Missing teeth can damage your oral health, your appearance, and even your self-confidence. Proudly serving the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Santa Ana, and the Huntington Beach, California, area, Dr. Joseph Kabaklian and his staff of caring dental specialists at Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry offer durable and natural-looking dental implants to replace missing teeth. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
A dental implant provides a base for a durable and natural-looking false tooth where a natural tooth is missing. Implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth.
A dental implant consists of a titanium screw that’s surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath your gums. The implant fuses to your jawbone, and an abutment is attached, providing substantial support for a bridge or crown.
To be a good candidate for dental implants, you must have enough bone to support the implant and healthy gums.
Dental implants offer a number of advantages over other tooth-replacement methods. Dental implants:
With dental implants, your adjacent teeth don’t need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth or teeth in place, which is often necessary with some dental bridges. Dental implants can last a lifetime as long as you receive regular dental checkups and maintain proper dental hygiene. They are a great alternative to dentures.
It’s important to recognize that receiving a dental implant can be a long process, potentially taking up to eight months to complete.
The first step is to make sure there’s enough bone remaining in your jaw to support implants. If not, the site will have to be grafted, which takes about four months to heal. If there is enough bone, Dr. Kabaklian can place the implant, then it takes about four months for the bone to fuse with it, so it can hold the crown securely for years to come.
If you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth, make an appointment with a dental implant specialist — call Dr. Kabaklian at Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry today or book online.