Dental Implants in Los Angeles, CA
A tooth has two parts: the crown and the root. When a tooth is lost, the crown is often replaced, but the root may not be. This can adversely affect your oral health, reduce jaw bone mass, lead to further tooth loss, and even shorten the span of your life.
That's why Dr. Latner offers his Los Angeles area patients dental implants. A dental implant is a lifelike restoration option that mimics nature's design. The complete implant consists of a small titanium post, manufactured to highly precise specifications under strict sterile conditions, and a porcelain replacement tooth that’s similar to a crown.
Dental Implant Placement
During your placement procedure, the implant post will be inserted into the socket left empty by a missing tooth. Because titanium is a biocompatible material, the jawbone will naturally bond to the post over time, creating a secure foundation. Dr. Latner can then place a dental implant restoration onto the post when the bond between bone and implant is strong enough.
Compared to former procedures, dental implants offer many benefits. They are more stable than traditional dentures and are as easy to clean and maintain as natural teeth. Plus, because dental implants are integrated into the jaw, they stimulate new bone growth, preventing bone and gum recession.
Several restoration options are available for dental implants, and our recommendation for your personal case will depend on the number of missing teeth/implants that need replacement, your budget, and your personal preferences.
In cases of single implants, a customized, all-ceramic dental crown is designed to attach on top without negatively affecting surrounding healthy teeth. In cases of multiple implants, Dr. Latner can design an implant-supported bridge or denture to restore several teeth at once, providing needed durability and aesthetic support that’s more cost-effective. These prosthetics can be removable or fixed (permanent) in nature.
Mini Dental Implants
Many patients are interested in traditional dental implants, but they don’t have enough healthy jawbone structure left to support their surgical placement. Mini dental implants solve this problem; their smaller stature allows Dr. Latner to successfully place them without invasive surgery, reducing healing time and creating a steady base for an implant-retained denture that feels lifelike and confident.
If you're curious about dental implants as a treatment option, the first step is scheduling a consultation visit with Dr. Latner. Not every patient is an ideal candidate for dental implants. During a consultation, Dr. Latner can thoroughly inspect your smile and clearly explain your best option for restoring your smile.