Dental Implants

Fuller Smiles

Dental Clinics located in Culver City, Rancho Cucamonga, and Long Beach CA

Dental implants are a more permanent, durable option for replacing badly damaged or missing teeth. This surgical option can take longer than crowns or bridgework to complete, but the results are worth the wait. For more information on dental implants, call Fuller Smiles today or make an appointment online to visit their office in Long Beach, Culver City, or Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Dental Implants

What is dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery is used to replace a tooth that’s missing, or that’s been too badly damaged to save with a crown or filling. During dental implant surgery, a titanium root is installed and fuses directly into the jawbone to replace the tooth’s natural root. A crown, or artificial tooth, sits atop this titanium root to mimic the function and appearance of a natural tooth.

While installing a dental implant is more involved than having a crown or bridge put in, dental implants are a durable, long-lasting alternative, and they may be an option even when crowns or bridges can’t support your surrounding teeth.

Why would I need a dental implant?

If you’re missing a tooth, have a badly broken or decayed tooth, or have just recently had a major root canal procedure and your natural tooth is not salvageable, a dental implant may be your only option. Dental implants are often used when the surrounding teeth are not healthy enough to support a bridge, or when a secure fit can’t be achieved with a bridge. Dental implants won’t move, shift, or make noise in your mouth the way bridges or dentures can.

To have a dental implant installed, the jawbone beneath it must be healthy and stable enough to support the implant. In cases where the jawbone is too soft or too thin to support the implant, bone grafting can be used to add support.

What are the benefits of a dental implant?

Dental implants are an excellent option for people who want a durable, long-lasting solution to a missing or broken tooth. A dental implant can:

  • Help you speak clearly
  • Help you eat comfortably
  • Stop other teeth from shifting and moving within the jawbone
  • Withstand more wear and tear than bridgework or dentures

While installing a dental implant can be a more involved procedure than having a bridge put in, the lasting results speak for themselves.

What’s it like to get a dental implant?

Dental implant surgery occurs during multiple visits to Fuller Smiles spread out over several months. During your first visit, you receive sedation, so your dentist can place the implant. The first step of implant surgery is to remove any remnants of the tooth that’s being replaced if they exist. This can mean removing pieces of broken tooth or separating the root from the socket. Once complete, any jawbone grafting that’s necessary will be performed.

Your dentist will then place the dental implant so that the bone can begin healing around it and securing it in place. This will take at least a few weeks, and when the healing is complete, you’ll return to Fuller Smiles so that an abutment and a crown can be placed on top of the implant, completing it. Once the implant is fully secured, it should stay in place just like a regular tooth.

If you need a dental implant, call Fuller Smiles today, or make an appointment online.