Missing teeth can cause oral health complications. Your remaining teeth may shift out of place and leave you with a misaligned bite. At Torrance Dental Center in Torrance, California, the experienced dentists offer several cosmetic services to replace missing teeth, including dental implants. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about the available options for dental implants.
Dental implants are small posts made of titanium that your dentist surgically implants into your jawbone to replace missing teeth. After the post insertion, your dentist adds a natural-looking porcelain crown that looks and acts like a natural tooth.
Dental implants replace one or more missing teeth for aesthetic purposes, or your dentist may recommend implants to help support other dental devices. Dental implants can also replace all of your natural teeth if you suffer from periodontal disease or other oral health complications.
Adults missing teeth due to disease or decay may be candidates for dental implants. Teenagers can also benefit from dental implants, to replace teeth after their jaw stop growing — usually around the age of 18 for boys and 16 for girls.
Your dentist evaluates your oral health and cosmetic expectations to determine if dental implants can improve the functionality and appearance of your teeth.
During the implantation of the titanium posts, your dentist administers general anesthesia to ensure you experience no pain. Then, they implant the posts into the jaw bone.
Following your implant surgery, the posts require several months to fuse to your jaw bone and heal.
When your jaw heals, your dentist attaches a porcelain crown. The implants act like natural teeth, and you should continue to practice good oral hygiene.
Dental implants help your natural teeth retain their correct position. Implants can also make it easier to speak and chew. This permanent solution replaces missing teeth and provides more stability than dentures.
Other benefits of dental implants include:
If you’re missing multiple teeth, dental implants enhance the appearance of your facial features and protect the health of your jaw and other facial bones.
For a dental implant consultation, schedule an appointment using the online booking feature or by calling the office.