Missing teeth can affect both the health and appearance of your smile. If you have some missing teeth, Newport Beach dental implants specialists from Enamel, General & Cosmetic Dentistry offer state of the art dental implants to restore your beautiful smile. Dr. Joseph Kabaklian and his team of caring dental specialists provide long-lasting and natural-appearing dental implants to restore your missing teeth. Whether you need one tooth replaced or a full arch rehabilitation, schedule a visit online or by phone to learn more about the services offered by Enamel, General & Cosmetic Dentistry.
Why should you replace missing teeth?
Your mouth is designed to work with all the teeth working together coherently, and when one or more teeth are missing, your entire system might suffer. Missing teeth leave a hole in your smile where the other teeth can drift, altering the alignment of your bites and causing excessive wear and tear on your teeth and jaw problems.
The roots of your teeth provide natural strength to the jawbone. When some of your teeth are missing, the jawbone lacks the stimulation, which causes bone loss as the jaw does not regenerate enough new tissue.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically embedded into your jawbone by a specialist. The roots are made from biocompatible materials that your body does not identify as foreign material, enabling the implant to join with your jawbone as you recover.
Most dental implants are made from titanium, but Enamel, General & Cosmetic Dentistry also offers other metal-free alternatives for patients with autoimmune diseases and allergies. Once connected with your jawbone, your implant offers a strong base for a dentist to place a restoration, like dentures, bridges, or crowns. The combination of the implant and restoration gives you implanted teeth that function, feel, and look like real teeth.
How is a dental implant conducted?
Your doctor will first conduct a comprehensive examination of your dental and overall health to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you qualify, your physician will discuss your sedation and anesthesia needs in order to make sure that you have a procedure that is as comfortable as possible. Depending on your needs, an intravenous sedation might be recommended.
Then, your doctor will make an incision in your gum and drill a hole into your jawbone. The implant is then placed in the hole, and the incision site is sutured up. Within the next three to six months, your jawbone fuses with the implants. During this time, your doctor gives you some dentures so that you don’t remain toothless.
In order to attach your restoration, like a denture, bridge, or crown, your specialist has to connect your implants to an abutment. When the implants and the abutment are firmly fused with your jawbone, your doctor connects your restoration and holds it in place on the abutment.
Doctors at Enamelc General & Cosmetic Dentistry evaluate their patients on a case-by-case basis and do their best to ensure that the implant process is effective and safe. Schedule an appointment today by calling their office or book online.