Dental Implants in Lakewood CA
Teeth loss is one of the most undesirable conditions for your oral health. When you lose a tooth, there is an imbalance created in the dentition. Your ability to chew and bite food is compromised and your chewing efficiency reduces. There is more bite load acting on the surrounding teeth which can cause tooth wear. If you have lost a front tooth your smile may be shattered. A dental restoration is required as a solution to all these problems. Dental implant is an advanced restoration that can finely fulfill the functional and aesthetic gap that is caused from tooth loss. Dr. Noor is specially trained in the field of implant dentistry. our surgeries have helped replace lost teeth in many patients from Lakewood and surrounding communities.
What happens when a lost tooth is not restored?
When a tooth is lost, the root of the tooth is also gone along with it forever. The root of a tooth is responsible for stimulation of supporting bone. The bite load on the tooth is transferred to the supporting bone through the tooth root. This action keeps the bone healthy. The loss of tooth causes resorption of supporting bone which is unfavorable to dental health.
The gap that results from tooth loss causes nearby teeth to shift positions. This may lead to bad bite. The gap can also attract more food particles and cause gum infection.
The chewing efficiency reduces to some extent. When a few teeth are missing, the person may lose confidence to eat hard food items.
How is a lost tooth restored using dental implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium or Zirconium. They are designed to replace lost tooth root. The implant is surgically placed in the supporting bone where it fuses with bone tissues. Through the process of Osseointegration, it becomes a functional part of supporting bone. An implant supports dental crown that replaces lost tooth.
During the first visit, our dentist performs a thorough check of oral health. We make a note of patient's medical conditions. Patient with uncontrolled diabetes and patients who have undergone radiation therapy in head and neck region may have to be thoroughly diagnosed before performing the surgery. We check the status of supporting bone using X-rays. The bone may have to be rebuilt if it does not have enough volume. On confirmation that the patient is fit to undergo dental implant surgery, we set a treatment plan.
The restoration involves two phases. The first phase is where the implant is surgically placed in the supporting bone. Local anesthesia is used to numb the surgical site and sedation techniques help keep the patient relaxed. An incision is made in the gums to open a flap and create a bony recess in the supporting bone using dental drills. The implant is torqued in position. The gums are sutured back and the implant is capped. The restoration is left to heal for next few months. During this period the implant bonds with the bone.
In the second phase, we check if the implant is bonded with the supporting bone. We take impressions of teeth and get a crown fabricated in the lab. The implant cap is removed and an abutment is fixed over the implant. The crown is finally bonded over the implant. We guide patients on how to care for the implanted tooth. With proper care patients can preserve their artificial tooth replacement for a lifetime.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
No, it is usually done under the local anesthesia in our dental office. Once the anesthesia takes effect, you shouldn’t feel anything.
A dental implant is a post designed to replace lost tooth root. It is made up of titanium. For more than three decades, dental implants have been used successfully with people just like you. Good oral hygiene is one of the important factors in ensuring that implants last long.
Once the existing tooth is extracted, you have to wait at least 3 months for the bone to heal and the body to get ready for implant placement. That's standard wait healing time. After that, you can have a pre-implant placement visit. At this visit, you should have an x-ray of the bone to determine if the density of the bone is adequate and further you can continue your implant treatment.