The Most Realistic, Natural Looking Restoration for Missing Teeth
A dental implant is the most advanced way to replace a missing tooth, simulating every part from root to crown. An implant is a permanent fixture that bonds with your body, restoring your bite, keeping the surrounding teeth in place and healthy, and giving you a full smile once again.
Before the placement of dental implants, it must be determined that you have enough bone structure to support the fixture. If you do, a titanium post resembling a screw will be inserted into the location of the missing tooth to simulate the root of a tooth. Titanium is highly biocompatible, and the bone will bond with it over the next few months through a process called osseointegration. Once the implant is securely anchored, an abutment can be attached and a custom-built crown fitted to it. In some cases, a series of implants can be used to anchor a fixed bridge or denture, restoring many teeth at the same time.
What You Need to Know About Dental Implants
Implants do not require the destruction of healthy tooth material, in the way that a bridge does. Because they are permanent, they are easier to care for than dentures, which may warp and need adjustment over time. Surrounding teeth will stay in place, without shifting into the gap left by the absence of the missing root, preventing future complications. An implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, allowing you to live life without unnecessary hassle or unwanted attention. All that is needed to keep them in good condition is keeping up with brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.
Dr. Mashkouri is a cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles, Westwood Village, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles offering dental implants to her patients. To learn more about this exciting procedure and find out if you are a good candidate, contact Lotus Family Dental to make an appointment for your complimentary consultation by calling (310) 776-6441.