Meet Wade Banner, DMD
Dr. Wade Banner has a passion for providing high-quality and compassionate dental services to his Los Angeles and Orange County patients. Outside of mobile dentist clinical practice, Dr. Banner is involved in numerous professional organizations, including:
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association (On the Committee for Volunteer Placement)
- Special Care Dentistry Association
- Tri-County Dental Society
Meet Andrew Peterson, DMD, MS
Dr. Andrew Peterson is a board-certified periodontal surgeon with experience in a wide variety of periodontal regenerative therapies and implantology. Dr. Peterson holds accreditations including:
- Bachelor of Arts in biology from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, 2009
- Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Science from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, 2013 and 2017
- LANAP® (laser-assisted new attachment procedure) certified
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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 option for full aesthetic and functional restoration.
We are pleased to provide dental implants to patients throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County. Our La Verne location is ready to help the Southern California community rebuild their smiles.
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:
Best 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.
Dental 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.
How Are Implant Dentures Different From Regular Dentures?
A regular complete denture is a removable oral appliance that replaces all your missing teeth. The lower denture rests on your gums, and suction keeps an upper denture in place. Instead of resting on your gums, implant dentures attach to two to six dental implants anchored in your jawbone. A removable implant denture, also called snap-on dentures, can snap or clip onto dental implants for support while they are worn. These dentures are taken out and soaked while you sleep, just like traditional dentures. A fixed implant denture, on the other hand, screws onto implants. The dentures are basically permanent teeth at that point, brushed and flossed just like your original smile. They can only be removed by a dental health professional during a checkup.
Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Cost Of Dental Implants
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.
Real Patients. Real Experiences.
“Thank you so much!! Your professionalism was outstanding! It was an awesome experience and the quality of care and kindness was wonderful!”
“…I don’t like the dentist, it makes me uncomfortable but the folks that took care of me from In Motion did amazing, their vibe alone was like I was just chillin with some friends I’ve known for years. They’re very professional, made it incredibly easy and the price I was dealt was solid and fair for me, no complaint. I look forward to having them ruffle through my teeth again. I never thought I’d say it but I like my dentist team, thank you guys…”
“Knowing Dr. Wade for about 10 years now. Dr. Wade is a Great Dentist to have with professional care and love for dentistry.”
Take The Next Step – Schedule A Consultation!
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 Orange County.