Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. They're made of titanium and anchor into your jawbone to replace your natural tooth roots. At Whittier Dental Center, your dentist places your dental implants into the sockets of your missing teeth. Your jawbone then grows around the implants, fusing with them. This fusion process can take up to six months.
Once you heal, your dentist attaches an abutment piece to your implant that connects to a dental implant restoration, like a crown or bridge.
Dental implants are durable and strong, mimicking the strength of permanent teeth.
If you’re missing one or more teeth or have one that needs to be extracted (pulled), dental implants might be right for you. You need to have a few key things in place to get a dental implant, including:
If you have treatable conditions like tooth decay, these conditions must be taken care of before your implant procedure. If you smoke, you need to quit to increase the chance of your implant successfully fusing.
During your consultation, the Whittier Dental team can determine if dental implants are the best solution for you.
Dental implants that are placed into a strong jawbone can last for the rest of your life.
To ensure their safety, keep your implants well-maintained. Have routine checkups with the Whittier Dental Center team and practice good oral hygiene. If you don’t take care of your implants, you can develop gum disease just like you would with your natural teeth.
Dental implants are a safe choice if you intend to diligently take care of them.
Dental implants offer many benefits by:
Dental implants are also permanent, unlike dentures that require you to wear special adhesives and remove them for cleaning. You care for your dental implants just like you care for your natural teeth.
Call Whittier Dental Center today or book your appointment online to learn more about dental implants.