|Dental Implants are becoming an increasingly popular way to replace missing or severely damaged teeth. An alternative to bridges, dentures and partial dentures, implants look and feel more like your original teeth.
How do dental implants work?
To better describe what an implant is it might be easier to describe how we install one in your mouth:
Site PreparationOnce a tooth has been removed you will have an empty spot in your mouth. This spot needs to be prepared to recieve an implant. We will take X-Rays and complete a visual inspection of the location where your new tooth will be implanted.
Placing the ImplantOnce we have a plan we will open up your gums and drill a hole to put the implant in. Alignment and placement of this hole is critical to the implant process. We want to avoid damaging surrounding teeth, nerves, etc. as well as make sure the replacement tooth is straight and properly anchored. Once the implant is in place we will close the gums on top of it.
At this point we will also take impressions and check the color of your surrounding teeth to enable us to make a crown to top the implant.
OsseointegrationThis is what allows us to give you replacement teeth. The implant is a little titanium screw with a specially treated surface. Your bones like titanium and will bond to the surface of the implant. This bonding is called Osseointegration.
Attaching the Post & CrownAfter the area around the implant has healed and bonded with the implant we will reopen the gums and attach a post to the implant with a screw. Then we will glue your custom made crown to the post.
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Why get dental implants?
The most common reason to get a replacement tooth implanted is because you are missing a tooth, but there are other reasons you might not know:
OverdenturesDentures can slip and move around if not properly secured. People often do not like taking dentures in and out each day. Using dental implants as an anchor, dentures can be permanently attached to the jaw using multiple implants.
Real TeethWe like our real teeth. Dental implants look and feel more like our real teeth than any other replacement method.
Prevent Bone LossThe bone around empty sockets (missing teeth) can break down over time. This is one of the reasons people need to get new dentures every few years, the bone in their mouth begins to break down without the teeth there. Dental implants can help prevent this bone loss.
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Dental Implant Care
Caring for dental implants is much like caring for your own teeth: Brush, floss and rinse often, visit your dentist for regular checkups, etc. Warning: Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause a dental implant to fail.
Dental Implants, Burbank, CA
Now that you understand the need for dental implants you will probably want to get one. Call us at (818) 748-9998 today to setup a consultation to learn more about if dental implants are right for you.