Missing teeth do more than just leave holes in your smile – they can also be damaging to your overall oral health. If you’re missing one or more teeth, schedule a visit with Camille Adli, DDS, at Greater Long Beach Dental in Long Beach, California. Dr. Adli is an expert in making her patients’ smiles beautiful and healthy again with state-of-the-art dental implants. To learn more, call the office or book a visit online today.
Dental implants are the most state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution available today. They’re tiny, titanium screws that are surgically implanted into your jawbone, where they function as artificial tooth roots.
Your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, enabling your implant to bond with your jawbone as you heal from the surgery.
This makes your implant an incredibly sturdy foundation on top of which Dr. Adli can place a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or implant-retained dentures.
Missing teeth detract from the cosmetic appearance of your smile, but they also cause a number of health concerns, as well.
The hole left by a missing tooth can cause your remaining natural teeth to shift out of alignment, as they eventually drift to fill in the empty space. This can throw off the proper alignment of your bite, which can lead to jaw problems like TMJ disorder and excessive wear-and-tear on your remaining teeth.
Your teeth also naturally provide stimulation to your jawbone, and when you’re missing a tooth, your jawbone loses that stimulation. When your jawbone is understimulated, the bone tissue eventually deteriorates, leaving your jaw weaker and leading to a sunken-in appearance in your face.
By replacing your missing tooth root, a dental implant prevents many of the problems associated with missing teeth. They also:
Dental implants also have an incredibly high success rate of 98%, meaning that, if properly cared for, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
To install your implant, Dr. Adli anesthetizes your mouth, makes a small, surgical incision in your gum, drills a tiny hole in your jaw bone, and inserts your implant. She then sends you home to heal as your implant fuses with your jawbone over the next few months.
Once your implant has fused, you come back to place your abutment, a tiny post that connects to your implant, sticks up out of your gum line, and holds your restoration.
In some cases, Dr. Adli can place your abutment and your implant in the same visit, but other patients require a separate procedure for this step.
After your abutment is firmly in place, Dr. Adli takes an impression of your mouth that’s used to create your restoration.
Once she seals your restoration to your abutment, you’re done! You leave the office with a restored and rejuvenated smile that feels just like your natural tooth grew back on its own.
Call the office or book your visit online, and let Dr. Adli make your smile whole again with dental implants.