacement option. While a dental bridge, which also replaces a missing tooth, attaches to the healthy teeth surrounding a gap, an implant’s fixture lies within the bone itself. The bone grows around the tooth to integrate it into the smile and provide a solid foundation for the replacement tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Permanent: Dental implants are a permanent part of your smile. Their design allows them to remain in your mouth. The non-removable tooth functions, feels, and looks just like a natural tooth.
  • Custom: A dental laboratory creates each crown based on a clay impression of your mouth, meaning each implant fits seamlessly into your smile.
  • Easy to Clean: Dental implants require the same simple daily routine as your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist at least twice a year to keep both your natural teeth and implants healthy and clean for years to come.
  • Functional: The functionality of dental implants is second to none. Their design gives them the ability to function exactly like a natural tooth. While some tooth replacement options may have the chance of falling out or shifting while you eat or speak, implants stay put and work exactly as they should.

Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA
Do not hesitate when it comes to replacing your missing teeth. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Cooper today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
March 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Oral surgery may sound like a complex, invasive procedure. However, not every surgery requires an operating room and drawn-out dental implantsprocess. Dental implants, while considered oral surgery, can benefit your smile in more ways than one and even take place right in your dentist’s office. Find out more about dental implants and if they are right for you with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

Do I need dental implants? 
You can benefit from a dental implant if you have a missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even if you are missing all your teeth. While an implant can benefit anyone who has a missing tooth, unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. A missing tooth causes bone atrophy, which causes the bone underneath the tooth to degrade and break down. A dental implant needs an adequate amount of bone in which to secure itself, meaning that patients with severe bone atrophy may require a bone grafting procedure prior to receiving their implants.

How can dental implants benefit my smile? 
One of the most outwardly obvious benefits of dental implants is the boost to your confidence by replacing your missing teeth. Having a smile you love will make you feel as great as your new teeth look. Additionally, dental implants are permanent and remain in the mouth for years to come. There is no need to remove and soak or clean the implants in any other way than you would your natural teeth by simply brushing twice a day and flossing once. Implants function just like your natural teeth and, thanks to their high-quality porcelain materials, blend in seamlessly with your existing smile.

Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA
Dr. Cooper is an expert in dental implants and ensuring that his patients receive quality, friendly care. If you think dental implants are the right choice for tooth-replacement treatment for you, Dr. Cooper can help you better understand the procedure, what to expect, and how you can benefit in the long run.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cooper for a consultation for dental implants today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
October 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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Dental implants are known for their durability as well as life-like beauty. Thanks to their unique construction and ability to integrate with bone, they have a very high success rate and can last for decades.

But while they’re less problematic than other restorations, we still can’t “set them and forget them.” While the implants themselves aren’t susceptible to disease, the supporting gums, bone and adjacent teeth are. If you want them to last as long as possible, you’ll need to care for them and the rest of your mouth through daily oral hygiene and semi-annual office cleanings.

With that said, there are a few differences in how we perform hygiene tasks with implants. This is due to the way in which they attach to the jaw, as the titanium post is inserted directly into the bone. Natural teeth, on the other hand, are held in place by the periodontal ligament, a strong connective tissue that lies between the teeth and bone. The ligament holds the teeth firmly in place while also allowing minute tooth movement in response to changes in the mouth.

The ligament also has an ample blood supply that assists with fighting infection that may arise in the tooth and its supporting gums. Without this extra source of defense, infections that arise around an implant can grow quickly into a condition known as peri-implantitis and lead to rapid bone loss that could cause the implant to fail.

That’s why you and your hygienist must be ever vigilant to the buildup of plaque, the bacterial film that gives rise to dental disease, around implants and adjacent teeth. This includes removing plaque buildup from implant surfaces, although your hygienist will use tools (scalers or curettes) made of plastic or resin rather than traditional metal to avoid scratching the implant’s dental material. They’ll likewise use nylon or plastic tips with ultrasonic equipment (which uses high vibration to loosen plaque) and lower power settings with water irrigation devices.

Keeping infection at bay with effective hygiene is the number one maintenance goal with dental implants. Doing your part along with your hygienist will help you get the most of this investment in your smile.

If you would like more information on oral hygiene with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Maintenance.”



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Pasadena Dental Implants
175 S. El Molino, Suite 4
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 796-1241

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