Dental Implants

What are the Benefits of All-on-4?

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Since All-on-4 anchored dentures are fixed into place by four surgically implanted titanium posts, patients who choose this innovative tooth replacement option benefit from a number of advantages. Compared to traditional dentures, All-on-4 eliminates slippage along the gum line as well as the need for messy pastes or adhesives. Each All-on-4 denture is secured to the jaw by four dental implants, and the results of this restorative dentistry technique are considered permanent, allowing you to eat, drink, smile, and speak with confidence.

All-on-4 anchored dentures are custom-made to fit comfortably and look natural. Like dental implants, anchored dentures do not need to be removed for cleaning; however, since dental implant candidates need to have sufficient jawbone density for the procedure, All-on-4 can serve as a good alternative for patients who are not eligible for a full set of dental implants. As an added advantage, All-on-4 anchored dentures are often a more cost-effective solution for replacing an entire row of teeth. Ultimately, patients who choose All-on-4 enjoy the stability, strength, and comfort dental implants can provide, while achieving a full, beautiful smile. To learn more about All-on-4 anchored dentures, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands today.

What is All-on-4?

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For patients missing a full row of teeth, All-on-4 implant supported dentures offer an innovative alternative to traditional dentures. All-on-4 anchored dentures use four strategically placed dental implants to secure each denture for increased comfort, strength, and stability. Replacing your missing teeth with these durable restorations can effectively reconstruct healthy dental form and function with long-lasting results.

The All-on-4 technique uses the same titanium posts that typically serve as artificial tooth roots for single dental implants. Rather than placing porcelain crown restorations on these posts, cosmetic dentist Kevin Sands, DDS will securely fasten your custom-made upper or lower denture to these four points to eliminate the need for denture adhesives. These titanium implants are surgically placed in the jaw and can eventually fuse to the jawbone, providing exceptional support and stability. For patients with diminished jawbone density, All-on-4 may also provide a more feasible alternative to a full set of single dental implants.

The All-on-4 procedure can typically be performed within the span of one day, instantly rejuvenating your smile with natural-looking results. Most patients are able to return to their normal routine the following day. For more information about All-on-4, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands.

Dental Implants vs. Fixed Dental Bridges

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Dental implants have become the most advanced option for replacing missing teeth with natural-looking results. While more traditional, fixed dental bridges can adequately replace a missing tooth or a series of teeth, dental implants offer several important advantages to consider before deciding which method is best for you.

With dental implants, the porcelain restoration crowns are supported independently of the surrounding teeth by a titanium implant, which is fused with the jawbone. Healthy adjacent teeth do not need to be prepared for crowns (as they do during the placement of fixed dental bridges), which preserves the teeth and prevents weakening. Furthermore, pressure placed on the dental implant during chewing stimulates jawbone growth that prevents problematic bone loss. With proper care and daily maintenance, durable dental implants can outlast dental bridges, providing value long into the future.

In some cases, patients are not good candidates for dental implants, and for those individuals dental bridges may provide the the most suitable method for tooth replacement. It is important to undergo a thorough dental examination and evaluation with our dentist, Kevin Sands, DDS, to determine which restoration option will deliver the best results for you. Whichever method is selected, Dr. Sands will create a customized tooth replacement plan tailored to your needs and goals.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

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Implant dentistry can provide a functional, long-lasting solution for individuals missing a single tooth or several teeth. Whether you have lost teeth due to decay, trauma, gum disease, or other reasons, dental implants may be a viable option for replacing teeth with results that can look and feel natural.

The first step in finding out if dental implants are right for you is attending a consultation with our dentist Kevin Sands, DDS. Dr. Sands will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. During your exam, Dr. Sands will be evaluating the following aspects of your dental and oral health:

  • Are your gums healthy enough? Healthy gums are important for proper healing and to prevent the spread of gum disease during implantation. If necessary, periodontal treatments can be performed to improve your gum health.
  • Do you have adequate jaw bone density to support a dental implant? The titanium implant post must be supported by strong jawbone tissue to provide proper stability and lasting results.

Dr. Sands will also ask several questions about your physical health and medical history. It is important that you are in good overall health and have the capacity for proper healing after oral surgery. Good candidates for dental implants typically go on to enjoy exceptional results from their dental implant restorations. Most patients report that their dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
For more information about implant dentistry, we invite you to browse through answers to common questions about dental implants.

Minimally-Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options

minimalIn our last blog entry, we talked about the importance of early detection for minimally-invasive dental treatment. Today, we’ll discuss some of the many treatments available that can conserve as much of your original tooth structure as possible in order to create beautiful, natural-looking results.

Our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Kevin Sands, DDS, makes cosmetic dental treatment the cornerstone of his practice. With his many years of experience and the use of advanced techniques, he focuses on performing minimally-invasive dentistry whenever he can. Patients can benefit from Dr. Sands’ conservative approach with procedures such as:

Porcelain Veneers, Composite Veneers, Prepless Veneers

In all of Dr. Sands’ dental veneer procedures – including porcelain veneers, composite veneers, and prepless veneers – he works diligently to preserve most, if not all, of the natural tooth without the need for excessive shaving or partial removal of the affected tooth’s original structure.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

While the original tooth will need to be prepared for a cosmetic bonding procedure, Dr. Sands aims to conserve as much of it as possible so that the bonding material can augment its appearance and resolve the initial problem with a very natural-looking blend and contour.

Dental Implants

Dental implants actually make it possible to offer a more conservative missing teeth replacement solution when compared to alternative treatment options. With a procedure such as a dental bridge, the natural surrounding teeth must often be shaved and reshaped to accommodate the artificial tooth or teeth between them. This could make the natural teeth more likely to require root canal therapy in the future. Dental implants do not typically necessitate the alteration of surrounding teeth, and they offer a permanent solution for teeth replacement.

Inlays and Onlays

These treatments can sometimes serve as an alternative to dental crowns. Whereas crowns require significant removal of the original tooth structure, treatment with inlays and onlays often require much less. While heavily damaged or decayed teeth may need a full crown for the best results, inlays and onlays may be a suitable treatment for patients with less severe damage.

These are just a few examples of treatments that can be performed with a minimally-invasive approach. Conservative dental techniques can ultimately lead to much longer preservation of your original teeth, and less treatment needed to correct common imperfections and rejuvenate your smile!

Contact Dr. Kevin Sands

If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule an appointment here at our practice, please contact Dr. Kevin Sands.

Early Detection of Dental Problems can Mean Less Invasive Treatment

One of the best things about today’s cosmetic dentistry options is that many treatments can be performed without the need to change much of your original tooth structure. Conservative dentistry, or minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry, is very important to Dr. Kevin Sands. When a tooth has been heavily damaged by decay, normal wear-and-tear, or other causes, parts of it may need to be removed in order to accommodate a natural-looking, customized restoration. A conservative approach utilizing advanced treatment techniques allows Dr. Sands to help you maintain as much of your natural teeth as possible, even while performing procedures that have traditionally required the grinding down or alteration of the tooth being treated – and early detection of dental problems can go a long way toward ensuring that a conservative treatment approach can still be applied.

Minimally-invasive dentistry not only makes it possible for Dr. Sands to preserve much of your natural tooth structure – it also means that you’ll ultimately need less treatment to restore and rejuvenate the affected tooth. By coming in for regular dental exams and cleanings (at least two per year is recommended), problems can be identified quickly. Decay, cavities, teeth that have become worn down, and many other issues can be addressed before they get much worse. Once heavy damage has set in, it reduces the chance that minimally-invasive treatment can be performed, and makes it more likely that larger portions of the original tooth will need to be removed to accommodate a restoration that will improve its strength and appearance.

Dr. Sands focuses on providing patients with minimally-invasive treatment techniques as much as possible – even with cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and many others. Remember, early detection is vital to preserve the health and durability of your original teeth and allow Dr. Sands to renew your smile with conservative dental treatment and results that look and feel natural!

Be sure to check out the next blog in our series on minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry. We’ll be talking about some of the conservative treatment options that can fix common dental imperfections and beautifully rejuvenate the appearance of your teeth.

Contact Dr. Kevin Sands

If you would like more information on minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Kevin Sands today.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implants offer an advanced alternative to dentures that can replace missing teeth with permanent results that look and feel natural. Dental implant restorations are custom-designed for the best possible fit. Among many other benefits of dental implants, they are able to restore both form and function to your teeth, making it easier for you to eat and speak properly. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, can develop a suitable dental implant treatment plan according to your specific needs.

For dental implant procedures, you will undergo a comprehensive oral evaluation during your first consultation with Dr. Sands. Ultimately, the total cost of the procedure will depend on the number of dental implants to meet your needs, your procedure’s complexity, and many other important factors. After your initial evaluation, Dr. Sands will be able to estimate the price of your overall dental implant treatment. We can also work with your insurance company to determine how much coverage may be offered for the procedure. One of our team members will be happy to assist you if you have questions. For your convenience, our practice provides a variety of payment options.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands, please contact our office today.

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What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants can beautifully renew your smile and restore both form and function to your teeth, especially since they are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth. Our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, offers this advanced dental restoration procedure to patients with a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Benefits of dental implants include:

No special maintenance is required other than normal brushing and flossing
You can regain a beautiful, vibrant smile with no gaps or misalignment due to missing teeth
They can improve your ability to speak and eat
They blend in with surrounding teeth
They are designed to become permanent fixtures in your mouth, similar to your natural teeth
They do not move or slip along the gumline
They are more comfortable and convenient than dentures since you don’t have to worry about losing them or applying dental adhesives
They are custom-designed for the most natural fit and appearance

For more information about dental implants, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands to see if you are a candidate, contact our office today. Also, keep an eye on our blog for the second part in our series discussing the benefits of dental implants.

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