When you lose a tooth, or several, the cascading complications could eventually mean an aged appearance and difficulty with your overall quality of life. Which is why your Los Angeles, CA, dentist is ready to help with dental implants. These provide a lifelike and stage solution for tooth loss, one that can last for years to come.
The Difference of Dental Implants
Dental implants don’t need to rest on the jaw ridge like dentures, held in place with suction or special adhesives. They don’t rely on crowns attached to natural teeth like bridges either. Instead, we insert a biocompatible titanium post into the jawbone, where it bonds with the jawbone just like a natural tooth root could. This not only means greater stability, but this prevents the gradual breakdown in the jaw that occurs following tooth loss, so you avoid worsening tooth loss and your new one can stay in place for decades to come or for some, a lifetime!
To begin, we need to perform a thorough exam of your smile. We want to understand the cause of your tooth loss and if necessary, treat underlying oral health issues to prevent further tooth loss or implant failure. We also plan the placement process in detail, choosing the best angle and position to support a new tooth and also stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue. Once we insert the new root and osseointegration takes place, bonding with the jaw, we move forward with the restoration.
Securing and Restoring Your New Teeth
We first connect an abutment to the post, which will extend above the gum line. We then connect a dental restoration to the abutment. The restoration, or crown, will look natural and blend with your smile, while also providing a durable chewing surface. If you have more advanced cases of missing teeth, then our team could use multiple posts to secure an implant bridge or denture, with a prosthetic that lasts much longer than traditional ones, and also never slips when you eat or drink. You will be able to smile with confidence, eat your favorite foods, and avoid complications linked to untreated tooth loss.
If you have any questions about implant dentistry, or about avoiding issues like missing teeth, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to make sure smiles in our community remain strong and full!
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Replacing Lost Teeth
Whether you lose one tooth or most of them, we can help with an advanced treatment option. If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry or about preventing the loss of your natural teeth, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.