Missing natural teeth can affect more than your chewing and speaking functions. They also have an effect on your overall dental health and quality of life. That’s why addressing the issue as soon as possible and finding the best solution for your specific needs is essential.
Implant dentistry is the gold standard for the replacement of missing teeth. At Carlston Dental Group, I recommend dental implants to patients suffering from tooth loss because they provide numerous advantages compared to other tooth replacement options.
A dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that fully restores a missing tooth, including its root. Because it is implanted and fused with the jawbone, it provides the same stability a natural tooth root would.
I use dental implants to replace individual missing teeth, stabilize dental bridges, as well as support full sets of dentures.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small post made from titanium, a biocompatible material, that I place in the jawbone to replace the root of a missing or extracted tooth. After being placed, the implant fuses with the bone and becomes a permanent part of your jaw.
Once the implant site has healed and the process of osseointegration is complete, the implant restoration can be finalized. At Carlston Dental Group, we use dental implants as anchors for tooth replacements like crowns, bridges, and dentures.
When Are Implants Recommended?
I generally recommend dental implants to patients who have lost one or more of their natural teeth and are looking for a tooth replacement that is more stable and reliable than traditional dentures or bridges.
I believe dental implants are ideal for patients whose goal is to get a fixed and permanent replacement for their missing teeth. Dental implants are also recommended for the added benefit of being the only tooth replacement option that also restores the lost tooth root and prevents bone loss in the jaw.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Implants create a strong foundation for replacement teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. They do this by replacing the root of the missing tooth and stimulating the jawbone just like natural teeth do.
Implant restorations do not have to be adjusted like bridges or dentures and won’t slip out when you are eating or speaking. They are more comfortable and natural-looking and provide the same functionality as natural teeth.
How Long Do Implants Last?
Although implant restorations are not susceptible to decay, they still need proper care and maintenance. Thankfully, caring for an implant restoration is not difficult at all. All you need to do to maintain your implant and ensure it lasts a lifetime is to practice your regular oral care routine, which should include regular brushing (twice a day) and regular flossing (once a day).
For gentle, customized, stress-free dental procedures in Los Angeles, California, do not hesitate to contact our dental practice. You can reach us by phone at (310) 838-0844, visit us at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or conveniently schedule your appointment online.
In some complicated situations, Dr. Carlston will refer patients to a Specialist. We deal with highly recommended specialists in the area.