Dental implants are the contemporary solution to missing teeth. More and more people are curious to know how to get these artificial teeth are fixed and what are the benefits. Well trained and specialized dental surgeons are the only ones certified to perform Implants Dentistry Los Angeles and clients should seek this qualification before visiting a dentist.
Dental Implant Centre is well known to provide the best dental implant services in the city with a fully equipped dental office and skilled personnel. Implant dentistry may require a couple of sessions with the dentist but after the procedures, the implants are bound to last for a very long time.
Who qualifies for implant dentistry
Many people ask whether they are fit for implant dentistry and whether it is safe for them to get dental implants. Implant dentistry is completely safe for adults and teenagers who have lost permanent teeth. Children, on the other hand, are not viable for dental implants because their gum and jaw bone are not fully developed. For you to be eligible for a dental implant, you need to have sufficient jawbone for the dental implant to osseointegrate (fuse with the jawbone).
Patients with gum disease are also not advised to have dental implants. Weak or infected gums may lead to implant failure due to the poor structure holding the implant in place. Good oral hygiene is essential for dental implants to remain firm in the jawbone.
In Implant Dentistry Los Angeles, the dental implant is surgically placed inside the underlying jaw bone where it is held firmly after the bone heals naturally. The dental implant has a titanium-based root that ensures the artificial tooth is fixed strongly in the bone. During surgery, the dentist will slice the gum slightly to expose the bone after which drills a small hole where the root of the dental implant will be fixed.
This hole is narrow but deep to ensure that the dental implant is tightly held in place. The bone is then left to heal for a period of around 5 weeks. After the healing process, another session at the dentist is required for the abutment (under-surface of the dental crown) to be placed on the root of the implant. This procedure takes a short time and is done under local anesthesia. After this, the crown is placed after a few days of healing.
When do you need a bone graft
Some people have a weak jaw bone or one which is too soft that cannot hold a dental implant in place. Since implant dentistry can’t be performed on a weak jaw bone, bone grafting is recommended. In bone grafting, the dentist removes a piece of bone from another part of the body and surgically places it on top of the jawbone. If this is not possible, the dentist can opt for an artificial bone to be placed instead. A bone graft is important to protect the jawbone from pain or irritation due to excessive pressure when chewing and biting. After the graft heals, the implant procedure can now proceed.