Losing a tooth is a common issue — a large number of people in the United States are missing at least one. It can affect the way your smile looks as well as how powerful your bite is, causing all manner of problems.
At Wilshire Dental, conveniently located on Wilshire Blvd., we work closely with either a local oral surgeon or periodontist who places dental implants while we create the crowns that attach to them.book an appointment
Dental implants are titanium posts attached to abutments that hold the tooth replacement or crowns in place. The titanium post functions as your tooth’s root, anchoring the implant in your jaw.
One of the most concerning aspects of losing a tooth is the impact it has on your jaw bone. Your jaw bone depends on teeth roots to stimulate the continuous creation of bone cells. Without that stimulation, you can start experiencing bone loss. Because the dental implant functions as a tooth’s root, it helps to maintain your bone density.
Another benefit of dental implants is that you don’t lose any of your bite strength. With other options, especially dentures, you don’t get the full power behind your bite, making it difficult to chew. Dental implants are connected to your jaw, so you don’t have any bite strength limitations.
With dental implants, you also don’t have to fuss with adhesives as you would with dentures. You have a permanent solution that allows you to speak without worrying about shifting dentures.
Our trustworthy dentist will examine your mouth, utilizing 3D imaging and digital X-rays, to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, she will refer you to a local oral surgeon or periodontist to help you with the implant placement.
Once the titanium implant post is secure, Dr. Melanie will create a custom abutment and crown that attach to the implant. This requires using 3D imaging to create the crown that looks like your natural tooth and carefully matching the color, shape, and size. Dr. Melanie uses porcelain to create the dental implant crowns.
Once the crown is finished, she will place it on the abutment. You are then able to enjoy having a full bite once more.
You don’t have to live with missing teeth when there are excellent options like dental implants available. By teaming with a leading oral surgeon, Dr. Melanie helps you get the results you deserve. Call Wilshire Dental today to ask about dental implants.