Do you have one or more missing teeth or teeth that have had previous root canals and are painful? If you answered yes, you may benefit from dental implants, which are replacement teeth that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Dental implants consist of a post and a crown. The post or implant part of the prosthetic tooth is inserted into your jaw bone. Once the posts are inserted, your gums will need to heal and your jaw bone will need to fuse to the titanium screw. The initial healing process is important because your jaw bone provides the support for the false tooth or teeth. Once your jaw has completely healed, a second appointment will be scheduled to attach the crown or false tooth to the screw.
If you need more than one tooth replaced or a full mouth of teeth, you can get All-On-4 dental implants, which means that four screws are inserted into your lower and upper jaw bones for a total of eight screws. Once the surgical sites have healed, full mouth dentures will be placed onto the screws. Like single implants, full-mouth implants are not removable.
If crowns, caps, bridges and dentures don’t sound appealing to you, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants do not require any extra cleaning steps, and they look and feel like your regular teeth. This means you do not have to soak your dental implants nightly or use special pastes and adhesives to make sure they stay in your mouth. Once your dental implants are installed, all you have to do is brush and floss your teeth like normal.
The process of getting dental implants in Los Angeles starts with a consultation. During the initial consultation, our dentists will examine your teeth, mouth, jaw bone density and gum tissue. Good candidates have solid, dense jaw bones and healthy gum tissue. However, if your jaw isn’t thick enough to support the dental implants or your gum tissue isn’t healthy, there are procedures that can improve your gum health and strengthen your jaw prior to getting the implants.
At your first appointment after your consultation, you will be put under local or general anesthesia to help control pain and make the process more comfortable. Then, our dentist will prepare the areas for the implants and surgically install the posts. After your procedure, you will be given time to recover and wake up.
It can take several weeks to a couple of months for your jaw to completed fuse around the implant. During that time, you will have several follow-up appointments to make sure your jaw and gums are healing correctly. Once your jaw and gums have completely healed, a final appointment will be scheduled in order to place the false tooth or denture onto the implant.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants in Los Angeles and determine if dental implants are right for you, our dentist would be happy to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your teeth replacement options and tell you more about the benefits and process of getting dental implants. Just call us at 310-553-3428.