Can You Use a Dental Implant to Replace Your Missing Tooth?

Looking for bone grafting in Los Angeles? If you are missing one or more teeth, you know how unsightly that gap in your teeth can look. You can get traditional dentures. But, for one or more missing teeth, you should consider getting a dental implant. Dental implants remain the preferred choice of dental professionals and many of their patients. A dental implant is anchored directly into your mouth and functions much like a natural tooth. No one can tell your implant from your regular teeth, so your smile looks the same as usual, but improved due to the tooth being replaced.
If your teeth have been gone a significant amount of time, the jaw in the area of the gap may have deteriorated. If that is the case, you’ll be required to have a bone graft or grinding to prepare your jawbone for the dental implant. A dental implant resembles a tiny titanium screw. A hole is created in your jawbone, and the screw is placed into the jawbone. Once the screw becomes permanently healed securely into the jaw, it becomes a permanent part of your mouth. Then a dental crown is placed atop the dental implant, and your mouth once again looks complete and lovely.

Bone Grafting for Dental Implantation

Bone grafting is used when there is a shortage of bone in the jaw to adequately receive dental implant hardware. During the procedure of grafting bone to the jaw, a section of bone will be taken from another area of your body. Or your dental professional may use a unique bone grafting material to graft onto the desired place on the jawbone. After a few months, the grafted material becomes one with the rest of your jaw, and the dental implant process may continue.

During a dental implant, a cylinder of metal is placed into the bone of the jaw. Next, an abutment is screwed into the metal cylinder. Once these pieces of metal have healed securely in the jaw, a crown is placed on top of the dental implant that looks just like a natural tooth. Your new prosthetic tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth, and last for many years.

For a consultation about bone grafting and dental implants in Los Angeles, please give us a call at 818.788.8787 to discuss whether a dental implant is a right choice for you. You can use your dental insurance’s benefits to benefit your smile before the end of the year.