Tooth loss dramatically changes your appearance, but it doesn't have to permanently alter your smile. Dental implants offer a long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Our Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group, explain how your smile can be restored with implants.
Dental implants replace tooth roots
Thanks to innovative dental technology, it's possible to restore your missing tooth, starting with the root. A small titanium post placed in your jaw during a minor surgical procedure serves as a replacement root. It's attached to a dental crown, a lifelike artificial tooth that will enhance your appearance and making chewing a simple process once again.
Bonding is the key to the success of dental implants
During a process called osseointegration, your new implant bonds to your jawbone. Osseointegration is the most crucial step in the entire process. Without it, your implant would wiggle and slip every time you took a bite of food. After you receive your implant, it will remain safely concealed under your gum for about three to six months while it heals and bonds to the bone. Once bonding occurs, an abutment will be attached to the top of the crown in our Sherman Oaks office. The abutment, which looks like a small screw, connects the crown to the dental implant.
Dental implants offer exceptional comfort and versatility
Unlike other restoration options, dental implants actually feel like natural teeth. Because your crown is firmly attached to the top of the dental implant, your restoration won't irritate your gums or feel awkward or uncomfortable. Implants are an excellent option, whether you've lost one, five or all of your teeth.
Implants help prevent bone loss
Tooth loss causes changes above and below your gums. A strong jawbone is necessary to support your teeth, but bone loss may occur after you lose a tooth. Without constant pressure from tooth roots, the jawbone may begin to shrink. Unfortunately, if the bone shrinks substantially, it might not be able to support your other teeth. As a result, they may loosen and even fall out. Implants ensure that the bone continues to receive the stimulation it needs and prevents this unpleasant consequence.
Do dental implants sound like a good solution for you? Call Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists, Dr. Amir and Dr. Hamer of SC Dental Group, at (818) 905-5400 to schedule an appointment.