Dr Kevin Ju has a profound passion for dental implants and has earned an esteemed Fellow status at International Congress of Oral Implantology (FICOI) and is highly qualified to place and restore dental implants. Many more dentists place dental implants these days, but understanding the foundation of implantology, biology, and physics, is lacking in many dentists. There are many details that must be seen in the mouth and on CT scans prior to placing an implant (and yes, CT scans for implants are needed most times; and we have the coveted Vatech CBCT, a brand named CT machine, to allow CT scans right on site at the office, instead of sending you elsewhere just for a scan). There are nuanced techniques that the dentist should know to properly treatment plan the case prior to placing an implant; and there are specifics a dentist must know to even properly place the crown on the dental implant, or it may damage the foundation around that implant! Dr Ju has taken countless courses, both formally and informally, and both locally and abroad, on anything related to the latest information on dental implantology. Dr Ju has a deep passion for dental implants.
“There are some people that shop for dental implants or other dental services, but please do yourself a favor and do not go with the cheapest guy. We are talking about a surgical procedure where you will receive a titanium prosthetic in your mouth! Price shop for tangible products like phones, shoes, etc, but not for professional services, especially for procedures in surgery, cosmetics, etc. With these and dental implants, you have to go with someone you trust, who knows what he’s doing, and who charges a reasonable fee. Even if you don’t get any work done at Hello Smile Dental, please do not go with cheap dental implant or other services.”
— Kevin Ju, DDS, FICOI
Many people are hesitant to smile because they’re missing one or more consecutive teeth, or some of their natural teeth are noticeably damaged. Those nagging smile imperfections can also cause chewing discomfort, speaking difficulties and even disrupt food digestion. If this describes you, one of the new ways to restore the esthetics and function of your damaged teeth are dental implants. At Hello Smile, dental implant is a safe and reliable procedure that we can perform right in our Simi Valley office.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a restoration that can be used to replace a missing tooth. When you are missing a tooth, it can be difficult to feel confident in your smile as well as eat your favorite foods. Implants work with your body and become an integral part of the underlying jaw bone. They replace both the upper and lower portion of a tooth that has been removed or has fallen out.
Why are Dental Implants needed?
Dental implants are typically needed if you are missing one or more teeth. A single implant can be placed to replace just one tooth. Multiple implants can be placed if you are missing several teeth. The implant itself can hold onto crowns, bridge work, and even a full set of dentures if needed. Implants can last for decades without showing signs of wear, so they are a permanent solution for those wanting a fuller and healthier smile.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
Dr. Ju can examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Most patients who want one or more implants can have them placed with ease. However, if you have bone loss issues in the area where the implants have to be placed, we will recommend a bone grafting prior to surgery. This builds up the bone in the area, ensuring that the implant has a stable and solid area to osseointegrate (fuse) over time.
What happens during the Dental Implant process?
The procedure will typically begin with a complete consultation. Dr. Ju will take x-rays and perform an exam to identify the proper location for the new implants. The procedure will involve administering local or general anesthetic of your choice. An incision is made through the gums. The implant itself, which is normally made of titanium, is inserted deep into the bone. Over the course of a few short months, the implant osseointegrates (fuses) with the bone and becomes a part of your body. We can then make a restoration, like a crown or bridge, for the new implant.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they work, call our office today and our friendly staff members can get you in for a convenient appointment. Our superior customer service and extended hours make it easy to schedule an appointment.