A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replaces both the root and the crown of the missing tooth. They are placed directly into the jawbone where they fuse for a sturdy, permanent prosthesis. This design reduces the bone loss that tends to follow the loss of a tooth and preserves jawbone strength. If you are a candidate for a dental implant, you may need several appointments over a period of weeks or months with our Los Angeles dental implant specialist.
At your initial appointment, we will evaluate your gum health and bone density. Addressing any problems in these areas is critical to a successful procedure. We may recommend periodontal treatments or bone grafts if there are any deficiencies.
Once the jawbone and gum are prepared, the implant can be placed. The procedure is considered minor dental surgery. The implant will be placed directly into the jawbone and then allowed to heal. During the healing period, the jawbone will grow around the implant in a process known as osseointegration. This creates a durable foundation for the restoration. The healing time can vary based on the type of implant that is used and the area in which it is placed.
When the implant has fused with the jawbone, you will be ready to have the abutment and your new prosthetic tooth placed on it. Following our dentist’s aftercare instructions carefully can ensure a more successful procedure.
Contact our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your initial consultation.