Missing teeth leave unattractive holes in your smile and pose a potential threat to your overall oral health. If you’re missing teeth, schedule a consultation for dental implants with Daryl Cranon, DDS General Dentistry. With a modern clinic conveniently located in Mid City, Los Angeles, Dr. Cranon is highly skilled in placing dental implants to give you a healthy and beautiful smile. Make your smile whole again by calling the office or booking a visit online today.
Dental implants are small titanium screws implanted into your jawbone to function as artificial tooth roots.
Titanium is one of the most biocompatible substances for the human body, so your jawbone doesn’t recognize your implant as a foreign substance after it’s been placed. This enables your implant to actually fuse with your bone as you heal from the surgery in a process called osseointegration.
Once your implant fuses with your jawbone, it serves as a strong and sturdy foundation on top of which Dr. Cranon can install a beautiful, tooth-colored restoration, effectively replacing any missing teeth in your smile.
Implants can support a number of different restorations, including:
When combined with a restoration, a dental implant is virtually identical to a natural tooth, giving you a prosthetic that looks and feels as if your tooth was never missing in the first place.
Missing teeth leave unsightly holes in your smile, which detract from your appearance, but they can also do a significant amount of damage to your oral health.
The space left in your smile by a missing tooth can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of alignment and towards the empty space. This shifting can throw off the proper alignment of your bite leading to excessive wear and tear on your remaining teeth. It can also cause complications like TMJ disorder, a condition that affects the joint in your jaw.
Missing teeth also lead to bone loss. Your tooth roots typically provide healthy stimulation to your jawbone, which keeps it healthy and intact. When your teeth are no longer there to stimulate your jawbone, the bone tissue eventually resorbs and deteriorates. This can cause the muscles of your face to sag and give you a sunken-in appearance.
Dental implants replace your missing teeth and make your smile whole again, thereby improving its appearance and function.
Compared to other restorative options, implants have a number of advantages, such as:
Dental implants also boast a high success rate. With regular dental checkups and good at-home care, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Schedule an appointment with Daryl Cranon, DDS General Dentistry today to learn more about how dental implants can improve your smile and oral health. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.