Replace a Missing Tooth with Single Implants
One dental implant is made up of three parts that work together. A titanium implant post, an abutment, and a crown are used to replace a missing or failing tooth with a permanent, natural-looking replacement tooth. We design this tooth replacement option to look and feel just like a natural tooth while providing the same function as a healthy adult tooth.
At Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our team of board-certified oral surgeons offers many types of replacement teeth to suit your individual needs. This includes single dental implants, which are ideal for patients looking to replace one or more missing teeth anywhere in the mouth. Dental implants are versatile and can be made to replace canines, front teeth, and even molars.
Immediate Dental Implants
Immediate dental implants, also called same-day dental implants, are an ideal option to replace a tooth if you are undergoing a general tooth extraction. Our oral surgeons can insert a dental implant post on the same day as your extraction. This allows you to immediately replace the missing tooth and reduces the number of appointments necessary to do so, saving you time and money.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that fuses to the jaw bone, preventing bone loss. As long as you have enough adequate jaw bone to support the implant, you’re a candidate for dental implants. If not, we can insert a bone graft to help stimulate the jaw to produce more bone. With their high success rates and versatility, dental implants remain the most popular and healthiest solution for one or more missing teeth.
If several teeth are missing next to each other in the dental arch, an implant-supported bridge can be used to cosmetically and functionally restore the teeth. This is much healthier than a traditional bridge, which requires your surgeon to grind down your natural teeth to support it.
Patients who do not choose dental implants may opt for removable partial dentures. These can replace a single tooth or many teeth and can be attached with fixed bridges. However, these options only cosmetically restore your smile. There is no piece mimicking the tooth root, leaving your oral health at risk. Gum tissue may recede and bone loss can occur due to the lack of stimulation.
Can I Get a Dental Implant Years After an Extraction?
Dental implants can be placed at any age regardless of how many years have passed since a tooth was extracted. As long as there is enough jaw bone to support it, you can receive a dental implant at any point in life.
When an adult tooth falls out, decays, or is extracted, there is no root in its place to stimulate the jaw. Over time, this causes the jaw bone to deteriorate. A weakened jaw can cause dental shifting, sagging facial features, and lead to more severe bone repair surgery. You can prevent bone loss associated with tooth loss by replacing missing teeth with dental implants. They are permanent, strong, and look just like your other teeth.
Patients missing many or all of their teeth can achieve a fully functioning smile through full-arch restoration. This procedure uses several dental implants to hold a fixed denture, allowing you to leave our office with a new, complete, and natural-looking smile.