Dental Implants Specialist

OC Lakes Dental

Aaron M. Takigawa, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Dentist located in Woodbridge, Irvine, CA

Losing an adult tooth can be traumatic. Dr. Takigawa has extensive training and experience in dental implant restoration, helping men and women in Woodbridge, Irvine, CA, and throughout Orange County restore their lost teeth with a prosthetic that's designed to look and feel just like a natural tooth.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are alternatives to bridges and dentures, used to replace teeth lost to decay, disease or trauma. Implants have three primary parts: A metal post that's implanted into the jawbone to act as a kind of root, the prosthetic tooth or crown that replaces your natural tooth, and a special piece called an abutment that securely connects the post and the crown.

How is the implant procedure performed?

Dental Implants usually take three visits for placement. This appointment will be scheduled with our trusted Oral Surgeon next door. At your first appointment, the titanium post will be implanted into your jaw bone. If you don't have enough jawbone to support the implant, a bone graft can be performed at the same time to augment your bone. The post is given time to fuse with the jawbone – usually several weeks. Then your second visit will be scheduled. At that appointment, the abutment will be attached and an impression will be made and sent to the lab so your crown can be made. At the third appointment, the crown will be securely attached and buffed so it feels comfortable and natural.

Will insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

That depends on your insurance company and the plan coverage you have, but often, the cost of implants is not covered or may be only partially covered. In those instances, we can help you arrange a payment plan or find financing that can help you fit the cost of your implants into your budget.

Are dental implants hard to care for?

No, dental implants are cared for using the same techniques you use to care for your natural teeth – regular brushing and flossing to keep the gums around the implants free of disease, and routine dental visits to ensure the implant is in good shape.


We accept most major dental PPO plans. Please provide us with your insurance information either before or during your office visit so that we can determine your eligibility and benefits. Even if we are out-of-network, coverage for routine check-ups and basic level treatments can still be quite substantial or even identical, so please still let us know so that we can check that for you.


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