Missing teeth can significantly impact oral health, self-confidence, and quality of life. Fortunately, dental implants provide a permanent and reliable solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile's natural function and aesthetics. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from biocompatible materials like titanium.
At La Jolla Dental Group: Mehrack Kajian-Faraji, DDS, we surgically place dental implants into the jawbone and use them as support for various types of restorations, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implant restorations are designed to mimic the function and appearance of natural teeth, providing a long-lasting and comfortable tooth replacement solution.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Implant restorations function like natural teeth, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak confidently. Unlike other tooth replacement options, implants are firmly anchored in the jawbone, providing stability and preventing slipping or discomfort.
Implant restorations blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, creating a natural-looking smile. The crowns or bridges attached to the implants are customized to match the color, shape, and size of your existing teeth, ensuring a harmonious and attractive appearance.
Preservation of Bone Health
When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone may deteriorate over time. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and preserving strength and density. This contributes to the overall health and stability of your oral structures.
Improved Speech and Confidence
Dental implants provide stable support for artificial teeth, eliminating concerns about slippage or difficulties speaking. With implants, you can speak naturally and confidently without worrying about your teeth moving or falling out.
The Dental Implant Procedure
During the implant placement procedure, the dentist in La Jolla, CA will surgically position the implant into the jawbone. The implant will serve as the foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth. Local anesthesia or sedation may be used to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
After implant placement, a process called osseointegration takes place. This involves the gradual fusion of the implant with the surrounding bone, creating a stable and secure foundation. Osseointegration typically takes a few months, allowing the implant to integrate with the jawbone fully.
Once osseointegration is complete, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment serves as the connection between the implant and the artificial tooth or teeth. The final step involves attaching the customized dental crown, bridge, or denture to the abutment. These restorations are designed to match the appearance of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and beautiful smile.
Dental implants offer a permanent and reliable solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring oral function and aesthetics. If you have missing teeth or are considering tooth replacement options, visit La Jolla Dental Group: Mehrack Kajian-Faraji, DDS, at 8950 Villa La Jolla Dr., Suite B120, La Jolla, CA 92037, or call (858) 455-9614 to schedule an appointment. Experience the transformative effects of dental implants and regain your smile, function, and confidence for a lifetime.