We complete your smile, restore your confidence and health with modern tooth replacement (dental implants)!
So much of how you feel about yourself and how you feel in general is rooted in your smile’s structure, function, health, and appearance. And nothing mars the aesthetics and functionality of the smile quite like tooth loss. Fortunately, Serene Dentistry Ventura in Ventura, California, can rebuild your smile and quality of life by replacing irreparably damaged or previously missing teeth. Our dentist, Dr. Klara Efner, looks forward to discussing your many options for treatment. Together with some of the area’s top Oral Surgeon and Periodontist specialists, where appropriate, Dr. Efner offers full-service dental implant treatment – from planning and surgical placement to restorative care and follow-ups to maintain your complete, beautiful smile.
Get to know dental implants
Implants are lauded for their natural appearance, feel, strength, and durability. They provide superior form and function due to their design and longevity. Implants are designed like natural teeth. They function like tooth roots. The implant is made from a biocompatible material, such as titanium or zirconia. This material is formulated to naturally join (osseointegrate) to surrounding bony tissue. Once the implant has healed and integrated with the bone, it is connected to the replacement tooth (dental crown).
Since the implant and the overlaying crown are connected to the jawbone, this form of tooth replacement provides superior stability. Furthermore, the bone in the jaw stays strong too, because it continues to get stimulation from the chewing on the attached tooth replacement crown. This feature helps to prevent or to halt destructive bone loss. Bone resorption after losing teeth and not replacing them, is continuous and can alter everything from the shape and appearance of the face (as the tissues lose their underlying support) to the ability to chew and speak efficiently and properly. If the missing tooth is in the area that is visible when you smile, it can also alter your appearance and self-esteem. We understand this and are ready to work with you closely, by listening and taking into consideration your individual needs and desires, and offering tailored solutions that are right for you.
A single implant may be placed to support one new tooth. A few precisely-positioned implants if you’re missing more than one tooth, may hold a fixed bridge or removable denture in place. Thanks to modern dental technology and ongoing advancements in research and science, we are now able to restore a completely edentulous mouth (no teeth present) with four (or in some cases, more) strategically-placed implants. Even patients who were formerly told they were not good candidates for dental implants, can now benefit from them in most cases, thanks to advances in technology for planning, (such as use of 3-dimensional CT scans, intraoral digital scanning, and other highly predictable treatment planning modalities), as well as treatment execution, using variety of implant sizes, various sophisticated bone and soft tissue grafting techniques and collaboration with highly skilled and experienced oral surgeons and periodontal specialists, when necessary. Thus, today’s dental patients can overcome the challenges formerly presented by other comorbidities or by a lack of bone in the jaw to support the implant.
If all you see when you look in the mirror is that gap in your smile, call (805) 653-1599 to discuss your options for treatment with Dr. Efner. Our office is privileged to serve the needs of individuals who are missing a single or multiple teeth in Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Oak View, Ojay and surrounding areas of southern CA.
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.