A missing tooth can hinder you from smiling, laughing, and even speaking. You may cover your mouth or simply shy away from these activities when out in public. If you have tried using a removable bridge or denture and have been frustrated with its instability and constant upkeep, you may be interested in dental implants. These are permanent replacements for a missing tooth that can help prevent further damage to the surrounding teeth and gums.
The first step is to determine if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure, which means visiting a qualified and trained cosmetic dentist to ensure that the bone in the area to be treated is sufficient and strong enough to hold a new tooth. If there is weakening of the jawbone, a graft must be used in order to strengthen the area. Once this is complete, a titanium cylinder is permanently screwed into the jawbone to act as the artificial root. The area must then heal over a course of approximately three to six months in order for it to integrate with the jawbone.
Following the integration of the new root, a ceramic tooth is permanently bonded to provide a natural-looking result. Dental implants can replace one or more teeth without the need for a bridge or dentures. The new artificial tooth acts and looks like a real tooth, while providing an overall smile makeover. Results can help regain confidence in your smile, and help you feel proud of your new teeth. Typically, your dental implants may last a lifetime; however, in order to maintain a healthy smile, it is important to follow healthy hygiene practices. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day, everyday, can help prevent additional damage to the teeth. In addition, routine check-ups will help monitor the implants and ensure that they are healthy, and help prevent complications from arising.
The best way to determine if dental implants are the best option for your particular needs is by scheduling an appointment at my Beverly Hills practice. Those in the Los Angeles area interested in learning more regarding dental implants may do so during a consultation. I look forward to helping you rejuvenate your smile.
Feel free to browse through our before and after photos in our smile gallery to see how cosmetic dentistry provided by Dr. Sands may benefit you.
We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands. To do so, please call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form.