Dental implants restore missing teeth for a natural smile in Los Angeles, CA
A number of dental issues such as traumatic injury, decay, or gum disease can lead to one or more missing teeth. With modern technology and surgical techniques, you don’t need to have fake-looking dentures or bridges that affect multiple teeth in your mouth to replace one missing tooth. With dental implants, you can replace missing teeth using the latest technology for optimal results. Dr. Mamta Dalwani at the Center for Holistic Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA is experienced in helping patients regain their beautiful, natural-looking smiles with dental implants.
Dental implant overview
A dental implant is a long-term treatment solution for tooth loss. The implant, which is typically made from either titanium or zirconia, replaces your tooth root to provide a solid foundation for a replacement tooth that is custom-designed to match your existing teeth for the most natural-looking results possible.
The implant fuses together with your jawbone during the healing process, called osseointegration, to form a permanent bond that you don’t need to think about in your daily life when you are eating, working, or enjoying social activities.
Benefits of dental implants
There are many benefits of dental implants over other tooth replacement options such as dentures. These include:
- Easier eating and better speech: Dentures can slip in your mouth when you are trying to speak or eat, which makes it hard to pronounce certain speech sounds or chew your food. Foods that are off-limits with dentures are fine to eat with dental implants once they heal.
- Better appearance: Dental implants are custom-designed to look like the rest of your teeth, so it is nearly impossible to tell that they are not your natural teeth.
- More comfortable and convenient: Since the implant becomes part of your jawbone, after the initial healing and acclimation period, it doesn’t feel like a foreign object in your mouth. You don’t need to remove it when you sleep or use hard-to-apply adhesives to keep them in your mouth.
- More durable: When you take good care of your oral health and implant, it can last a lifetime, which means you don’t need to go in for the same costly treatments’ multiple times.
- Better long-term oral health: With other types of dental restorations such as bridges, multiple teeth are involved in the restoration process and the dentist must alter your natural healthy teeth to support the bridge. With an implant, only the individual missing tooth is affected, which leaves as many natural teeth intact as possible and allows you to better clean your teeth and gums.
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Determining if dental implants are the right fit for you
Most healthy people with a missing tooth are good candidates for dental implants. It is important for you to be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene habits and your gums and jawbone need to be healthy enough to support the implant. If you have long-term chronic disorders such as uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease, your dentist will consult with you to determine if they will work with your individual health needs. The first step in determining if a dental implant is the best choice for you is to schedule a consultation.
What to expect during a dental implant procedure
After you and your dentist determine that a dental implant is the right treatment option for you, the dentist will create a plan that is tailored to your individual oral health needs and communicate that with you, so you know what to expect.
The first procedure is to place the dental implant into your jawbone where the missing tooth root is located. In this procedure, the surgeon will cut into your gums and insert the implant, ensuring that the type of implant and size is ideal for your mouth. You will feel minimal discomfort during the procedure because anesthesia will be used to numb the area. After the insertion, you will need to let the implant heal and integrate with your jawbone for approximately six to 12 weeks.
After the implant and your jawbone have fused, the dentist will place an abutment, which is a small connecting post that the false tooth will be attached to, onto the implant. The false tooth will be created based on impressions that the dentist takes of your existing teeth so that the new tooth looks as natural as possible and fits your smile perfectly. Once your new tooth is in your mouth, it will look, feel, and work like your real teeth.
Dr. Mamta Dalwani in Los Angeles, CA provides comprehensive evaluations and care for patients who need tooth restorations. Improve your smile and self-confidence today by scheduling your initial consultation at (310) 340-0153.