When one or more teeth are lost, replacing them is essential to restoring a happy, healthy smile. Although several tooth replacement options are currently available, dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement because they replace not only the crown of the lost tooth but also its root. If you are a candidate for dental implants, our Los Angeles dental implant specialist may recommend one of several different techniques for placement.
Traditional dental implants can take between four and 12 months to heal, which means that you will need to wait before your restoration can be placed. Immediate load dental implants are a popular choice that allows a temporary crown to be placed at the same time the dental implants are placed so that you do not have to wait for your restoration. Immediate load dental implants are most appropriate for patients who have sufficient bone tissue to support immediate placement and use.
Mini dental implants are another option. This type of implant has a narrow diameter that allows them to be placed using a less invasive procedure. They are often used to support dentures. All-on-four dental implants can also be used to support dentures. All-on-four implants are placed in available, adequate bone tissue, and they eliminate the need for bone grafting. They can support temporary restorations the day they are placed, and permanent restorations can be placed once the implants have integrated sufficiently.
Contact our dental office today to learn more about your options for dental implants or to determine if you are a candidate.