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What are Dental Implants?

what are dental implantsWhat are dental implants? People often ask this question when they are trying to learn more about their tooth replacement options. Losing a tooth can be an emotionally traumatic event and can threaten your dental health, but it continues to be common in older adults, largely due to periodontal disease and decay. Dental experts recommend replacing lost teeth with dental implants whenever possible since implants are the only type of restoration that function like a natural tooth.

An implant is a piece of titanium that is shaped like a screw or a rod. It is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Once it is in the jawbone, the bone tissue grows into and around the rough or grooved titanium surface to stabilize the implant and create a new root for your replacement tooth. At your consultation, we will explain what are dental implants, how they work, and how they can change your life.

An implant can be used in several ways to replace your lost tooth or teeth. Implants and crowns can replace individual teeth while several implants can be used with dental bridges or dentures to replace many missing teeth. The type of implant and restoration you need will depend largely on your specific needs.

If you are interested in learning more about what are dental implants, we can help. We can explain all your options, explore alternatives and help you decide if implants are right for you. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our Los Angeles dental implants expert.

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