Titanium Dental Implants
Dental Implants – The Modern Method to Replace Missing Teeth
Before dental implant technology became available, the only solutions for replacing teeth were traditional bridges and dentures. Now, this new technology has soared in popularity. Dental implants offer a much more durable, safe, functional and aesthetic option to replace missing teeth. They are made either from metal or ceramic, and both are very workable.
For implants made of metal, titanium is the top choice. It is very strong, biocompatible, and resists corrosion. When it is inserted into the jawbone, it progressively integrates with the surrounding bone. An abutment is attached to the top of the post, and a crown, bridge or denture will be attached securely to the abutment.
The success rate of titanium implants is high. Complications are rare and will last for many years or even a lifetime. At MD Periodontics, our very experienced periodontists provide the best titanium dental implants Los Angeles has available.
Titanium Dental Implants Versus a Traditional Bridge
A traditional bridge requires that the healthy teeth on either side of the empty space be grounded down. Crowns are then secured over them, and the artificial tooth is attached in between the two crowns, forming a bridge. An implant, on the other hand, preserves the natural teeth and replaces the missing tooth with one that is anchored securely to the jawbone.
It's always best to preserve healthy teeth whenever possible. Having an implant instead of a bridge safeguards the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, since they don't have to be shaved down. Additionally, a bridge makes it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene, whereas an implant allows you to brush and floss just as you would with natural teeth. Implants are also less expensive, as they last a lifetime. A bridge only lasts about five to ten years, at which time it would need to be replaced.
Health Benefits of Implants
When a tooth is missing or has been extracted, in most cases it needs to be replaced. Without the tooth, the surrounding bone is resorbed over time. Teeth that flank the empty socket may start to shift and become more crooked. Gum disease and tooth decay are now more possible because it's harder to keep crooked teeth and gums clean from tartar.
The first step is a consultation and a thorough examination. The doctor will also take low dose digital x-rays and iCAT 3D imaging. It is important that the placement of the implant is precise, and our high tech equipment ensures this. We will also determine if you have sufficient bone to receive an implant. Patients with insufficient bone, or bone that is too weak, may have to have bone grafting or augmentation done prior to the implant procedure. The doctor will go over the examination results with you, give you the recommended treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have.
A titanium post is inserted into the jawbone of the empty socket. After a healing period, an abutment is attached to the top of the post, and a crown is attached to the abutment. The result is an artificial tooth that looks and acts just like a real tooth. Moreover, the post functions just like the root of the tooth, keeping the bone and tissues surrounding it stimulated, and thus preventing bone from deteriorating.
Safe, Beautiful and Fully Functional Implants
When you need to replace one or more teeth, implants provide the most current, state-of-the-art technology available. They look and feel just like normal teeth, providing excellent stability, durability and full chewing power.
If you want the best titanium dental implants Los Angeles has available, MD Periodontics is here to provide them. With over 30 combined years of experience, our doctors know how to properly diagnose and precisely place your implants. You will be proud to show your new, beautiful smile!