What Are Dental Implants Made Out of?
A dental implant consists of high-quality materials designed to last a lifetime. The implant post is made of medical-grade titanium. Titanium is highly biocompatible, making them a popular choice for many healthcare needs.
It’s possible to have a titanium allergy, although rare. In these cases, we offer ceramic, or zirconia, dental implants. These implants are made of a non-titanium material and provide the same fantastic benefits of implant dentistry.
The connecting abutment is similarly made of titanium. We can use other materials such as zirconia or gold. This piece connects the post to the crown and is placed once your post has successfully healed and fused to the jaw bone.
Finally, the crown can be made from many materials. These include ceramic, porcelain, gold, silver, or metal alloy. Your restorative dentist, or general dentist, will fabricate the crown to blend in with your other teeth. A tremendous advantage to dental implants is that they look just like your other natural teeth.
The dental implant surgery itself is quick and easy when performed by experts. We can perform simple surgical procedures using only local anesthesia, but also offer many other types of anesthesia for your comfort. The success rate of dental implants is very high and our team will help you maximize the benefits of your tooth replacement.
When you visit Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our board-certified surgeons will help determine the right type of dental implant for your needs. We will create a custom treatment plan and guide you through every step of your oral surgery journey with us. To schedule your appointment, contact our office in Los Angeles, CA, today.
Types of Dental Implants We Offer
We will go over the details of your dental implant treatment prior to any surgical appointments. This is to keep you as informed as possible throughout every step of your oral surgery journey. The specifics of your treatment will vary depending on how many teeth you need to replace and if you require additional procedures, such as bone grafting or tooth extraction. The dental implants we offer include:
- Single Dental Implants. One post, abutment, and crown work together to replace a single missing tooth. You can use a dental implant to restore a canine tooth, front tooth, or molar.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. To place a traditional bridge, your surgeon or dentist must grind down your healthy teeth to support the bridge. Instead, dental implants can support a bridge to protect your other teeth. This is ideal if you are missing multiple teeth beside each other.
- Immediate Implants. Same-day dental implants save time and money by restoring a tooth at the same visit as a tooth extraction.
- Full-Arch Restoration. We secure a permanent denture using dental implants in one or both dental arches. The results are a natural-looking, healthy, and fully functioning smile you can immediately enjoy.
When you visit us in Los Angeles, we will take 3D scans of your teeth and discuss your anesthesia options. Prior to receiving dental implants, we use these scans to create detailed surgical guides and plan out the specifics of your surgery, reducing the chances for surprises.
All of our oral surgeons are board-certified and are the experts in Los Angeles in replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Schedule your appointment with us today to see how our incredibly talented surgeons and staff can bring confidence and health back to your smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone, they provide the necessary stimulation to keep the bone strong. Without an implant post or tooth root, the jaw bone does not receive the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and will deteriorate over time. This can lead to other teeth shifting out of place and sagging facial features.
Tooth loss can lead to other serious issues, such as damage to gum tissue, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. Dental implants are easy to care for. Simply brush and floss them regularly and attend checkups with your dentist to ensure your replacement teeth last a lifetime.
Patients who opt for removable dentures and bridges must replace them every few years because of wear and tear. If you do not have your dentures professionally fitted, they can slide around in your mouth and cause sores. Many patients find dentures to be clunky and feel embarrassed when having to remove them during meals. Often cheaper upfront, removable dentures can be more costly in the long run by leading to severe bone loss, dental shifting, and having to replace the prosthesis multiple times.
By choosing dental implants over removable dentures as your replacement teeth, you are protecting your oral health. Many patients cannot tell which tooth is the implant because of how natural it feels and looks. You will enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about moving parts or discomfort.
Even more conveniently, dental implants are an option for patients of any age with any number of missing teeth. The only requirement is that you have enough healthy jaw bone to support the implant. If you do not, your surgeon can place a bone graft where it is needed to help regrow bone. Once fully healed, you will be ready to achieve the complete and healthier smile you’ve always wanted.
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