If a procedure like dental implants has been suggested to you by your dentist you may have been spurred to do more independent research on what dental implants are and why you need them. Dental implants can be a great alternative for a denture or a dental bridge. The dental implant works as an artificial replacement for a natural tooth or tooth root. It also offers more stability and comfort that you would find with dentures. A dental implant allows you to chew your food in comfort and can even work to improve your speech or facial appearance. If you are looking for a Los Angeles implant dentist, you can trust Dr. Dr. Mobasser with his over 30 years of experience in the dental field.
To go deeper into what a dental implant actually is, it’s a manufactured anchor that closely resembles screws or cylinders. It can be used in the upper or lower jaws and they are surgically inserted into the jawbone to act as a stable base for the replacement of your tooth with an artificial one. The implant then acts at the root for the tooth and the faux tooth placed there will appear as natural as the rest of your teeth. Unlike with dentures, the implants that you have placed don’t have to be removed overnight for cleaning or lengthy soaking. There’s also no need for adhesive bonds to be used and you won’t have to anchor it to your existing healthy teeth.
Implant surgery takes three steps that are performed in a dental office. The first of these steps is that your dentist will surgically place the implant into your jawbone. That implant will then be covered and remain covered for 3 to six months. This is so that the bone can develop around the implant which allows it to stay in place. After the bone has been given time to develop in those months the dentist will then uncover it. From there they will attach an extension or a “post”. The gum tissue around the post will then have to heal with can take a few more months to complete. The third stage in the process is the implant finally being used as a foundation for the new teeth. The dentist will use an artificial tooth or crown which will then be attached to the implant post. The entire process can take about nine months to complete depending upon the case of the patient and their ability to heal.
If you have healthy gums, the good bone structure you can be a good candidate for dental implants. Depending on where the implant needs to be in your mouth there is an 85-90 percent chance that an implant will be successful. However, implants are less successful for people who grind their teeth, smoke, clench their teeth or have a history of radiation therapy. Additionally, patients that have diabetes or osteoporosis may have bone loss in the jaw which can be a risk of complications. If you think that dental implants might be a good route for you to take you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Mobasser. He has over thirty years of experience in the dental industry and can discuss with you the best possibilities for your oral health.