Because of all the advantages, dentists from all around the world consider dental implants as their first choice to replace missing teeth. This is important because missing teeth not only affect oral functionality but also the aesthetics of your smile. Hence, it is best to get missing natural teeth replaced by prosthetic restorations at the earliest.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are tooth prosthetics that resemble natural teeth the closest. The missing visible tooth is replaced by a ceramic crown made of tooth-colored material, preferably dental-grade ceramic. Just as a natural tooth is held in place by its root in the jawbone, a titanium root that will hold the crown in place will also be grafted in the jawbone, thanks to its screw-like grooves.
What Are the Advantages of Implants?
- Dental implants restore a tooth in its entirety, from root to crown.
- They allow you to bite and chew food just like you used to when all your natural teeth are intact.
- They restore your phonetics
- Their color, texture, size, and contour can be customized to make them indistinguishable from the adjoining natural teeth.
- They offer excellent durability and strength.
- Since implants are placed directly in the bone, they are exceptionally stable and sturdy.
- They keep the jawbone intact, thereby improving its health.
- They keep the adjoining teeth from drifting by filling the gap left by the missing tooth.
How Are Implants Placed at Troy Ha, DDS?
Getting a dental implant at Troy Ha, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry would take multiple dental consultations over a few months. During the initial consultation, we will screen your mouth to see if you can receive implants.
Some of the factors we consider are jawbone health, size, and volume; tooth spacing; gum diseases and other oral conditions; high blood pressure and diabetes; etc. Scans and X-rays of the mouth will be taken to analyze it better and provide a reference for fabricating the restorations.
If you can receive implants, we will proceed to the surgery part. During the first surgery, we will administer local anesthesia before commencing. Then, the dentist will drill a small hole in the jawbone, place the metal implant stud in it, and secure it with dental cement. A suitable healing period of a few months will be observed to allow the bone to fuse with the implant stud.
During the next surgery, a connecting abutment will be placed on the implant. The crown will then be bonded to the abutment. Then, a bite test will be taken to check for an ideal bite and make changes to the alignment of the restoration if required. Suitable aftercare instructions will be given by the dentist.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at our Long Beach, CA office to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (562) 432-9883 or schedule an online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.