Single Tooth Implants – Los Angeles, CA
Restore Your Missing Tooth Seamlessly
Having a missing tooth can be embarrassing enough, especially when you want to smile but are afraid to do so. However, missing teeth is far from a cosmetic issue. You may struggle to eat certain foods and your facial appearance can change. Thankfully, there is a solution specifically dedicated to replacing individual teeth in a way that is unlike any other treatment: dental implants! Dr. Latner has the expertise to get you started on your path to a beautiful new smile, so don’t wait to give his office a call!
Your Tooth Replacement Options
You generally have two options to choose from when it comes to replacing single teeth. These options include fixed bridges and dental implants, both of which have their own positives.
Fixed bridges are designed to give you a non-surgical route for tooth replacement. This option combines several dental crowns together and is then placed on top of existing teeth, similar to how crowns are placed. These teeth act as anchors, while the tooth in the center of the bridge fills the gap and makes your smile complete.
In contrast, dental implants replace the entire tooth structure. This means that the root that comes out with the tooth is replaced as well, and this section is very important for making your tooth replacement feel natural and remain stable for decades to come.
What are Single Tooth Implants?
A single tooth implant is composed of three parts. This includes the titanium implant itself, the abutment that connects the restoration to the implant, and the crown that inevitably sits on top. In order to place the implant, a small incision is made in the gum tissue and the implant is placed inside of the jaw. After we’ve placed the implant, we give it plenty of time to heal, about four to six months. Once it’s fully fused, you can have the abutment component placed and give the gum tissue time to heal around it. Once all is said and done, the restoration is placed on top. This crown is customized to keep your bite even, last for many years, and look incredibly natural while doing so.
Benefits of Single Tooth Implants
Keep Your Teeth Intact: Since dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth to remain stable, you won’t have to worry about modifying your existing teeth. Fixed bridges require the removal of tooth enamel to place.
The Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants are integrated with bone tissue, which means they essentially mimic what tooth roots do. Not only will it look incredibly natural inside your mouth, but it will feel natural when you bite into tough or chewy foods.
Easy Care: You don’t need to practice special care to maintain a dental implant. Simply brushing, flossing, and visiting our office regularly is the most effective way to keep it healthy for years to come.
Long-Term Solution: If you’re looking for a superior solution to replace teeth, nothing quite beats dental implants. They last longer than any other tooth replacement option, averaging 25 years to a lifetime when properly maintained.