Dental Implants Los Alamitos
For many years, if you lost a tooth your restoration options were limited. A bridge could be made, requiring your dentist to remove healthy tooth structure to anchor the restoration, or if several teeth were missing, partial dentures could be made to fill the gaps.
But these days, there's a better option for both esthetics and a healthy, natural bite. Dental implants are a long-lasting, beautiful, and reliable way to restore one or more missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants consist of three parts. The implant itself is made of biocompatible titanium and placed directly into the bone of your jaw in the space where the tooth was lost. The second part, the abutment, is used to attach your restoration to the implant once the implant site has healed. The final component is the restoration, usually a crown, although implant-supported bridges and dentures are also an option.
These three components work together to replace your missing teeth with a beautiful, natural-looking custom crafted restoration that can last a lifetime.
Why Should I Get a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are the closest current dental technology can get to replacing your natural teeth. They offer stability for your bite and beautiful, strong restoration of missing teeth. While bridges can be used to replace missing teeth, they require removal of healthy tooth material in order to secure the bridge in your mouth. Implants avoid this while offering a better long-term outlook for the restoration of your missing teeth.
Implants also help to ensure your jaw bone remains strong and healthy. After an extraction, the bone at the implant site will begin to resorb over time if left untreated. Restorations such as bridges or dentures do nothing to stop this process. Dental implants will not only help prevent resorption of bone but will also strengthen the existing bone with the biocompatible titanium implant.
What Is the Implant Process?
The implant itself must be placed by an implant surgeon and allowed to fully heal. During the healing process, the titanium implant will fuse with your natural bone in a process called osseointegration. This ensures a secure anchor for your crown or bridge. If there is not enough bone structure to support an implant, you may be able to increase the bone mass using bone grafts.
After the implant is fully healed, Los Alamitos dentist Dr. Edward Luong will take an impression of your mouth and use this to create a beautiful porcelain crown to replace your missing tooth. These porcelain crowns blend flawlessly with your natural teeth, giving you a healthy, bright smile once again.
Strong, Natural-Looking Restoration Through Implants
With proper oral care, dental implants can be a lifelong investment in the health and beauty of your smile. If you are interested in dental implants or would like to learn more, contact our Los Alamitos dental office today to schedule a consultation.