In the past, it was expected that everyone would lose at least one tooth throughout the course of a lifetime. Many people even lost all of their teeth. Thanks to better knowledge about dental health practices, more people than ever before are able to hang onto all of their teeth for life. But that does not mean losing a tooth is impossible. In the event of a missing tooth, talk to a Los Angeles dental implant expert about your options.
There are several ways of replacing a tooth. Dental bridges and dentures are very popular options, but many patients find success with a dental implant, which is a titanium rod that is inserted directly into your jawbone. The bone fuses with the rod, and this serves as the new tooth root. A crown is then placed on top to replace the visible portion of the tooth. The main difference between dental implants and other restorations is that the entire tooth structure is being replaced.
When several teeth have been lost, multiple dental implants will be necessary to preserve your oral health. But a single dental implant is often all that is needed when just one tooth is missing. Our expert in single dental implants in Los Angeles can evaluate your entire dental health to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.