Dental implants have three parts — the implant, the abutment, and the crown. At HD Smile Dental, we surgically place implants in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth's root. The implant is then topped by an abutment, on which attaches the crown. The crown is the visible portion of the tooth which can be made of porcelain or gold, looks natural, and functions like your natural teeth. In combination, the dental implant supports tooth restoration so patients can enjoy long-lasting results.
What Are the Qualifications for Dental Implants?
The jawbone must be strong enough to support the implant, which needs something to fuse to in order to be stable within the mouth. If you are missing a significant amount of bone in your jaw and require a bone graft as part of your procedure, you may not be an ideal candidate for implants.
You need to be in good oral health to have implants placed. If you have gum disease or other oral health concerns, you will likely need to resolve these issues before implant surgery. That’s because persistent periodontal disease can affect the success of your dental implant procedure due to bone loss in the jaw.
Not Using Tobacco
Smoking or using other tobacco products can interfere with healing after oral surgery, making it more likely you will experience complications with your dental implants.
Pros of Dental Implants
Dental Implants Offer Permanent Results
Other tooth replacement options only last a few years before needing to be replaced or repaired due to damage or decay. On the other hand, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime when properly maintained.
Dental Implants Preserve Your Bone
When you lose a tooth, the surrounding bone weakens over time because there is nothing to stimulate it. To counter this, dental implants act as artificial roots that preserve the bone in your jaw by providing the stimulation that the lost tooth root did before. This prevents further bone loss, which makes it easier to eat and speak normally.
Dental Implants Are More Comfortable and Convenient
Dentures are not fixed, so they can loosen while you eat and speak. They also need to be removed regularly for cleaning. In contrast, dental implants are permanently attached to the mouth, so they won’t slip out of place or cause discomfort during use. Plus, brushing and flossing them is just like caring for natural teeth!
If you’re considering replacing damaged or missing teeth with a more permanent solution, visit HD Smile Dental at 1680 Vine St #200, Hollywood, CA 90028, or call (323) 464-2033. We look forward to working with you and providing the care you need to improve your smile’s health and overall appearance.