About Dental Implants
Thanks to dental implants and modern dentistry, a variety of natural-looking cosmetic options are now possible, including Zimmer and Nobel Biocare implants that our skilled dentists at Emigh Dental Care use to produce beautiful, seamless results. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone. This placement allows for much needed strength and support for missing teeth, which allows for new teeth to be set. With dental implants, a single missing tooth or teeth have a strong foundation to secure a new tooth or teeth. Dental implants are durable, long-lasting, and easy to care for. If patients have a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, they can call Emigh Dental Care in Long Beach, CA today. Our dentists will be happy to work with everyone on transforming their smile with dental implants.
Single Tooth Implants
If patients are needing only a single tooth implanted, then our Emigh Dental team can meet their needs by inserting a stand-alone titanium post instead of multiple implants in the case of entire rows of teeth that are missing. The post will fit into the jawbone and will be topped with a crown or false tooth to round out the appearance for a natural look. Regardless of how many teeth are needing to be replaced, our Long Beach, CA office is still able to present a single, custom-made implant that blends in and creates a uniformed look for complete restoration of the smile. Downtime associated with having one implant performed is considerably less than in the case of having multiple implants, making it a an easier, quicker process for healing.
"Off the corner of Atherton and Bellflower. There is plenty of parking and site seeing! Super clean with the proper amenities for before and after you're visit. Friendly greeting staff and handsome Dentist. Beautiful and friendly hygienist. I give this place a 100%. I can't to check out their Los Alamitos location! ^_^ Seasons greetings Emigh family!"- M.E. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2016
"I didn't think I could love this office more, but I was wrong. My toddler's teeth had become suddenly and severely stained from a course of antibiotics. I brought him in for his first appointment to see if the staining could be polished away. He's not particularly cooperative with brushing at home (or with anything, for that matter!), so we had realistic expectations of how this cleaning would go. My son saw Dr Todd for this special appointment. Dr Todd was fantastic with my son. He explained everything that was going on and made it fun and silly. He connected with my son and tuned out everything else. It was amazing seeing my wriggly uncooperative toddler smile a huge smile and sit HAPPILY for his cleaning!We've been coming here for years and absolutely adore these people- Elaine and Crystal at the front desk, Drs Pat and Todd, and especially our beloved hygienist Tammy. This is a class act. You won't regret coming here. And, although this isn't a true pediatric dentistry office, Drs Pat and Todd and hygienist Tammy have proven themselves to be top notch with little kids. My older child absolutely adores Tammy."- Z.Q. / Yelp / Aug 15, 2017
"I can't recommend Emigh Dentist office enough. This is a family run office and the staff is always warm and friendly. I hate going to the dentist and hadn't been to see one in several years due my own phobia. I immediately felt at ease and now I'm a regular patient. They also do a GREAT job with kids. I took my 3 yr old in for her first check-up and we were helped by Bailey, she was awesome with my little girl. Bailey had a lot of patience and explained everything to my child so she was comfortable. Doesn't hesitate to see the Emigh family, you won't be disappointed."- M.C. / Facebook / Aug 12, 2017
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"This review is a bit late, but when taking into consideration my experience, it's NEVER too late to visit the dentist!I found Emigh Dental by googling sedation dentistry. My fear of the dentist knew no bounds. It had been 8-9 years since I last visited a dental office and my mouth literally reached a breaking point. Hence my google search for sedation dentistry. I contacted them via email and their office responded promptly. They verified that they do take my insurance and squeezed me in for a 12/30/16 appointment to take advantage of my insurance that would be entering a new policy phase on Jan 1.After panicking for a week, I attended the dentist office alone. The reception was nice, but as I was in a panicked daze, I didn't really take note. Karen took me to the back and took my x-rays. She was incredibly nice and reassuring. She listened to my story about my fears and put me at ease.Dr. Pat then came in for the examination. He was warned that I was a fearful patient. He sat down and just spoke to me. He listened to my story, my childhood trauma of the dentist, what was bothering me currently. This exchange made the best possible first impression with me. He explained everything he would be doing in the examination and repeated several times he would not hurt me.Exam done, and the verdict was not unexpected but daunting to say the least. To put it mildly, I must have seen Dr. Pat at least six times afterwards to complete my treatment. Dr. Pat explained my options, and his recommendations. I had two cavities, two root canals, two crown preps, and a wisdom tooth pulled. Dr. Pat did not do my root canals, fyi, as they were fairly complicated but referred me to an endodontist.After 5 months or so, I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Pat for several things. He never shamed me for not seeking treatment earlier. His fillings are the first fillings I ever had done that did not hurt for weeks afterwards. He addressed my fears, promised to stop if I ever did feel any pain, and is a pleasant person overall. Best of all, I can eat food again. I can finally say I found my dentist.A few more details: the reception is great! Thank you to Elaine and team for being efficient and nice to boot. My cleaning was painless. They offer nitrous oxide for an extra fee for certain treatments. Nitrous oxide calmed my nerves down and made it possible for me to have certain treatments done. The office never tried to upsell me any service. And their dental chairs have built in massagers!"- A.G. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2017
What to Expect
Prior to the dental implant procedure, a thorough examination will be conducted. Our dentists will examine the teeth and jawbone to assess whether the gums are healthy enough and if patients have enough bone to properly support an implant. Digital X-rays will be taken to help our dentists develop digital impressions of the mouth to ensure replacement teeth fit accurately and naturally. A local anesthetic can be given prior to the implant to minimize pain and discomfort. Our dentists will place the small titanium post implant into the missing tooth’s bone socket. During the course of the jawbone healing, it will grow around the implant.
The jawbone healing process can take 3 – 6 months as it lays a strong foundation for the replacement tooth to be placed. At this time, a small abutment, or connector post, is attached to the implant so that a new tooth, called a crown, can be placed. Other replacement options, such as bridges or dentures, can be used as well. The replacement will match the color, shape, and size of the natural teeth to give patients a consistent look.
Temporary vs. Permanent
Once the dental implant is set, patients will have the option of temporary or permanent replacement teeth. Permanent teeth such as crowns and bridges are fixed into place. Some patients may opt for removable dentures that can be moved as needed. Our dentists will work with our patients in order to determine the best option.
After the dental implants are installed, most patients report little to no pain. If there is any soreness, an over-the-counter pain medication can be taken. It is important for everyone to practice good oral hygiene after the procedure. This includes regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. It’s also important to keep up with regular dental appointments. If patients practice proper oral hygiene and treat the implant with care, a dental implant should last for a lifetime. In some instances, the replacement teeth may deteriorate due to wear and tear and may need to be replaced.
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Replace and Restore Your Smile
If you want to be proud of your smile again, a single dental implant or implants can fill in a missing tooth or teeth for a more attractive appearance. Anyone who has missing teeth is encouraged to call our office today to make an appointment and find out about their dental implant options.