How Dental Implants Replace Teeth

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What are dental implants? The implant itself is a titanium rod that is inserted directly into the jawbone. The bone actually fuses with the implant through a process known as osseointegration, and if properly maintained, the implant can last a lifetime. Once the implant has fused with the bone, an abutment is placed over it, and a crown is placed over that to replace the visible portion of the tooth.

The main advantage dental implants have over other tooth restorations is that implants replace the entire structure of the tooth. Dental bridges and crowns only replace the part of the tooth you can see. But the root of the tooth will not be replaced, and as a result, the bone can deteriorate can cause your facial features to start to sag. For a more complete restoration, you should pay a visit to our Los Angeles dental implants doctor.

Dental implants are more invasive than other procedures. The implant needs to be placed first, and you will need to wait a few months for the implant to fuse to the bone. You will need to see your dentist against so that the crown can be placed over it. Upon completion, your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your restoration so that it will last as long as possible.

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