A Dental implant is also known as endosseous implant or fixture is a dental procedure that anchors (small screw) to the jawbone to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or denture. The small screw acts as a replacement tooth root. Dental implants are often used to retain artificial teeth, facial prosthetics or to act as anchor points for orthodontics. This procedure is a great way to correct a missing tooth. It can be for cosmetic reasons or because it affects your speech or chewing. When you have a missing tooth it can also create bone loss around the area of the missing tooth. If you lose your tooth by accident or disease there is a way to restore your smile. Dental implants are choice preferred by many people to eliminate the hassle of dentures, partial dentures and sometimes a choice for people that do not want to have to remove partial structure for a bridge. You can either have a single implant or several implants and also have implants put in to support a full set of dentures.
A natural tooth has two parts the crown, which is the visible part that is covered with white enamel and the root is the second part. The root supports the crown and extends to the jawbone. Dental implant is a procedure using prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. The implant is a post made of titanium that is attached to the jawbone as an anchor for a replacement tooth. Titanium has the unique property of fusing directly to the jawbone. This biological process is called osseointegration and creates firm support for the new man-made teeth without causing a foreign body reaction.
There are different forms of implants widely used in dentistry. A single implant is a stand-alone treatment for an individual tooth. You do not have to treat the tooth next to it. A fixed implant that supports a bridge is a multiple tooth dental prosthesis. The bridge will usually connect to more than one implant and may also connect to teeth as anchor points. A removable implant is what supports dentures. This is a type of dental prosthetic that is not permanently fixed. You can remove the dentures by disconnecting it from the implant abutments.
The support and firm structure of dental implants creates a comfortable more natural feeling. Dental implants are a good value because they can last a lifetime with good care.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical
procedure that places a titanium screw to the jawbone to create a permanent new
root for missing teeth. This interface can support a crown, fixed denture or bridge.
This procedure allows for a new tooth to be placed for a natural permanent solution.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are not fixed they are removable and take a lot of care to maintain.
They are bulky and cover the pallet. Dental implants are fixed and a permanent
replacement for missing teeth. They are natural looking and are cared for like
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are the most natural looking solution for missing teeth. They look,
feel and are maintained like natural teeth.
Who can place a dental implant?
Dr. Torabi or a periodontist may be able to perform this procedure. If they are not
able to they will recommend you to an implantologist, cosmetic dentist or another
professional that can perform dental implants.
How much do implants cost?
The price of dental implants varies based on case per case. Depending on the
number of implants and amount of insurance coverage. You can schedule a
consultation with your doctor to see what your case will cost you.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. You will be given local anesthetics before the surgery this will ensure that the
procedure is pain free. If you have problems with anxiety you can discuss sedation
options with Dr. Torabi.
How long do implants last?
The great thing about dental implants is they can last a lifetime. Following the best
practices, techniques, materials, and care these implants can be long lasting.
Los Angeles Dental Implant Dentist, Dr. Torabi, serves clients from Los Angeles, CA and many other neighboring cities. Many people search for the “best dental implants.” We invite you to call Dr. Cameron Torabi to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Torabi will explain all of the options and features of implant dentistry, so that you can decide what is best for you.