Replacing missing teeth can make a huge difference in your smile, restore your confidence and improve your dental health. Dental implants are one of many tooth replacement options available from your cosmetic dentist.Understanding this dental procedure will help you decide if it’s the right solution for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants permanently replace lost teeth. Endosteal dental implants are the most commonly used type of implant. They are comprised of a post, screw, or blade implanted directly into the bone of your jaw with a crown placed on top. Endosteal implants are often used to replace a single or a few missing teeth. Subperiosteal dental implants use a metal framework which sits on top of the jawbone as an attachment point for replacement teeth. This type of dental implant may be chosen to anchor a full set of replacement teeth.
What Is Treatment Like?
Your dentist will place the dental implants during a short surgical procedure, after which you must wait approximately four to six months for your jaw and gum tissue to heal. If you have inadequate bone density to support an implant, you may need a jawbone graft before the implants are placed. Once your gums have healed, your dentist can attach single crowns or implant-supported bridges or dentures to your implants to repair your smile.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?
In order to receive dental implants, you should be in good general and dental health. Your dentist will determine if you have sufficient bone mass in your jaw for implants or if a bone grafting procedure is required. You must also have healthy gums that are free of periodontal disease, as healthy gum tissue is necessary for the implantation and healing process.
Do you want to know if dental implants are right for you? Call City Dental at (323) 850-7007 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Galina and learn more about this procedure. You can find more information about dental implants and other tooth replacement options, including bridges and dentures, by browsing our website.