Few experiences are more traumatizing than losing a tooth, whether to a traumatic accident, bone loss, or prolonged decay. Fortunately, there are simple, safe, and effective ways to replace missing teeth. A good option is dental implants. We are proud to offer dental implants to our patients at In Motion Dentists in La Verne, California. We invite you to learn more about this treatment option, and to contact us directly with any additional questions.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost, broken, or extracted. Essentially an implant is a metal post that is surgically placed where a tooth is missing. This metal post serves as the root of the tooth and helps secure a crown in place. Implants can replace one tooth or multiple teeth via an implant supported bridge or an implant retained denture.

Through implants, patients can once again enjoy a mouth full of healthy teeth that look and feel completely natural. This is an ideal treatment options for full aesthetic and functional restoration.

We are pleased to provide dental implants to patients throughout the La Verne, CA community.


The Benefits of Getting Dental Implants

Tooth loss happens more often than you might think. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from this condition, often due to no fault of their own and basic tooth decay. Historically, the most popular options for replacing lost teeth have been dentures, or in some cases, dental bridges. For many patients, however, advanced dental implants actually provide a better option. Consider some of the primary benefits of implants:

  • Dental implants can be customized to fit your mouth, and to look and feel like your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants offer a secure, more permanent solution to tooth loss.
  • Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite foods without discomfort or pain.
  • Getting implants does not require the teeth to be shaved down, something that is often necessary with bridges.

How We Diagnose and Determine Candidates for Dental Implant Surgery

Before you receive dental implants, it is important to ensure you are an eligible candidate. Generally speaking, the ideal candidates for dental implants are dealing with some level of tooth loss but have healthy gums and are in good health overall. We will help determine your eligibility for implants during your initial consultation at In Motion Dentists.

Candidates for implants will:

  • Have sufficient bone density in the jaw, offering maximum support for the implant.
  • Not have any untreated gum disease or other periodontal conditions.
  • Practice good oral hygiene, and stay up to date with dental cleanings.
  • Be a non-smoker, or else be willing to drop their smoking habit.
  • Be willing to meet with their dentist to set realistic expectations for their procedure.

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In Motion Dentists has been serving patients since 2014. In that time, we have developed a reputation not only for our dental knowledge but also for our friendly, attentive patient care. Our entire staff is well-trained in promoting patient comfort and wellbeing. We welcome you to meet the In Motion Dentists team.


What Type of Prostheses are Used with Implants?

A dental implant is essentially is a metal post that is surgically placed and functions as a root of tooth. On top of the metal post, your dentist will attach a dental prosthesis, which depending on your case may be a crown, bridge, or even a full denture.

A Crown

Crowns are essentially caps made to fit over the top of an existing tooth. Crowns may also be placed on top of implants. They are made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth, allowing for functional and aesthetic restoration. Crowns are usually the ideal option for replacing a small number of teeth.

Fixed Dental Bridge

Fixed bridges are composed crowns that are seated on existing teeth or implants and pontics which replace the missing teeth. Bridges can be placed on top of dental implants, and are often the great option for replacing several missing teeth. Bridges, too, replicate the natural look and feel of your teeth.

Implant Retained Denture

For patients experiencing more serious tooth loss, a partial or complete dental arch might be needed. Depending on the location of the tooth loss, patients can get a dental arch for their upper teeth or their lower teeth. When anchored by implants, dentures are sturdy, stable, permanent fixtures, ensuring maximum comfort and ease.


What are the Costs Involved for Dental Implants in the Los Angeles, CA Area?

One of the most common questions we receive about dental implants: How much is it going to cost? Our goal is to be as transparent and up front with the cost of all our procedures so there are minimal to no surprises. The cost of implants can vary, depending on a number of factors. For example, the total number of implants you need will be determinative. Additionally, the type of prosthesis you require (a single crown, a full dental arch, etc.) will impact the price. And, in some cases, patients may need some additional dental services, such as treatment for gum disease, before they can get their implants.

The best way to get an individualized quote is to join us in La Verne, California for a consultation.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Implants?

Related to the question of cost is the question of insurance. Because implants can be a medical necessity, both to replace lost teeth and to prevent further decay, some insurance companies may help cover the cost. However, it is important to check the specifics of your insurance policy. For those without good dental insurance, In Motion Dentists offers affordable pricing and flexible financing options.


The Dental Implants Process

What should you expect from the dental implants process at In Motion Dentists? The specifics may vary, depending on your particular dental needs. What follows are some general guidelines.

How Long are the Procedures and How Many Can Be Expected?

Usually, the process of getting implants will encompass at least three appointments. The first will be a consultation, allowing the dentist to determine if you are an eligible candidate for implants. The second appointment is outpatient surgery, where your surgeon will surgically place the metal post that is needed to hold the crown. For a single implant, this may take just half an hour; more complex situations may require three to four hours. Once the implant has healed, you will have 1-2 appointment to have the crown, bridge, or dentures impressed and placed.

Initial Appointments, Scan, and Custom Treatment Planning

During your initial consultation, the dentist will evaluate your teeth and decide if you are a good candidate for implants. This will usually involve a full wellness scan, which helps determine that you are not dealing with underlying gum issues. During this appointment, your dentist will also provide you with a road map for the remainder of your treatment.

The Surgical Placement of the Implant

For the dental implant surgery, you will either be put under with anesthesia or else given a simple, localized numbing agent. The dentist will then make an incision to your gum, exposing the bone beneath. This is where your implant will go. A space will be prepared and the implant placed. Your dentist will then place the implant and make sure it is steady and secure. The gums are then stitched around the implant.

The Placement of the Tooth Prosthetic

It may take a couple weeks for the gums to fully heal and 4-6 months months for the implant to integrate with the bone. Once the healing has taken place, you will return to In Motion Dentists to have the prosthetic piece attached. This is done using an abutment, which is a connective piece placed at the top of the implant. Before you leave from this appointment, your dentist will make certain that the implant and prosthesis are secure, and that they look the way they are supposed to.

Follow-Up Appointments

You can anticipate returning to your dentist for a follow-up appointment or two, which will be vital for ensuring that your implants are working properly, that the implant has fully healed, and that you feel completely satisfied with the results of your dental implant surgery. Of course, you can also call the office any time you have pressing questions or concerns.


How Do I Know if Dental Implants are Right for Me?

How can you be sure that you are a good candidate for dental implants? First, if you have lost teeth or are about to lose teeth, you should talk with your dentist about implants. And, if you are looking for a more comfortable and more permanent alternative to your dentures, you might consider getting dental implants. Ultimately, implants can be a great way to address tooth loss for anyone who practices good oral hygiene and who seeks natural-looking results.


Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants have been around for decades, and they have been used to provide restorative care for countless patients. When performed by a trained and qualified dentist, they have an extremely high success rate. Complications are rare, and during your consultation, your dentist will explain them in greater detail, while also verifying that you are not in a high-risk group for these complications.

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Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?

Dental implant surgery can have some discomfort, but is generally limited to just a few days. To make sure you are as comfortable as possible, we will use a localized numbing agent. For patients with a high level of anxiety or with more complicated surgical needs, we may recommend full anesthesia. Either way, you will not feel pain during the surgery itself, though a little soreness can be expected when your surgery is through.

Anesthesia Options

When you join us in La Verne for an initial consultation, we will be happy to explain the different anesthesia options we offer at our practice.

IV Sedation

Some patients prefer to be “put under” for their procedure, something we can provide through IV sedation. This is an especially good option for those whose surgery will be more time-intensive.

Local Anesthesia

For many patients, especially those whose surgical needs are more modest in scope, local anesthesia is sufficient for a comfortable experience.


Implant Retained Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures: Which is Better?

Implant retained dentures are considered a more permanent and functional alternative to traditional dentures. They are sturdier and will not offer nearly as much impediment to your speech, chewing, and eating. With that said, there are some patients who prefer traditional dentures, whether because they are less expensive or simply because they are more familiar. When you join us at In Motion Dentists, we will be happy to outline all the treatment options available to you, walking you through the pros and cons of each.


Recovery from Post Dental Implant Surgery

Following your dental implant surgery, you will need to allow a little bit of time for your mouth to heal. Here are a few quick guidelines about the recovery process.

  • How Long Does it Take to Heal After Getting Dental Implants?

    It may take four to six months for the implants to fully heal. And, if you have any underlying conditions, the process could take longer. That may sound discouraging, but keep in mind that much of this healing is done “behind the scenes.” You will feel normal, though you will need to stay away from hard foods (like nuts), as well as hard-to-chew meats.

  • Pain Management After My Dental Implant Procedure

    Following your surgery, you will likely experience some mild to moderate discomfort and minor swelling. The vast majority of patients are able to mitigate this pain using simple over-the-counter pain relievers. If you do need a prescription pain management option, your dentist can provide one. Make sure you talk with your dentist in advance about pain management options.

  • How Long After Dental Implants Can I Eat Normally?

    Patients often want to know how long it will be before they can resume their normal diet. For the first 24 hours, we recommend sticking to soft foods and liquids. We would also advise staying away from hot foods and drinks for one week. And, we would caution against drinking from a straw. After a 5-7 days, you can start eating more normally, though we would still advise steering clear of anything hard, crunchy, or sticky.

  • How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

    So long as you practice basic oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, your actual implant should last you a lifetime. However, your crown, bridge, or denture may eventually need to be replaced. These prostheses can last anywhere from five years to 20, just depending on how well you take care of them.


La Verne’s Ideal Choice for In-Office and Mobile Dental Care

As you consider your options for replacing lost or broken teeth, get the guidance you need from a trained dental professional. In Motion Dentists is well-known for our dental aptitude, as well as our friendly, personable customer service. We would love to answer any questions you have about implants. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our office in La Verne, CA. We also offer mobile care to patients in Los Angeles County and surrounding Southern California areas, including Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.