Dental Implants in San Pedro

Dr. Hamid Cohen invites people with teeth that have been lost or extracted to move on to a happier and health life today with the very best in oral restorations at his office in beautiful San Pedro. Dr. Cohen is known for his caring and friendly approach to dentistry as well as his gentle touch during dental work. He is here to give patients from throughout the vibrant and diverse Los Angeles South Bay area the comfort and confidence that comes with having their smile restored by a skilled dentist offering the gold standard in tooth replacement. 

Why Dental Implants?

Losing teeth can be a distressing experience, and it’s crucial to seek a prompt solution for their replacement. If you’re concerned about the social stigma associated with missing teeth, it’s essential to make an informed decision on the best method of replacement. While dentures and bridgework serve as viable options, dental implants often offer unparalleled advantages for most individuals.

The advantages of dental implants over dentures include:

Preventing Bone Loss

Bone loss is a serious concern for everyone who has lost even a single tooth and Dr. Cohen wants his patients to understand the dangers associated with it. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation at the point where it once met the jawbone causes the bone to receive less nourishment. This means that the strength of the bone can lessen rapidly and the patient is at risk of developing osteoporosis in the jaw, especially if multiple teeth are lost. Consequences over time can include the loss of more teeth and, in advanced cases, changes to patients’ features that can make them look years older than their actual age. It can also make you more vulnerable to serious illnesses including diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately, when a synthetic root of a tooth is implanted, it restores the missing stimulation and will start to arrest the bone loss process. No other type of tooth replacement does this. Note: some experts believe that wearing dentures may actually accelerate the process of bone loss somewhat.

Superior Appearance

Usually the first thing people think about when a tooth is lost is the impact on their appearance. Most people worry about how the missing tooth can hurt their social and career prospects and, sadly, they are not wrong. The good news is that the appearance of dental implants placed by a superb dentist like Dr. Cohen consistently delights patients. The crowns that cover implants exemplify the best of cosmetic dentistry. They are custom-made to blend harmoniously with other teeth and flatter the patient’s appearance as much as possible. Full arch implants that replace an entire row of missing teeth can completely restore a patient's smile – as well as their self-confidence – after just one procedure. Dr. Cohen cares about all of his patients and feels great pride in his ability to give his patients attractive new smiles at the same time as he protects their long-term oral health. Our patients tell us all the time that they are both looking and feeling their absolute best.

Comfort and Convenience

Denture wearers are all too familiar with the challenges and inconveniences that come with removable prosthetics. The extra care, the nightly removal routine – it can be a hassle. And if you happen to be someone prone to misplacing belongings like keys, cell phones, or wallets, you might now find yourself adding false teeth to that list. It may sound amusing, but the distress it can cause is no laughing matter. With advanced dental implant technology, you can bid farewell to these worries and embrace a life free from denture-related inconveniences. Dental implants provide a permanent and secure solution for tooth replacement. By anchoring prosthetic teeth directly to the jawbone, they eliminate the need for removable dentures and the associated concerns. Moving on, patients mainly love that dental implants are almost exactly the same as natural teeth in every way. They never slip and you care for them exactly the same way you should care for their natural teeth – with regular brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly visits to Dr. Cohen.

Getting a Dental Implant

Your journey to dental implants begins with a complimentary initial consultation with Dr. Cohen. During this visit, he will assess your unique situation and discuss the most suitable implant options for you. For patients missing one or two teeth, individual implants are typically recommended. Before surgery, an impression of your mouth will be taken to ensure a precise and comfortable fit. Dental implants are primarily made of titanium, although zirconia is increasingly used and may be preferred for certain cases or individuals with metal allergies. It’s important to note that not all mouths are immediately ready for implants, especially if there has been bone loss. In such instances, bone grafting may be necessary to strengthen the jawbone and enable successful implant placement. Extensive long-term research demonstrates the exceptional success rate of dental implants, with significant complications being rare. However, it’s important to note that smokers have a higher incidence of issues. Quitting smoking remains one of the most beneficial actions one can take to optimize the success and longevity of their dental implant treatment.

Implant Supported Bridges and Full Arch Restorations

For individuals who have lost multiple teeth, the expense and time commitment involved with individual implants can be excessive. Dr. Cohen and his team offer custom options that can replace several lost teeth with a single procedure. Patients who have lost a few teeth may opt for implant-supported bridges. As the name implies, this is a set of dental prosthetics attached via implants on either side of the bridge. Full-arch restorations, on the other hand, can replace an entire row at the same time and may be supported by more implants.

Can I Afford Dental Implants?

Affording dental implants is a top concern for many patients. At our practice, we believe in a friendly and compassionate approach that prioritizes your oral health above all else. If your insurance coverage falls short or if you don’t have insurance at all, rest assured that we are here to assist you. Your well-being is invaluable, and we are committed to helping you receive the care you need to feel and look your best. To make dental implants more accessible, we offer flexible financing options through CareCredit and Alphaeon. These trusted platforms allow you to spread out the cost of treatment into manageable monthly payments. For your convenience, we also accept all major credit cards, ensuring a seamless payment process. Our goal is to eliminate financial barriers and provide you with the opportunity to benefit from the life-changing effects of dental implants.

Get on the Path to a Healthier, Happier Life Today!

If you’re missing teeth or looking at an extraction, the time to start working on getting your new teeth replacement is now. The people of the diverse, creative, and vibrant community of San Pedro laud Dr. Cohen for his skilled care and friendly, caring approach. Whether patients come to him for dental implants, preventive general dentistry, or any other reason, our focus is always on the patients’ comfort as well as their long-term well-being. 

Call the phone number above for a free first-time consultation or visit our contact page now.

* “Long term clinical performance of 10 871 dental implants with up to 22 years of follow‐up: A cohort study in 4247 patients,” Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research. David French, D.D.S., Ronen Ofec, D.M.D., M.Sc., and Liran Levin, D.M.D., F.R.C.D. June 2021.