Los Angeles dentist explains the purpose of a dental implant
Tooth loss can be devastating. It affects the appearance of your smile by leaving a gap in your mouth. Functional problems with eating or speaking can occur as can bone loss. Dental implants are an option to replace missing teeth restore the look and function of the smile. Los Angeles dentist Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental offers the dental implant procedure to qualifying patients.
Dental implants effectively replace missing teeth.
Made of titanium, implants are posts or cylinders that replace missing teeth. Implants are sturdy and provide a level of security and stability not found with other dental restorations. Functionally, they mimic the tooth root and thus feel like natural teeth. Advantages of dental implants include the following:
- Depending on a patient’s need, a single tooth or multiple teeth may be replaced with implants.
- Unlike other restorations that only replace the visible tooth, implants replace the root, or the unseen portion. Without a tooth or root, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. Implants stimulate and maintain the health of the bone.
- Due to their placement, implants are secured in the bone and feel natural.
- When topped with a crown or denture, implants restore the function and appearance of a natural smile. Patients can eat, speak, and smile normally once more.
- With proper dental care, implants can last a lifetime.
The dental implant process
The process from start to finish takes several months. Using state-of-the-art equipment, Dr. Mungcal must first determine that you have enough health bone to support the dental implant. If you are a qualified candidate, the implant is positioned to replace the missing tooth. In about three to six months, the bone and gums heal around the implant. The abutment and restoration are placed resulting in a beautiful smile.
Consider dental implants to restore the health and appearance of your smile. Contact Downtown Dental today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mungcal. (213) 863-9464