You may have heard of dental implants or you have been recommended for their benefits. Yet, a lot of people don’t know how they work. Dental implants are just like natural teeth in the way they feel, work and look, putting them several steps ahead of other currently available tooth restoration options.
An implant is a screw-like device that is made with titanium or other biocompatible materials. It is inserted surgically into the jawbone, where it will act as a new tooth root. Once the implant has been placed in the bone, the gums will be sutured, or stitched, so that you will be allowed to heal. During the healing process, your implant will be osseointegrated into the bone. This means that the bone tissue will fuse with the implant. In most cases, healing takes place over a few weeks to several months.
Once the osseointegration process is complete, the implant will be uncovered, and an abutment, or a connector, will be attached to the implant. This allows the implant to be fused with the restoration of your choice, which could be a porcelain crown, a bridge or a denture.
The implant can last as long as you do, just as long as you take care of it. You will not need any special routines or maintenance, but you will need to brush and floss the restoration regularly to keep up with good dental hygiene. While the implant will not decay as natural teeth do, keeping it clean is vital because it helps prevent inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissues. Call us to schedule your consultation with our expert in dental implants in Los Angeles.