Missing teeth can damage your oral health, your appearance, and even your self-confidence. Proudly serving the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Santa Ana, and the Huntington Beach, California, area, Dr. Joseph Kabaklian and his staff of caring dental specialists at Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry offer durable and natural-looking dental implants to replace missing teeth. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
A dental implant provides a base for a durable and natural-looking false tooth where a natural tooth is missing. Implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth.
A dental implant consists of a titanium screw that’s surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath your gums. The implant fuses to your jawbone, and an abutment is attached, providing substantial support for a bridge or crown.
To be a good candidate for dental implants, you must have enough bone to support the implant and healthy gums.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a number of advantages over other tooth-replacement methods. Dental implants:
- Look, feel, and function like your natural teeth
- Are low-maintenance and don’t need to be removed to brush your teeth
- Don’t interfere with speaking, eating, or smiling the way dentures do
- Allow you to bite and chew naturally, with limited restrictions on what you can eat
- Can’t get cavities like your natural teeth can
- Can last a lifetime with proper care and hygiene
With dental implants, your adjacent teeth don’t need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth or teeth in place, which is often necessary with some dental bridges. Dental implants can last a lifetime as long as you receive regular dental checkups and maintain proper dental hygiene. They are a great alternative to dentures.
What should I consider before getting a dental implant?
It’s important to recognize that receiving a dental implant can be a long process, potentially taking up to eight months to complete.
The first step is to make sure there’s enough bone remaining in your jaw to support implants. If not, the site will have to be grafted, which takes about four months to heal. If there is enough bone, Dr. Kabaklian can place the implant, then it takes about four months for the bone to fuse with it, so it can hold the crown securely for years to come.
If you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth, make an appointment with a dental implant specialist — call Dr. Kabaklian at Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry today or book online.