Are you missing a tooth or perhaps even multiple teeth? Don't worry because we have the perfect solution for you – dental implants. Dental implants are not just your ordinary replacement for missing teeth; they are the best option available today.
If you're considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, it's important to understand the procedure involved. While every case is unique, there are general steps that are followed in most implant procedures.
First, a thorough examination of your oral health will be conducted by a qualified dentist or oral surgeon. This may include X-rays and scans to assess bone density and determine if you have enough jawbone to support the implants. Next comes the surgical phase of the procedure. Under local anesthesia, small incisions will be made in your gums to expose the underlying bone. The implants, which are titanium screws that act as artificial tooth roots, will then be securely placed into the jawbone.
After placement, there is a healing period called osseointegration, where the implants fuse with the surrounding bone. This process usually takes several months but ensures a strong foundation for your new teeth. Once osseointegration is complete, abutments - small connecting pieces - are attached to the implants. These abutments serve as anchors for the final restorations or replacement teeth.
Custom-made crowns or bridges are fabricated and connected to the abutments. These restorations blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and provide both function and aesthetics.
Having missing teeth can have a significant impact on your overall quality of life. Not only does it affect your ability to chew and speak properly, but it can also lead to self-consciousness and a lack of confidence in social situations. Thankfully, dental implants offer an effective solution that can restore both the function and appearance of your smile.
If you haven't seen a dentist in the past six months, contact HD Smile Dental at 1680 Vine St #200, Hollywood, CA 90028, or call (323) 464-2033 to schedule your appointment.