Dental implants are supportive artificial roots for your teeth while also stimulating your jawbone so that it doesn’t weaken. Dentist Brian Shahangian, DDS, and the team at Loz Feliz Dental Center in Los Angeles, California, provide dental implant surgery and custom restorations to replace your missing teeth. Call the office to schedule your consultation or book an appointment online today.
Dental implants are devices that replace the roots of missing teeth while providing a supportive base for high-quality restorations. Los Feliz Dental Center uses a popular type of implant called a root form implant which doesn’t just support the restoration but also stimulates your jawbone so that it doesn’t resorb.
Most dentists opt for titanium implants because titanium is biocompatible, which means it won’t damage your tissues. Following your implant surgery, the bone in your jaw grows around the implant, essentially making it a permanent and immovable feature.
Depending on your needs, you can get a single implant or several. The team determines how many implants you need based on which type of restoration you intend to get:
A single implant provides support for a single crown. Your dentist designs and mills your crown to fit perfectly among your other teeth. It then looks and functions like a natural part of your smile.
With implant support, dentures tend to be easier to use and more stable. Los Feliz Dental Center offers All-on-4®, which places four dental implants across the jaw to support a denture and avoid weakening the bone by placing too many implants.
Many satisfied patients and their dentists agree that dental implants are one of the most effective and advantageous options for replacing missing teeth.
Because they act as tooth roots, dental implants offer a sturdy base for restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures. This allows you to use those restorations just like your natural teeth, with full bite force and all. Chewing and speaking come naturally and don't damage or dislodge the implants.
When you avoid replacing missing teeth altogether, the structure of your face can change. The remaining teeth can drift into the gap left by a missing tooth, and the underlying jawbone resorbs due to the missing tooth root.
If you’re missing many or all of your teeth, the shape of your face collapses, making your chin and nose too close together. You might also get more wrinkles around your mouth and have collapsed lips. With implants, you don’t need to worry about any of these problems.
Call Los Feliz Dental Center or book your visit online to find out more about dental implants today.