Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial root that is placed in your jaw in order to replace a tooth has been lost or to hold a new bridge in place. They are a very natural looking solution to missing teeth. Most people can are good candidates for dental implants. It is important to be in good health in general. Also, the supporting bone and gums are very important and should be in relative good health.

There are advantages to dental implants over a conventional bridge or dentures. You do not have to touch adjacent teeth like you do with a bridge. This adds to your piece of mind that your other teeth will not get damaged. Another advantage is that the implant integrates into the bone and stays that way for life. This means that you should never have to replace your implant whereas you would have to replace a bridge a few times in a lifetime. If you are using implants to hold a denture in place, your denture will stay in one place and you will not have to worry about a moving denture or one that causes pain. These are among the many advantages that implants can offer.

Typically, an implant for a single tooth will take about 4 months to complete. Once the implant is placed, a healing period of about 3 months is needed so that the bone can integrate with the implant. After that, the restorative part of the implant will be ready and a crown will be placed on the implant. Dr. Maya will be happy to explain more about it.

When all is finished and you have a crown, a bridge, or new dentures placed into your implants you can expect a lifetime of service from it. Remember, you still have to take care of your teeth and come for regular checkups.

Please call our office at 818.762.0105 or contact us via our website and we will be happy to answer any questions!