When patients lose a tooth, they often want it replaced immediately. It’s understandable that they would feel this way. Many people feel that their smile defines who they are and that it is their greatest asset. When a tooth is lost, it can leave more than just a gap in their smile, it can negatively affect their self-confidence as well.
There are many options for replacing missing teeth – a dental bridge, dentures, and dental implants – and they all have their own advantages. Dental implants are popular for patients who want a permanent solution that looks, feels, and functions just like their natural tooth. Implants are also preferred by many patients because they can be inserted without altering the nearby teeth.
Dr. Don Mungcal has been treating patients in Downtown Los Angeles with dental implants for more than 15 years. With his skill and expertise, patients have a replacement tooth that is strong and secure and that will last for many, many years. Patients can trust in their care, knowing that Dr. Mungcal and his team will be with them every step of the way.
The process for receiving a dental implant can take several weeks to a few months as it includes time for the mouth to heal. The very first step is having your mouth examined by Dr. Mungcal to determine if implants are the best option for your situation. Once you and Dr. Mungcal agree that implants are the right path, he will insert the replacement root – a small metal rod – through a small incision in your gums. Using advanced technology in advance of the procedure makes the surgery quick and accurate. Local anesthesia will be used to ensure that the area is completely numb. Patients who have great anxiety about dental procedures can also discuss sedation options with Dr. Mungcal.
Following the insertion of the replacement root, you will be given a temporary crown to protect the implant while the bone adheres to it. The temporary crown will be removed once the implant is firmly attached to the bone and a final restoration will be placed. The entire process can take several months, but once complete, the tooth will be strong and secure. Patients with implants are able to eat, speak, and smile just like before their tooth was lost.
If you have a tooth that’s missing, isn’t it time to have it replaced and get back your happy smile? Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mungcal. Downtown Dental is the name you could trust and be confident in with dental health, implants, Invisalign, TMJ, cosmetic, sedation in Downtown Los Angeles.