If you’re thinking about dental implants in Marina del Rey, you’ve come to the right place. At Elegant Dentistry, we offer the full range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth and are fitted. They’re surgically implanted and anchored to your jawbone to give the dentist a place to attach a newly created crown (prosthetic tooth). There must be an adequate amount of bone and density in the jawbone in order for the patient to be a candidate for implants. Dental implants are created by experts who will match the tooth in size and shape and color to look just like natural teeth.
Why dental implants?
One of the most common reasons to have dental implants made – but far from the only one – is to help you feel better about your smile. If you have a missing tooth and you can see the gap when you smile, chances are it will shake your confidence and you’ll be less likely to smile in front of others. Dental implants can be made to match not only the color of your natural teeth, but they can be made to look similar in shape and size. That way, when you smile, nobody but you and our dentist ever need to know which tooth was missing.
At the same time, it’s important to fill any gaps left where a tooth was lost. If you don’t put something in place of a missing tooth, you take the chance that the surrounding teeth will begin to move into that empty space. Once that type of movement begins, you could be in for a whole new set of problems. So the sooner you fill the spot where the missing tooth was, the better off you’ll be. Just as important, since implants are so close to being natural teeth, they fool the body into acting like the teeth are in place. This makes them the only type of tooth replacement solution that addresses the potentially very serious problem of bone loss.
The Mechanics of Dental Implants
A dental implant is designed to use a titanium rod that is inserted into your jawbone to serve as the anchor for the new replacement tooth. Titanium is used because of its ability to fuse to the bone successfully. The implanted rod serves as a space holder to make sure that once the new tooth is in place, all the other teeth remain stable. Dental implants are not removable; they’re permanent additions to your smile.
Dental implants that are fitted correctly will not only improve your smile, but they will also help to ensure your long-term oral health. They can improve chewing if they are on the sides or in the back of the mouth. They will generally improve your speech if they’re near the front of your mouth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are installed in a single visit to the Marina del Rey office of Elegant Dentistry. They’re generally installed by a periodontal specialist who works with the highest quality materials to ensure a beautiful, healthy smile for every patient.
Once the dental implant is placed, our staff will make an appointment for you to come back in approximately 4 to 5 months. At that time we will uncover the dental implant and install a healing cap. A month after the implant is uncovered, an impression of the dental implant crown will be taken by your dentist. This impression is sent to the lab where special technicians will fabricate a beautiful dental implant crown for you. Your crown will usually be ready in about two weeks.
Dental Implant Prognosis
Because of expert technology and advanced surgical techniques, the success rate of dental implants can be as high as 98%. If you take care of your implants properly with good dental hygiene, they can last you a lifetime.
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