When a person is missing a tooth or missing several teeth, it can have a major effect on a person’s appearance. In addition to this, a missing tooth or several missing teeth can also have an adverse effect on a person’s overall dental health. In the area of a tooth gap, your gums may recede or your jaw bone may experience a loss in bone density. Your surrounding teeth may also shift slightly out of their current position.
Los Angeles cosmetic dentist Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen can help you avoid these aesthetic and health issues through the use of dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into your jawbone and gum tissue in order to support an artificial tooth, dental bridges, or dentures. Let’s take a brief look at the implant dentistry process so you know what to expect.
The first step will involve oral surgery to place the dental implant or dental implants. During this process, the implants are essentially anchored into place in both your bone and soft tissues. The surgery will involve minimal discomfort as you will be properly sedated prior to surgery. Your dental implant will be capped with a temporary dental restoration following surgery.
The next step of the Los Angeles dental implants process is a healing period known as osseointegration. Osseointegration describes the process by which the dental implant will be integrated into your jaw and gum structures. It’s important that process takes place since the dental implants are meant to function just as your natural tooth roots would.
The final step of the process will be the fashioning the permanent dental restoration for the dental implant. This permanent dental restoration (whether a single artificial tooth or a dental bridge or dentures) will be placed once the osseointegration period is complete.
For more information about dental implants and what options are available for addressing missing teeth, contact our Orange, CA cosmetic dentistry office today.