Dental Implants

Santa Monica Bay Dental

Dentists located in Santa Monica, CA

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing one or more missing teeth. At Santa Monica Bay Dental, located in Santa Monica, California, men and women in the Los Angeles area have access to an outstanding periodontist with the training and expertise needed to place strong and beautiful dental implants that will last a lifetime. Learn more during a face-to-face consultation, which you can book online or over the phone today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth replacement and an alternative to dentures and dental bridges. They require a surgical procedure to anchor the implant into your bone tissue, but once the healing process is complete you have a beautiful restoration that lasts a lifetime. 

Most dental implants consist of three distinct pieces: the implant itself, an artificial crown, and a piece called an abutment that connects the two. Some options allow the crown to be installed directly onto the implant post without an abutment. 

Why replace missing teeth? 

Most men and women-only consider the aesthetics of replacing one or more missing teeth, but there are serious health benefits that also deserve consideration. Your natural teeth are anchored into your jaw bone, which helps keep them securely in place. That bone tissue is stimulated every time you bite down or place pressure on your teeth. 

When you lose one or more teeth you also lose that stimulation. Your bone tissue can begin to wear away, a process called resorption. Bone loss can weaken the connection between your bones and your remaining natural teeth, causing additional tooth loss. 

Missing teeth also negatively affect your ability to eat a varied diet and speak normally. You can also develop a sunken or caved-in facial appearance. 

What is the dental implant process like?

During your first visit, your periodontist numbs the treatment area to ensure you remain comfortable. The gum tissue is opened to gain access to the underlying bone. 

Your specialist drills a small pilot hole in your jaw then guides the dental implant into position. Your gum tissue is closed and you’ll head home to wait for the healing process to move forward. 

Once your bone has fused to the implant material, you’ll return to have the artificial crown installed. Your dental implant will look and function just like your natural teeth, and the stimulation delivered to the bone will keep that tissue healthy. Once the healing process is complete your dental implant becomes a permanent part of your smile. 

Learn more about dental implants during your one-on-one consultation. Booking a visit takes just moments online or over the phone, so make today the day you begin a path toward a restored smile and renewed confidence.