A dental implant is a preferred tooth replacement method. It becomes part of your body, restoring appearance and function completely natural look and feel.As a result, this technique is quickly replacing the dental bridge and partial denture in popularity. What is the right age to get dental implants? Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA shares this insight.
Is my child too young for a dental implant?
Possibly. Children begin to get secondary teeth at about six years of age, so kids and teens can lose permanent teeth just like adults. However, their jaws are still growing. Bone may not bond properly with a dental implant, and the implant could shift out of proper position. Usually, a temporary tooth replacement option is in order, until jaw growth is complete. At that time, Dr. Mungcal can address bone loss if any has occurred, and place an implant for long-term success.
Are elderly patients good candidates?
Generally, yes! With advances in medicine, our population is living longer – into our 90s – and staying active and social. Typically, older patients have the same dental implant success predictability as younger individuals. For example, osteoporosis is not a factor, and insufficient jawbone density can be supplemented with grafting.
A healthy mouth has a big impact on quality of life for seniors. Implant-supported dentures are becoming the standard of care. They fit with an amazing level of comfort and stability. Implant dentures also help to preserve healthy jawbone for a full, more youthful facial appearance.
How about now?
If you are missing a tooth or need to have one extracted, NOW is definitely a good time to see Dr. Mungcal for dental implant evaluation. With good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, your replacement tooth can last a lifetime. Call 213-863-9464.
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Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan
As the cornerstone and founder of Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal
is a proactive and
exceptionally talented dentist who is determined to contribute to the health and wellbeing of his community by
attending to their dental care needs.
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.
graduated from UCLA
and the University of the Pacific Dental
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!