It’s natural to have plenty of questions about dental implants. As you consider this restorative dentistry treatment for replacing both the roots and crowns of missing teeth, rely on the dental expertise from the gentle and experienced team at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA.
How many dental implants can I get?
There are single-tooth and multi-tooth dental implant replacement treatments. No matter which you qualify for, your dentist will only green light these procedures if you have sufficient bone density and healthy gums.
One missing tooth can be permanently replaced by a dental implant and fill an unwanted hole in your smile, protecting you from enamel erosion, damaged teeth, tissue damage, and an unsightly smile. If you are missing several teeth or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants can be combined with denture implants, sometimes known as All-On-4, for a strong combination that replaces your missing teeth without covering the palate or requiring adhesives.
What do dental implants feel like?
Once the dental implant is in place, you will not feel it. The only thing you’ll notice is that the place where you once had a hole in your smile is now filled. Once the procedure and healing are complete, the implant will feel like it has always been part of your mouth and you can bite, chew, and speak confidently.
What is the dental implant procedure?
The dental implant procedure is complex and lengthy. Multiple visits to your Los Angeles dentist will be necessary but most of your time will be spent waiting for the surgical area to fully heal. Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for this restorative dentistry treatment, here is what you can expect from start to finish:
- Implantation: The dental implant is surgically implanted in the jawbone, topped with an abutment, and given a temporary crown or denture. Surgery usually takes a few hours.
- Healing: The jawbone and implant must fuse together to make sure the repair is solidly and permanently in place. This could take several months.
- Finalization: The permanent dental restoration – whether crown, denture, or bridge – is secured in place.
How long does a dental implant last?
Dental implants are a permanent dental restoration, which means if you take care of your teeth with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your Los Angeles dentist for checkups and teeth cleanings, this repair can last a lifetime. The crown on the implant can last for decades with the same kind of care.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
Only your Los Angeles dentist can tell you for sure if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, and this is after a thorough exam, review of oral health and medical history, and several x-rays and digital images. Here is what else you need to know:
- Most people who are missing a tooth or teeth qualify for implants, regardless of age.
- However, you must have a strong jawbone to hold the implant.
- Your entire mouth must be free of infection or disease.
- Gum disease or other problems will not prevent you from getting dental implants but you will need repairs first.
- Even if you do not qualify for dental implants, there is always a way to replace missing teeth and complete your smile.
Get Dental Implants in Los Angeles
Your dentist is your best resource when it comes to dental implant frequently asked questions. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Don Mungcal or a member of his dental team to learn more about all the restorative dentistry options that can work for you. Contact us today.
Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan
With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal makes it his responsibility to be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.
Dr. Mungcal graduated from UCLA and the University of the Pacific Dental School and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society.
Dr. Tara Mavadat was always passionate about dentistry and is committed to helping patients achieve excellent oral health and beautiful smiles that last long. Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, she focuses on comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive dentistry. Her primary goals are to provide comfort and quality as well as exceptional esthetic outcomes to every patient.
Dr. Ivan Chan is enthusiastic about dentistry and his patients' oral health and is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. He is a highly skilled dentist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr. Chan has extensive training in general dentistry. He focuses on creating lasting smiles while attempting to prevent gum disease and cavities. He looks forward to assisting you with all your needs while assuring you that your trust is always in good hands, regardless of your needs!