Losing a tooth can have a significant effect on your dental health, general health, and quality of life. Tooth loss has been associated with bone loss in the jaw, an increased risk of malocclusions, and decreased self-confidence. Tooth loss has also been linked to cognitive decline, dementia, and other serious health problems. If you have lost a tooth, Dr. Afar and the team at our Los Angeles dental office might recommend dental implants.
Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to replacing lost teeth. They can be used to replace teeth that have been lost due to decay, gum disease, dental trauma, and other dental problems. If you have lost a tooth, have otherwise good dental health, and are healthy enough to undergo routine dental surgery, you might be a candidate for dental implants.
Single Tooth Implant
A single tooth implant is used to replace individual teeth. These implants are designed like a post or screw and usually made of titanium. They are surgically implanted in the jawbone. Over time, the bone will fuse with the implant during a process called osseointegration. Dr. Afar then attaches an abutment to the implant. This abutment will connect the restoration to the implant and complete the tooth replacement process. Porcelain crowns are typically used with single tooth implants.
Multi Dental Implants
Multi dental implants can be used in those who are missing multiple teeth. Several implants can be placed at strategic locations to support dental bridges or dentures, depending on the number of teeth missing and your individual needs. Multi dental implants can be an excellent alternative to conventional dentures, which need to be adjusted periodically, and fixed dental bridges, which rely on adjacent teeth for support.
Full Mouth Implants
Full mouth implants are implants that are used to replace all the teeth in a jaw. These dental implants are placed just as they are with other types of implants, and once the bone has healed, they can be restored using full dentures or full bridges.
Dental implants are long-lasting, natural-looking and feel just like your own teeth. Whether you choose a single tooth implant, multi dental implants, or full mouth implants, you can enjoy the confidence of a healthy new smile, as well as the ability to eat your favorite foods and speak clearly. Call us to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Afar at our Los Angeles dental office.