Traditional Dentistry vs. State-of-the-Art Dental Implants

In the past, the solution to replace a missing tooth was either a bridge or a denture. Often, however, these restorations did not adequately replace the missing tooth in either function or appearance. Dentures and bridges can slip or break. More importantly, neither stops the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing. Zirconia implants are the most biologically safe type of tooth replacement.  For more information about our dental implants in Thousand Oaks and Malibu, please contact us!

How does the Jaw React to a Lost Tooth?

When a tooth is extracted or lost due to decay or injury, the bone that held the tooth in the jaw is no longer stimulated. When that happens, the bone stops growing and is reabsorbed into the body. The teeth surrounding the missing tooth begin to shift into the empty space, causing misalignment of neighboring teeth. This, in turn, leads to greater chances of tooth decay and gum disease. 

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What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth, enhancing appearance and confidence.
  • Improved Functionality: They allow for normal speech, eating, and chewing without discomfort or inconvenience.
  • Preservation of Oral Health: Unlike bridges, they don't require altering adjacent teeth, maintaining overall dental health.
  • Bone Preservation: Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.
  • Longevity: With proper care, implants can last a lifetime, offering a durable and cost-effective solution.
  • Enhanced Self-Esteem: Restoration of a full set of teeth can boost confidence and self-esteem.
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Advanced Education Means Superior Results.

Dr. Albert Chow at ModelSmile Dentistry has a rare achievement. He is a “Master of the Academy of General Dentistry,” (MAGD), a designation held by only 2 percent of dentists in the country. Beyond an exceptional level of training and experience, including in the art of dental implants, he is a Certified Naturopath. His approach to dental implants is to perform restorations that will enhance your overall health. Should you need bone grafting, you can expect treatment that is performed with state-of-the-art techniques and technologies.

Types of Dental Implants

Dental implant technology has radically improved the dental arts, and the technology continues to advance. Dr. Chow stays at the leading edge in the latest developments in technology, and offers state-of-the-art dental implants in Thousand Oaks, including:

  • Single tooth replacement
  • Full arch replacement (all on four, all on six)
  • Implants replacement for several lost or damaged teeth
  • Full mouth restorations

Zirconia Dental Implants

 Many patients have concerns about dental implants and are seeking the alternative of metal-free implants. Dr. Chow offers zirconia dental implants to his patients. Zirconia, or chemically, “Zirconia-dioxide,” is derived from the element zircon. These implants are bio-inert – the substance cannot trigger a chemical reaction and does not migrate to other areas of the body. These implants are hypoallergenic, corrosion resistant, strong, and are known to integrate with the bone beautifully. The product has a very smooth surface, and has no metallic taste, which some patients notice.

Long-Lasting, Affordable Dental Implants

Implants are the modern method of replacing missing teeth. Thousand Oaks and Malibu dental implants dentist, Dr. Chow, places the “implant,” the replacement for the original tooth root, into the jaw. The post acts as the tooth root and keeps the bone and soft tissues stimulated. An abutment is attached to the top of the post, and a custom crown secured to the abutment. The result is a very strong, natural looking replacement tooth that can last a lifetime. It also can withstand the normal chewing actions of natural teeth (you can eat anything!), and they don’t slip.

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Integrative Dentistry and Dental Implants

At ModelSmile Dentistry, we practice integrative dentistry. This is a whole-body health approach to every procedure, including dental implants. Zirconia is inert, has no taste, and leads to a faster healing time, as unlike metal, it doesn’t transfer heat to the gum tissues. These implants are a gleaming white color, and won’t affect the color of your gums, an aesthetic advantage.

In Dental ImplantsPrecision Matters Most

The placement of the implant is of critical importance in the success of a dental implant. When under the care of Dr. Chow, you can expect extreme precision in placement. The goal is to ensure your new tooth is perfectly aligned with your natural teeth, and functions perfectly for years into the future.

For a simple solution to missing teeth, look no further than ModelSmile Dentistry, where you will find the best dental implant dentist Malibu has available. For implants with biologically safe materials, and beautiful results, we are proud of a reputation for achieving exceptional results.

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

Most people can get a dental implant without any problems. Being a top Thousand Oaks dentist, Dr. Chow, will conduct a very thorough examination to be sure you are a candidate. Sometimes a person does not have enough bone to hold an implant properly and may need a bone graft or bone augmentation prior to placing the implant.

Other Options For Tooth Restoration

More rarely, a medical condition may prevent someone from being safe to undergo the implant procedure. If you are healthy enough to undertake a tooth extraction, you most likely will easily be able to receive an implant. If not, Dr. Chow offers other types of tooth restorations, and will help you restore your smile with the safest procedure for you.

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What Should I Expect from My Dental Implant Procedure?

There are three basic steps to getting an implant:

  • Examination to determine if the bone in the jaw is sufficient. If so, a post is inserted into the jawbone. The post will, over time, integrate into the surrounding bone, a process called osseointegration. This may require a few months before the post is fully integrated, sturdy, and ready for the second step.
  • Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment (the piece serving as the base of the(crown) will then be placed on top of the post. This abutment extends above the gum line. A temporary crown that matches your surrounding teeth will then applied to the abutment.
  • A final, custom crown made in a lab to take the place of the temporary crown. It is cemented to the abutment. This final crown, made of high-grade porcelain, will look and act just like a natural tooth. Now you have a strong, beautiful tooth replacement that typically lasts a lifetime!

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Integrative Dentistry and Dental Implants

ModelSmile Dentistry is an integrative dentistry practice. Founded by Dr. Albert Chow, who is both a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Certified Naturopath, you will be in the hands of a professional who is committed to delivering biologically-safe dental restorations, including zirconia implants. Every procedure is performed with precision and a dedication to protecting your health.

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Regain a Beautiful, Healthy Mouth and Smile with Implants

Dr. Chow and his staff are dedicated to providing every patient the highest quality dental care possible. His diligent and careful mastery of the dental arts enable him to provide some of the best dental implants in Thousand Oaks and Malibu. The entire staff works hard to make sure you are comfortable during any procedure, and their caring, supportive care will help feel calm and relaxed throughout the procedure.

To find out more about dental implants at ModelSmile Dentistry, connect with our friendly, helpful staff and schedule an appointment. Our approach is personalized to address your unique needs, and we pride ourselves on offering biologically safe techniques for dental implants. Your health matters to us. Call today.

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