Dental implants are an excellent way to replace one or more missing teeth. They are also an area of specialty of David Shouhed, DDS, and the team at Smile Perfector Dental Group serving the Carthay neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, and the nearby metro region. If you have questions about dental implants or would like more information about the cost, process, and results, book an appointment today. Online booking is fast and easy, or you are always welcome to call the office to find a time that fits your busy life.
When most people think about missing teeth, it’s the aesthetic issues that immediately come to mind. While there is no question that one or more missing teeth can impact your confidence, there are also serious health issues to consider.
Each of your teeth are anchored directly into your bone tissue. Every time you bite down or place pressure on your teeth you are also simulating that bone tissue, which helps keep it healthy and strong.
When you lose a tooth, the underlying bone tissue loses that stimulation. The bone can weaken, and eventually wear away in a process known as resorption. This can weaken the connection with your remaining natural teeth and lead to a cascade of tooth loss and other negative outcomes.
Missing teeth also change your bite. An unbalanced bite places undue pressure on your remaining teeth, which can wear them down or cause them to loosen.
Finally, missing teeth can make it hard to eat a varied diet rich in healthy, whole foods. This can cause a decline in your overall health. You can even notice changes in your speech.
The planning stage is perhaps the most important step in the implant process. Smile Perfector Dental Group uses advanced digital imaging and software to determine the best approach for placing dental implants.
On the day of your appointment, you’ll receive numbing medication to keep you comfortable. If it’s necessary to remove any of your natural teeth, that process occurs first. Bone grafting and other preparatory steps might also occur prior to placing your dental implant.
The next step is securing the post portion of the implant into your bone tissue. A small pilot hole helps guide the implant into place. The crown portion of your implant is manufactured in-house, so you won’t need to wait for it to come in from a dental lab.
Smile Perfector Dental Group offers same-day dentistry, so you might be able to complete your dental implant in one visit. Dr. Shouhed will discuss your implant needs during your one-on-one consultation.
The cost of dental implants may look expensive at first glance, but taking a longer-term view will help you appreciate the value of this restoration option. It’s important to note that dental implants are permanent and often last for the rest of your life.
While advancements in dental technology have led to outstanding denture and bridgework options, these restorations cannot match the strength and durability of dental implants. Dentures and bridges will eventually need to be replaced, and those costs can add up over time.
To learn more, call today to set up a visit, or use the easy online scheduling page to find a time that fits your busy life.
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