Dental Implants Specialist

Westlake Smile Studio

Mimi Theerathada, D.M.D.

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Westlake Village, CA

An attractive smile can help you approach life with confidence and see yourself in a different light. Westlake Smile Studio's Mimi Theerathada, DMD, creates dental implants for adult patients of all ages. Visit Westlake Smile Studio in Westlake Village, California. Dr. Theerathada can replace missing or damaged teeth to help restore your confidence and your natural smile. Call for a consultation or schedule your appointment online to learn more.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

For many adults, having dental implants is the next best thing to having natural teeth. When you lose your own teeth due to an illness, a traumatic accident, or tooth decay, it can negatively impact your self-esteem. You might also avoid smiling, or eating foods you used to love. This is where dental implants can help. Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth. They're durable and stable, and function almost the same as natural teeth.

A dental implant is a metal post that a dentist implants into your jawbone beneath your gums. Essentially, it’s the root of your new tooth. After the post is implanted and your mouth has healed, your dentist will attach the new replacement tooth, or crown, to the metal post permanently. The implants fuse to your jawbone, so they are strong, stable, and don’t shift in your mouth.

These posts also help other dental work, like bridges and dentures, stay solidly attached to your jaw.

Why are dental implants so popular?

On top of looking, feeling, and functioning like your natural teeth, dental implants offer a variety of advantages, including:

  • Durability
  • Affordability
  • Helping retain your natural face shape and smile
  • Ensuring the health of your jawbone
  • Helping maintain the integrity of surrounding natural teeth
  • Improving speech by allowing you to talk without worry
  • Allowing you to continue eating your favorite foods
  • Protection from cavities with an implanted crown

The team at Westlake Smile Studio offers proven, state-of-the-art, metal-free Nobel Biocare® dental implants for single-tooth or even full-mouth restorations. Nobel Biocare implants give you functional, natural-looking restorations that last a lifetime. They also have a lifetime warranty.

Who are good candidates for dental implants?

If you’re missing a single tooth or a couple of teeth, you might be the perfect candidate for dental implants. Your gums need to be healthy, and your jaw must be finished growing. Dental implants are not appropriate for kids, as their mouths have not finished growing. However, implants are an exceptional solution for adults.

You may also be a good candidate for implants if you're tired of having dentures that won't stay in place, or if you're ready to replace a bridge or partial dentures. Men or women looking for a more permanent, long-term solution to dental work may be good candidates for implants. Your dentist discusses all your options and answers your questions during your consultation.

It's time to take the first step toward a more confident smile and a more confident you. Request an appointment online or call Westlake Smile Studio today.