Facts about Dental Implants
A dental implant is your best bet for replacing a missing tooth. No other tooth replacement option so closely mimics the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth.
A dental implant will actually replace both the missing tooth and its root. Surgery is required in order to place a dental implant. During the placement surgery, the surgeon will first cut an incision into the gums at the site where the missing tooth was located. Once the bone is exposed, the surgeon will drill a hole into the jawbone. The implant will then be inserted into the hole and the gums will be closed. The implant will remain covered for three to six months, as the process of osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration occurs when the bone fuses with the implant.
Once everything has fully healed, the patient will return to the surgeon. The surgeon will then cut the gum open again to reveal the implant. The surgeon will then attach a piece called an abutment to the implant. The gum will be closed around the abutment, but will not cover it. After the patient has fully healed, a dental crown will be placed on the abutment. In some cases the abutment will already be attached to the implant during the first placement surgery, so the additional surgery to place the abutment will not be necessary.
With proper hygiene and maintenance, a dental implant can last the patient an entire lifetime. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, bruxism, a history of radiation therapy, and certain systemic disorders like diabetes and osteoporosis are the leading causes of implant failure. That being said, the success rate is still very high for most patients.
If you would like to replace your missing tooth with an implant, contact our dental implants dentist in West Hollywood to schedule a consultation.
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