Dental Implants in Los Angeles
Tooth loss can be saddening to a person. There are numerous ways an individual can lose a tooth, ranging from injury, gum disease, cavities, and other health issues. Prior to dental implants, patients had to resort to dentures or bridges to replace missing teeth. Dental implants in Los Angeles provide stability that simply cannot be achieved through dentures or bridges.
Dental implants in Los Angeles have three components: a titanium screw, an abutment, and a crown. The titanium screw is surgically placed into the jawbone in the area of the missing tooth. The abutment then connects the screw to the implant crown. Implants mimic natural teeth extremely well and can provide long-lasting, stable replacements to missing teeth.
There are several different types of implants, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.
Single implant: If a single tooth is missing, a single implant is the best solution. There is no damage to the surrounding teeth, and the patient is left with a good prognosis for gum health since flossing is still possible as if it were a natural tooth.
Implant overdenture: Implant supported dentures allow patients to have the benefits that come with dentures without the common disadvantages. Implants serve as an anchor to the dentures, providing patients with the confidence to go about their daily routines without worrying about keeping their dentures in place. There are two types of implant supported dentures. A fixed overdenture consists of a denture that is screwed onto several implants.
Fixed overdentures cannot be removed by the patient so they require less at-home maintenance. They should be removed about once a year by the dentist to allow for cleaning and monitoring of the denture and implants. A removable denture consists of a denture that snaps into place on top of the implants. Sockets within the denture match up with several implants, and the patient can snap the denture in and out as desired.
There is more maintenance required on the patient’s part for a removable denture since the patient needs to keep up with the cleanliness around the denture and implants. Implant overdentures allow patients to be comfortable and confident with the fit and retention of their dentures.
There are several criteria a patient must meet in order to be considered for a dental implant.
Most importantly, the bone structure must be strong enough to support the implant. The gums must also be in good health since they provide the foundation to all teeth and restorations. Additionally, patients must be in overall good health to increase the chance of a good prognosis after surgery. Please come in for a thorough evaluation to determine if dental implants are a viable option to replace any missing teeth and restore your smile.