Dental Implants Specialist

Missing teeth can ruin an otherwise great smile, but you do not have to rely only on dentures to cover your gaps. Dr. Samir Halaka, who has offices in Hollywood, CA and Van Nuys, CA, provides dental implants, which are becoming a much more popular and efficient option that provides permanent relief to prospective patients.

Dental Implants Q & A


Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth? Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that Dr. Halaka surgically places in the jawbone. Besides, they help to hold the bone in the place and prevent gums from shrinking and the bone from desolving away.

Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.

Before and After

Today there is another option for patients who are missing permanent teeth. Composed of titanium metal that "fuses" with the jawbone through a process called "osseointegration," dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have "false teeth," and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges.

After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants continue to still function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Anatomy of a Dental Implant

A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and the crown, which is created by a prosthodontist or restorative dentist and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance.

Many people who are missing a single tooth opt for a fixed bridge; but a bridge may require the cutting down of healthy, adjacent teeth that may or may not need to be restored in the future. Also, restoring a missing tooth with bridge which means splitting teeth together will make flossing inbetween the bridge's teeth unavailable and it may cause gum problems. Then there is the additional cost of possibly having to replace the bridge once, twice or more over the course of a lifetime. Similarly, a removable partial denture may contribute to the loss of adjacent teeth. Studies show that within five to seven years there is a failure rate of up to 30% in teeth located next to a fixed bridge or removable partial denture.

Fixed bridges may require the shaping or cutting down of adjacent healthy teeth. Further, conventional dentures may contribute to the loss of bone in the area where teeth are missing. The presence of natural teeth preserves the jawboneAs illustration (a) indicates, the presence of natural teeth preserves the jawbone. When a tooth is missing, as in illustration (b), the bone may erode and weaken until it may be necessary for Dr. Halaka to graft bone to the area to strengthen it for placement of a dental implant. When a missing tooth is replaced by a dental implant, the fusion, or osseointegration, of the implant and bone provides stability, just as the natural tooth did.

If you are missing several teeth in the same area of your mouth, you may still enjoy the confidence and lifestyle benefits that come with dental implants. Dr. Halaka will place two or more dental implants, depending on the number of teeth that are missing. Your replacement teeth will be attached to the implants to allow excellent function and prevent bone loss. The implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into your replacement teeth and dentures to prevent slipping and bone loss.

With an overall success rate of about 95% and almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up, dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth.

Dental Implants vs. Conventional Dentures

Implants can be used to replace one missing tooth so that the replacement looks and feels natural. Also, two or more implants can serve as a stable support for the replacement of many teeth.

Many patients who have selected dental implants describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable and secure than the lifestyle endured by those with fixed bridges or removable dentures. Dentures often make a person feel and look older than they are, cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and restrict the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.

Dental Implants allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face. With a sense of renewed self-confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends and the chance to speak clearly and comfortably with co-workers. For all these reasons, people with dental implants often say they feel better... they look better... they live better.                               

All-On-4 Dental Implant

Everyone deserves a confident smile. Now, there is no need to settle for anything less. With the All-On-4 solution, you can replace everything you've lost—from a great smile to the ability to eat anything you want!

The All-On-4 dental implant clinical solution has been developed to maximize the use of available bone. It offers a new set of upper or lower replacement teeth for qualified patients - without bone grafts.

How does it work? 

Using only four implants in edentulous jaws, this procedure takes advantage of the benefits of tilting the posterior implants to provide a secure and optimal prosthetic support for a prosthetic bridge, even with minimum bone volume.

After all four implants are placed, a new or existing denture may be used as a temporary set of teeth to be attached. Patients leave the office with teeth in place, ready to smile, laugh, and eat over the 3 to 4 month period of bone-to-implant integration.

Typically, in 3 to 4 months, the implants will be fully secured by the bone. Your temporary teeth are removed and a flattering, final new set are permanently attached.

Can I have this dental implant procedure done?

Not all patients are candidates for the procedure. There are specific requirements and parameters that need to be present for dental implant. Once we determine if you are a candidate, we will let you know if the technique is appropriate for your long-term success of your implant.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept most HMO and PPO plans. Feel free to contact our office for more information.

Anthem Blue Cross
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