The Number One Choice to Replace Loose, Cracked or Missing Teeth
Dental implant in Downey has overtaken dentures as the number one choice to restore loose, cracked, or missing teeth. Our skilled team at Downey Dental Solutions can help you with this life-changing procedure to replace a single missing tooth or multiple lost teeth. The dental implants we provide look and feel like natural teeth and can greatly improve your quality of life.
The first step to getting a dental implant is to meet with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who will review your medical history, perform a physical exam of the mouth and jaw, and obtain panoramic X-rays and a 3D cone beam CT. These images will help determine if you have enough bone to support the implant and, if necessary, a bone graft will be performed to augment deficient areas of the jaw.
After a period of healing, which typically takes up to three months, the dental implant will be surgically placed. A metal post, made of titanium, is inserted into the socket of the missing tooth and the surrounding jawbone heals around it to create a solid foundation for an artificial tooth or teeth. A connector called an abutment is attached to the implant post to anchor it to the rest of the restoration. A crown is then fabricated over the abutment to replicate your natural tooth and complete the dental implant process.
Implants require the same care and maintenance as your other teeth. You should brush and floss around the area of the implant and see your dentist for regular professional cleanings every 6 months.
Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime with proper care. If you do experience problems with your dental implant, contact us as soon as possible to discuss options for repair or replacement.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, a dental implant is the most realistic option available. It is the only replacement that replaces both the root and crown of a missing tooth. The result is a natural-looking, permanent and functional alternative to other tooth replacement options such as removable dentures or dental bridges.
While most dental implants are successful, there are some instances in which the bone does not fuse well with the implant. This can be due to several factors, including smoking and some chronic diseases that interfere with the body’s ability to heal after surgery. If the implant is unsuccessful, it can be removed, and the site cleaned up for a new attempt.
If you’re considering an implant for tooth replacement, please be sure to make an appointment with a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Downey Dental Solutions.