Dental Implants Specialist

George B. Apelian, DDS -  - Implant Dentistry

Hilltop Dental

George B. Apelian, DDS

Implant Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Agoura Hills, CA

If you’re missing teeth in your smile, you should consider getting dental implants with George B. Apelian, DDS, at Hilltop Dental in Agoura Hills, California. Dr. Apelian is a dental implant expert who participated in implantology research programs during his dental residency and has been placing implants since 1990. With dental implants, Dr. Apelian can improve your oral health and restore your confidence in your smile by making it whole again. Get started today and schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone and function as artificial tooth roots. 

Because titanium is one of the most biocompatible substances for the human body, your jawbone doesn’t recognize it as a foreign substance, enabling your implant to actually fuse with your bone as you heal from the surgery.

What are dental implants used for?

Once your implant fuses with your jawbone, it serves as a strong and sturdy foundation on top of which Dr. Apelian at Hilltop Dental can install a beautiful restoration. 

Implants can support a wide variety of restorations, including:

  • Single tooth replacements, like crowns
  • Multiple tooth replacements, like bridges
  • Permanent dentures
  • Fixed dentures

Dental implants can also be used for a revolutionary new technology called All-On-Four® Implants, which uses only four strategically placed implants to replace and hold in place an entire arch of teeth in your mouth.

Why do I need to replace my missing teeth?

Besides the cosmetic concerns of unsightly holes in your smile, missing teeth can actually do a significant amount of damage to your oral health.

The space in your smile left by a missing tooth can cause your remaining natural teeth to shift out of alignment, as they gradually shift to fill in the empty space. 

This shifting can throw off the proper alignment of your bite, which can lead to excessive wear and tear on your remaining teeth and jaw complications like TMJ disorder.

Missing teeth also lead to bone loss in your jaw. Your tooth roots naturally provide a certain amount of stimulation to your jawbone, which keeps the bone healthy and intact. 

When your teeth are no longer there to stimulate your jawbone, the bone tissue eventually deteriorates, which causes the muscles of your face to sag and give you a “sunken-in” appearance.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The biggest benefit of dental implants is that they replace missing teeth and make your smile whole again, improving both its appearance and function.

Implants have a number of advantages over other restorative options as well, like:

  • More comfortable and natural-feeling
  • Don’t require reducing enamel on neighboring teeth
  • Easier to eat with

Dental implants also boast a 95% success rate, and with regular dental checkups and good at-home care, your dental implants can last a lifetime.

To learn more about how dental implants can improve your smile and oral health, schedule an appointment with Hilltop Dental dental. You can book your visit by phone or online.

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