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If you have missing teeth, traditional dentures are not your only option. In fact, a much more natural-looking and feeling dental procedure can replace missing teeth for a better aesthetic and improved chewing and speaking – and the best part is, it’s often permanent. Dental implants from our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist can replace what you have lost with incredible functionality and results that both look and feel like natural teeth.

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a fixed, long-term tooth replacement option that combines an implanted titanium post with an attached restoration to recreate a complete, functional tooth. As a sought-after dental restoration option, dental implants can produce natural-looking, durable results for one or more missing teeth.

Tooth loss can be caused by a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Decay and/or damage
  • Dental injury
  • Gum disease
  • Congenital oral conditions

No matter the cause of the tooth loss, dental implants can offer long-lasting tooth replacement. Unlike removable tooth replacement options, dental implants can deliver unparalleled security and stability, which reduces the risk of gum irritation and eliminates slipping. A full smile achieved with dental implants can improve quality of life and self-confidence when smiling, talking, chewing, and speaking. For optimal results, all dental implants are highly customized according to the specific needs of each patient and designed to fuse permanently with the jawbone.


What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a restorative solution that can repair the appearance and functionality of a patient’s teeth. The durable and secure implants are built to act as long-lasting, natural-looking replacements for missing teeth. Additionally, by preserving jawbone integrity, dental implants can contribute to strong overall oral health.

Potential benefits also include:

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Candidates for dental implants may have a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. Since the implanted titanium post must fuse to the jawbone, ideal candidates for dental implants need to have sufficient jawbone density for support. Candidates will also be in good overall health and have healthy gum tissue. During the initial consultation, Dr. Sands will perform a comprehensive oral exam and determine if dental implants could be the right option for you. Some patients with inadequate jawbone density may have the option to undergo a bone grafting procedure to add healthy jawbone volume.


What Are My Dental Implant Options?

Dental implant options may vary from patient to patient depending on how many teeth need replacement, the location of the missing teeth, and the patient’s jawbone density. At our practice, we offer the following types of dental implants:

Single Tooth Implants

Designed to replace one tooth, a single tooth implant can restore the structure and functionality of a natural tooth with a titanium post and porcelain crown. The treatment can also replace multiple individual teeth. Patients can typically brush, floss, and eat normally after the procedure to maintain good dental hygiene. As an additional benefit, the implant restoration is custom-designed and color-matched to blend beautifully and effectively with the surrounding natural teeth.

Multiple Teeth Dental Implants

Implant-secured dental bridges or partial dentures can address multiple missing adjacent teeth as a secure alternative to a removable or fixed bridge. By bridging the gap of missing teeth with the security of dental implants, the technique can restore the appearance of one’s smile. This approach consistently provides natural-looking results. Dental implants may be supported with two to six titanium posts, depending on the number of missing teeth and the patient’s jawbone density.

Implant Dentures

If a patient requires an entire row of teeth to be replaced, implant dentures may be the preferred solution. Also known as anchored dentures, implant-supported dentures are a popular alternative to traditional dentures and are designed to be stabilized by strategically placed dental implants. With the All-on-4® method, four implants are utilized, with two at the front of the mouth placed on either side and two towards the back. Some patients may require six (All-on-6) or eight dental implants for additional support. This approach may be used if the upper and/or lower arch(es) need to be replaced. If both arches are replaced at the same time, the treatment is typically known as a full mouth restoration.

What Happens During the Dental Implant Procedure?

During the consultation process, Dr. Kevin Sands will perform an oral examination and discuss your dental implant goals. Using our advanced Planmeca ProMax® 3D imaging technology, he can capture dynamic images of your mouth to facilitate doctor-patient communication and begin the planning process for the dental implant procedure. These images offer a comprehensive view of the mouth that allows you to thoroughly understand the treatment approach and results you can expect.

The dental implant procedure is designed to improve the appearance of your smile and restore full function of your bite. Typically, the process takes place in two stages, the surgical procedure followed by placement of the finished restoration. First, a thin titanium rod is carefully inserted and anchored into the jawbone in the area of the missing tooth. This implanted rod serves as an artificial root for the replacement tooth, keeping the dental crown securely in place. In order for this stage to be successful, patients must possess adequate jawbone density and normal healing capabilities. For patients with minimal jawbone density, a bone graft may be performed prior to the implant stage to provide a more stable foundation.

Around three to six months after implantation, the titanium rod should fuse with the jaw and become a permanent part of your mouth. During this healing period, a temporary crown can be worn to fill the space of the missing tooth. When the rod is determined to be anchored and healed, Dr. Sands can attach a custom restoration that is designed to blend naturally with your surrounding teeth. These crowns are created using digital imprints from the Planmeca ProMax® 3D system for a precise, comfortable fit.

What Results Can I Expect with Dental Implants?

The result of your implant procedure can be a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth. Your dental implant can not only enhance the beauty of your smile but improve your ability to chew and speak confidently as well. Your dental implants will be designed to achieve a perfect fit and maximum stability, making it a more comfortable alternative compared to other tooth replacement options. No special cleaning or treatments are required to maintain dental implants, and patients can brush and floss as usual. After some time, many patients forget that they have a replacement tooth at all.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

While the dental implant post is designed to remain intact for a lifetime, implant restorations (i.e. crowns, bridges, and dentures) made from high-quality materials typically last at least 15 years, often even decades, with proper care. Practicing good dental hygiene (brushing and flossing twice daily), undergoing professional cleanings/examinations every six months, and protecting your restorations with a mouthguard if you clench/grind your teeth at night or play contact sports can all help keep your dental implants in great shape long-term.

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Are There Alternatives to Dental Implants?

For qualified candidates, dental implants are widely considered the most functional, reliable, and natural-looking method of tooth replacement. Unfortunately, not everyone is well-suited for dental implants and may need to consider other alternatives for replacing missing teeth:

Dental Bridges

Bridges are custom-designed to replace one or more (adjacent) missing teeth. A dental bridge features a row of fused tooth restorations to fill the gap and can either be a removable prosthetic or fixed in place by two crowns.


A partial denture is a removable prosthetic device that is custom-designed to replace multiple missing teeth (adjacent and non-adjacent) throughout the upper or lower jaw. Typically, the tooth restorations are attached to a resin base that is tinted to match the color of your natural gums. The partial fits snugly in place and may use small clasps for added stability.


When an entire arch of teeth is missing, a full, removable denture can provide a natural-looking replacement for all the upper or lower teeth. A denture is one piece, usually a resin base with a full arch of prosthetic teeth attached. Dentures are customized to fit over the gums and remain in place with the help of suction and/or adhesives.

When the dental implants you want are not a possibility due to health complications, bone density concerns, or other compromising conditions, Dr. Sands can help you explore the next available options for completing your smile.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dentures are a customized restorative dental treatment that can address multiple missing teeth, or even a full row of missing teeth. Typically a little more cost-effective than dental implants, dentures are positioned comfortably on top of the gums. While many have pursued dentures to fix oral problems, there are drawbacks to this method that do not apply to dental implants. For example, if dentures do not fit properly, a dental paste or adhesive is needed to keep them in place. Patients may also need to watch what they eat, as certain foods may dislodge traditional dentures. Dental implants, on the other hand, are a more innovative approach to missing teeth. The treatment offers added tooth replacement security because of the anchoring technique and can preserve the jawbone’s integrity. Choosing between the two options is usually just a matter of personal preference and individual needs.

Dental Implants vs. Bridges

Dental bridges can fill the gap(s) left by a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Much like a structural bridge, the method connects the new tooth to the adjacent teeth for a secure fit. Dental bridges can be implemented without surgery and may be a good short-term solution for tooth replacement. While dental implants do require surgery, they are known to be a little more durable than other restorative processes and don’t require the surrounding teeth to be modified. Additionally, some types of dental bridges can move slightly when you chew, while implants are designed to remain more securely in place.

How Do I Choose the Best Implant Dentist for Me?

When you select an implant dentist, you want to be sure that he or she has the proper training, credentials, and experience to perform the procedure successfully. Doing research online and getting recommendations from friends can be helpful, but be sure to follow up with a call to the practice and/or a consultation so you can ask questions, examine before-and-after photos, meet the dentist, and learn everything you can upfront.

At our practice, Dr. Sands works together with top dental implant specialists who uphold the same commitment to excellence as he does. In this team approach, Dr. Sands uses his aesthetic expertise to design and place high-quality implant restorations, while the surgical implantation of the posts is performed by the most appropriate specialist for your unique treatment needs. Utilizing the advanced surgical skill of an implant specialist helps keep patient’s treatment plan options broad, implant success rates high, and the potential for complications low. Best of all, the team approach offers Dr. Sands uninterrupted focus on what he does best: create beautiful smiles.

If you are considering dental implants and looking for a superior team that combines the highest-quality aesthetics with outstanding surgical care, we encourage you to contact the practice of Dr. Sands for a consultation.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implants serve as permanent replacement teeth, and consequently, our patients frequently consider the procedure to be an investment in the future of their smile. The cost of dental implants is more than traditional bridges or dentures, but our patients have found the long-term benefits to be well worth it.

Since each dental implant treatment plan is custom-tailored to the unique needs of the patient, there is no set price for the procedure. The cost of dental implants takes into account a variety of variables, including: number of implants, location of implants, bone grafting needs, dentist fees, and the material used for the restorations. While a low price can be attractive, Dr. Sands recommends patients carefully research the credentials of prospective dentists, as their knowledge, experience, and aesthetic sensibilities can greatly impact the final result of the procedure.

At the end of your consultation, Dr. Sands will provide an exact price quote for your dental implant procedure.


Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?

Dental implants may or may not be covered by insurance. While the treatment is often considered an elective procedure, some plans may offer at least partial coverage due to its restorative nature. Our friendly staff can help you navigate your benefits package and complete any necessary paperwork. Dental implants are a worthy investment that can give you a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Q: Why are dental implants better than traditional dentures?

A: Although traditional dentures have certain benefits, those who have them can sometimes experience slippage, maintenance issues, and other problems. Dental implants are considered an improvement upon traditional dentures because of the flexibility and durability they offer. They are anchored into the jawbone, making them permanent replacements for missing teeth that act as though they are your own. They are custom-designed for the most accurate fit, and they become an actual part of your mouth, just like a natural tooth. This can improve chewing, speaking, and the overall appearance of your teeth. Ultimately, the overall functionality of dental implants is a significant upgrade from dentures.

Q: Are dental implants safe?

A: Dental implants are considered to be a safe procedure among dentists around the world. When being performed by an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Sands, any potential risks can be mitigated. While patients will experience some form of soreness following their procedure, any minor side effects should subside within days or weeks of the treatment.

Q: How long does dental implant surgery take?

A: The duration of the surgical portion of the dental implant process can vary depending on several factors, including the number of implants being placed, the complexity of the case, and the patient’s overall oral health. On average, a single dental implant surgery can take approximately one to two hours. This includes the preparation of the site, the placement of the implant, and any necessary suturing. If multiple implants are being placed or additional procedures (e.g., bone grafting) are required, the surgery time may be longer.

Q: How long does recovery from dental implant surgery take?

A: The recovery time after dental implant surgery depends on individual factors and the extent of the procedure. The initial healing phase lasts about one to two weeks, while it can take three to six months for the implant to fuse with your jawbone. Throughout your entire recovery, it is imperative that you closely follow Dr. Sands’ aftercare instructions.

Q: Do dental implants hurt?

A: Patients will likely undergo some form of anesthesia and should not feel any pain during the procedure. Following the dental implant procedure, patients often experience some form of discomfort. Oftentimes, patients are prescribed medication to aid in recovery and reduce any soreness and pain. As mentioned above, potential discomfort is not permanent and should fade over time.

Q: How do I clean my dental implants?

A: Dental implants are fairly easy to clean, as they mimic the structure of your original teeth. Therefore, the cleaning method for them will mirror your regular routine. Brushing, flossing, and maintaining regular check-ups with your dentist for cleanings will be key in extending the longevity of your dental implants.

Q: What should I eat after getting dental implants?

A: To increase chances of proper recovery, it is important to follow a soft and nutritious diet during the initial healing phase after getting your implants. Safe foods for this time include bananas, oatmeal, yogurt, and steamed or boiled vegetables. If you are unsure which foods to incorporate into your post-operative diet, feel free to get in touch with Dr. Sands.

Q: Can I smoke after getting dental implants?

A: To optimize the success and longevity of your dental implants, Dr. Sands strongly advises you to refrain from smoking or using any tobacco products, as smoking can significantly impair the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Tobacco smoke contains harmful chemicals that can interfere with blood flow, delay the healing of tissues, and impair the integration of the implant with the jawbone. Smoking can also increase the likelihood of infection and implant failure. If you are a smoker, this may be an excellent opportunity to consider quitting for the sake of your oral and overall health.

Q: Can dental implants fail?

A: Generally, the overall success rate of dental implants is extremely high when the procedure is performed by a qualified oral surgeon or dentist. That said, there is always a small possibility of implant failure. Factors that can contribute to implant failure include poor oral hygiene, certain medical conditions, insufficient bone density, complications during the healing process, and – as mentioned above – smoking. Regular check-ups and proper oral care can help minimize the risk of implant failure.

Q: How successful are dental implants?

A: Dr. Sands is highly trained and experienced in producing optimal and successful results for patients who undergo dental implant treatment. Generally, the overall success rate of dental implants is extremely high when the procedure is performed by a qualified oral surgeon or dentist. Embracing new and innovative techniques and technology, our practice is able to provide the best possible materials, care, and treatment for our patients. To further ensure the lifetime of dental implants, it is important for patients to continue with checkups and proper oral hygiene.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for dental implants at our Beverly Hills practice, please contact Kevin B. Sands, DDS today!

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