One or more lost teeth can be replaced using dental implants. Our Los Angeles dental implants specialist can evaluate your dental health in order to determine if you are a candidate for the dental implant procedure.
Dental implants are implanted in the jawbone where the natural tooth was once located and where the prosthetic tooth will eventually be attached. After the procedure, your jawbone will heal around the dental implant in a process known as osseointegration. This has two functions: It helps keep the bone strong and intact, and it creates a powerful, sturdy base for your future restoration whether you have dental crowns, a dental bridge or dentures affixed to them.
Unlike dental bridges and dentures, dental implants are considered a lifelong restoration. The 15-year success rate is 98 percent, which means that 98 percent of those who have dental implants placed still have their restoration 15 years later. Jawbone density tends to decrease when a tooth has been lost, which means that dental bridges and dentures often fail within seven to 10 years and must be replaced or adjusted.
Most people who are strong and healthy enough to undergo routine oral surgery may also be candidates for dental implant surgery. If you have uncontrolled high blood sugar or diabetes, you will need to work with your physician to control your chronic condition prior to undergoing the procedure. If you smoke, you may need to quit for a few weeks before and during the healing period after the procedure for the best results. In some cases, bone or tissue grafts may be necessary in order to ensure a more successful procedure. Each case is different. Our dentist can help you better understand your unique situation and your options. Contact us today to learn more.