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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.”

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
September 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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There’s a lot to like about replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. This state-of-the-art restoration is by far the most durable and life-like option available. And unlike other replacement options implants stimulate bone growth, a major concern after tooth loss.

For that reason we encourage getting an implant as soon as possible — for adults, that is. We don’t recommend implants for younger patients because even a teenager’s jaws haven’t yet reached full maturity. Because it attaches to the jaw differently, an implant can’t move with the growing jaw as real teeth do. It would eventually look as if it were sinking into the jaw below the gum line or being left behind as the rest of the jaw grows.

It’s best, then, to postpone placing an implant until the jaw fully matures, usually in a patient’s early twenties. In the meantime, there are some things we can do to prepare for a future implant while also restoring the tooth with a temporary replacement.

As previously mentioned, our biggest concern is bone health. Like other living tissue, bone has a growth cycle of older cells dissolving and newer ones forming in their place. The teeth transmit the pressure produced when we chew to the bone to stimulate this growth. With the absence of a tooth, the adjacent bone no longer receives this stimulation — the growth cycle slows and may eventually lead to bone loss.

We can help this situation by placing a bone graft in the missing tooth socket at the time of extraction. The graft serves as a scaffold that’s eventually taken over and replaced by new bone growth. We can also try to control how fast the graft is replaced by using grafting material that’s slowly removed and lasts longer — often a preferable situation if an implant is years away.

As for appearance, we can create a custom partial denture or even a type of bridge that bonds a prosthetic tooth to neighboring teeth without significantly altering them. If the patient undergoes orthodontic treatment it’s also possible to add prosthetic teeth to an orthodontic appliance.

Eventually, we’ll be able to provide the permanent solution of a dental implant. With careful planning and measures to preserve bone health, there’s a good chance the outcome will be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on treatments for lost teeth in children and teenagers, 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 Implants for Teenagers.”

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
June 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

For anyone missing a tooth, they know the experience is less than fun. You may be feeling uncomfortable when it comes to talking or dental implantseven eating. You might even avoid smiling. Fortunately, with the help of dental implants in Pasadena, CA, from Dr. Peter Cooper, your smile can be restored with ease. These restorations will look and feel like your natural teeth.

About Dental Implants

Many individuals are embarrassed when it comes to spaces in your mouth where teeth are missing. Some people lose teeth due to decay, injury or periodontal disease, a gum infection of the gums and the bone surrounding teeth. Whatever the reason for the tooth loss, dental implants feel more natural than dentures and other types of dental restorations.

If you want a dental restoration like dental implants in Pasadena we are here for you. Dental implant surgery consists of an artificial tooth root that is fused into your jawbone to provide a secure base for the artificial dental crown being placed. For those missing many teeth, several implants may be used as a base to support an implant-supported denture.

Throughout the entire process, you will work with our professional dental team. Total treatment time will vary from patient to patient. To learn whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, you will be given a dental evaluation that includes an exam and dental and medical history. For those with ongoing medical conditions such as diabetes, blood tests will be required to determine whether or not you will be able to heal properly to withstand the implant process.

Each patient is evaluated and given a personalized treatment plan that fits their needs. To learn more about dental implants in Pasadena, CA, and to schedule an appointment with our professional team, call us today at 626-796-1241.



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Pasadena Dental Implants
175 S. El Molino, Suite 4
Pasadena, CA 91101
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