Whether you have lost just one tooth or all your teeth, dental implants are often the best restoration option. When a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate around the socket of the missing tooth. Over time, the jawbone can thin substantially and threaten the health of the adjacent teeth. You may be more likely to suffer decay, periodontal disease or even more lost teeth. Dental implants can help prevent that bone loss and restore and preserve the teeth and the underlying structures.
A dental implant offers a restoration that looks, feels and functions just like your other teeth. If you are a candidate for dental implants, our Los Angeles dental implants specialist will implant a titanium post into the jawbone. As your bone heals, it will grow around the new implant, which is designed to be highly compatible with human tissues. Over a few weeks or months, the implant will become even sturdier. When the implant has sufficiently osseointegrated, or bonded with the jawbone, an abutment will be placed. This abutment will serve as a connector for the replacement tooth.
Dental implants can be used with porcelain crowns to replace one tooth or many missing teeth. You will be able to clean them just like you do your own teeth. Simply brush, floss and visit our dentist for professional cleanings and regular checkups. Dental implants can also be used with dental bridges or dentures to provide a fully customized tooth-replacement solution.
Contact our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.