More than half of adults who reach their forties will have lost at least one tooth because of an accident or some type of oral disease. If you’re missing any teeth, dental implants will fill in the gaps and make your smile look wonderful again. Dental implants are simply artificial teeth that we can surgically insert into your mouth. They will match your other teeth and become a fixed part of your jaw. You will look better and eat better, and with proper care, your implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants can be seen as an alternative to dentures, which have improved over the years but still have their downsides. Dentures require an application of messy adhesive to hold in place. Nevertheless, they can still slip around, or even fall out, when you’re eating or talking. They also require a fair bit of cleaning and care. On the other hand, once dental implants are in, they are in for good, and caring for them is very similar to caring for your natural teeth.
Just about anyone with healthy gums and adequate bone structure in their mouth is a good candidate for dental implants.
By the time someone is around 12 or 13 years old, all their permanent teeth should have finished coming in. The exceptions are the last four molars, known as the wisdom teeth, which typical don’t start “erupting” from beneath the gums until early adulthood. Wisdom teeth, unfortunately, frequently come in problematically. They might emerge at odd angles and push against other teeth; they can even become trapped in the jawbone. The problem is that many people’s bites can’t spare the extra room for new molars, and when a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to come in, it becomes impacted. This can cause pain, infection, crooked teeth, nerve damage, tooth decay, and other serious health problems.
Impacted wisdom teeth and their associated problems can be hard to predict in advance and surgical extraction can be difficult at later ages. That’s why we often recommend removing wisdom teeth in young adults as a preventative measure. Removing wisdom teeth is a common outpatient procedure that OC Smile performs right in our offices. After the first 24 hours, you will need to rest and avoid certain food, but you’ll find that recovery is fairly quick. The procedure is a simple one that will help you avoid many dental problems in the future.
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OC Smile is a multi-specialty practice that provides better care and better service to our patients in Fullerton and Mission Viejo, CA for less money than the other offices in the area. OC Smile, Dr. Badii, and the rest of the team provide the best of all worlds! You will get the quality and service of private practice, receive specialty care provided by board certified specialists, and the pricing structure of larger dental clinics all under one roof! If you are in Mission Viejo, Fullerton, or the surrounding areas, be sure to give our office a call and be seen right away!
We Take Your Dental Insurance
We’ll make the process of paying for your dental care as simple as possible! Our office accepts a wide variety of insurance plans, and we’re always happy to file your claim for you so that you can be sure to receive the maximum benefits available to you. OC Smile is in network with Delta Dental, Metlife, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield, Guardian, United Healthcare, and more! Call us today to find out how we can maximize your insurance plan!
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The Proof is in Our Patients
I came across this dental office online due to my gum pain. Great experience, came on a Sunday and they provided solution I needed and were able to let me know what the issue was.
Staff super friendly.
This is a fabulous dental office staff is so friendly kind and patient just yesterday I called for my sons ortho appointment I let them know I wasn’t going to be able to make it, the receptionist Kalei was so kind and rescheduled my Boy for Tuesday. Every time I take him we are in and out, I recommend…
Great Office, Great Staff, Great Care! From setting appointment (Kalei was super helpful) to having my work done, I was very impressed by the professionalism and over the top care that I received. I highly recommend this office!