Dental Implants

Serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Newhall, Saugus, and San Fernando Valley, California

If you are missing one or more teeth, replacing them is more than a cosmetic issue. It's true that a missing tooth is the most bothersome cosmetic problem that will keep people from showing off their smile, but a missing tooth is also a serious issue for your dental health. The gap created by a missing tooth allows your teeth to drift out of place, which can affect your bite, leading to TMJ and other far-reaching problems. Your remaining teeth can be subjected to additional stress and wear, leading to breakage. Without the support of a tooth, your gums can collapse, the bone in your jaw shrink, and you may lose other teeth.

Fortunately, there are many options for replacing a missing tooth. Dental implants are the best option for most people, and may be the right solution for your missing tooth. This page gives basic information about dental implants, but the best way to know what is your best option is through a personal consultation with an experienced implant dentist like Dr. Joel Miller. To talk to Dr. Miller, please schedule a consultation at Aesthetic Dentistry of Valencia.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a way to replace an entire missing tooth, including the root. Other tooth replacement options, like dental bridges and dentures replace only the visible part of the tooth.

A dental implant consists of three parts: the actual implant, which is anchored in the jawbone and replaces the tooth root, a special dental crown that replaces the visible portion of the tooth, and an abutment that connects the implant and crown.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best option available for replacing a missing tooth, in most cases. They are a tremendous advance in the field of dentistry and offer many benefits:

  • Look and function more like your natural teeth
  • Help you chew and speak normally, unlike dentures that can affect your speech and diet
  • More comfortable than dental bridges or dentures
  • Will not slip like dentures
  • Do not require modification of neighboring teeth
  • Can be cleaned the same as normal teeth
  • Stimulate your jaw and gums to keep them healthy
  • Last longer than dentures or bridges
  • Are cost-effective in the long term
  • Can help prevent or remedy malocclusion that contributes to TMJ

For these reasons, most people will choose dental implants over any other restoration option. Satisfaction with dental implants is very high. People who have had one implant will get a second without hesitation if they lose another tooth.

Can I Get a Dental Implant?

Most people are good candidates for dental implants. The ideal candidate for dental implants:

  • Has one or more missing teeth
  • Has good overall oral health
  • Has good bone density for supporting the implant
  • Does not have health conditions that may affect bone healing
  • Understands the dental implant process and has reasonable expectations

During your examination, Dr. Miller will evaluate your oral health and talk to you about factors that affect your candidacy for dental implants. If you do not meet all the above conditions, you are not necessarily disqualified from getting a dental implant, but you may require additional treatments such as periodontal therapy or a bone graft before getting your implant. Learning what to expect from implant dentistry will help you understand these additional treatments.

Why Aesthetic Dentistry of Valencia for Your Dental Implant

One thing that sets Dr. Joel Miller apart from many other cosmetic dentists is that, while many dentists will refer you to a specialist, Dr. Miller is qualified to perform the entire implant procedure. Because Dr. Miller is in charge of the entire process, he can take all phases into account to ensure they work harmoniously together. In addition, he has experience and advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, and he runs his practice with an emphasis on kindness, comfort, and compassion to ensure you get the treatment you deserve.

When trying to select an implant dentist for your dental implant procedure, learn more by reading Questions for Your Implant Dentist.

Dr. Joel Miller has been recognized by his peers as a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.  The International Congress of Oral Implantologists is the largest dental implant organization in the world, providing continuing education and certification programs to dentists.

To learn more about dental implants and Dr. Miller, please call or email Aesthetic Dentistry of Valencia today to schedule your FREE initial consultation. We proudly serve dental patients in Valencia, Santa Clarita, Newhall, Saugus and San Fernando areas.