Tooth loss is more common than you may think. Across the country, 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth. Fortunately, prosthodontics — or dentistry focused on replacement teeth — offers you several ways to fill the gap in your smile.
Some come with caveats, though. Dentures can be easy to get but feel awkward in your mouth, for example. Bridges function well but need to be replaced every decade or so.
Fortunately, those aren’t your only options. At LA Dentists Group in Glendale, California, our team of prosthodontists offers dental implants. With this choice, you get teeth that look and feel natural — and are designed to last your lifetime.
The dental implant difference comes from the way the tooth is rooted in your mouth. When you choose this option, we implant a metal post into your jawbone. This serves as the root for your replacement tooth or teeth.
This way, the tooth gets all of the stability it needs. As a result, it feels and functions just like your other teeth. You shouldn’t notice any changes in the way you talk or eat once we put the replacement tooth in place.
Plus, dental implants are designed to last your lifetime. With proper care (which just means good at-home oral hygiene and twice-yearly dental cleanings), your implant offers you a permanent solution to the gap in your smile.
If you’re only missing one tooth, a dental implant gives you a way to seamlessly fill the gap in your smile. If you’re missing multiple teeth, we can tailor the right implant scenario to you.
We can often mount several crowns on one post, for example. Or, if you need a full arch of teeth replaced, we offer All-on-4® dental implants, which means we can give you the full arch of teeth mounted on just four posts.
Ultimately, we tailor your dental implant to what your smile needs. We always ensure that the replacement tooth or teeth get color-matched, shaped, and sized precisely to blend beautifully with your smile, too.
Depending on the number of implants you need, getting a dental implant may come with a waiting period. We usually place the post in your jaw, then give it time so the jawbone can integrate it. This gives you the sturdiest possible foundation for your replacement tooth or teeth. Talk with our team and we can let you know what to expect.
To explore whether or not dental implants are right for you, don’t hesitate to call our office or book your appointment online today.