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What you need to know about dental implants

If you are thinking of getting a dental implant, you are in the right place. Since dental implants require surgery and quite an investment in your oral health, it is wise to know the details about the risks and benefits before you decide to go for it. So, just read on to know more about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are the most natural replacement possible for a missing tooth. Here are some of the patient testimonials where you won’t be able to tell apart a natural tooth from an implant. A dental implant is a prosthesis that can support a dental crown, a dental bridge, a maxillo-facial prosthesis or stabilize a complete or partial denture. Dental implants are versatile in their use. A dental implant consists of three major components, a post, an abutment, and a crown. The post is predominantly made of titanium metal and is a screw-like structure that acts as the tooth root replacement. The abutment attaches the post to the crown. The crown is a replacement of the lost tooth, is matched in color to the adjacent tooth, and is visible in the oral cavity.

When do you need a dental implant?

Royal Dental Practice will suggest you a dental implant for the following-

– if you have lost a single or multiple teeth and are not willing to get a dental bridge to replace the missing area, since a dental bridge will require reducing the adjacent teeth in size.

– for long span dental bridges when many teeth are missing and a single dental bridge may not be a possibility when missing multiple teeth

– for providing retention and stability to complete dentures

– for supporting a maxillo-facial prosthesis

– for supporting orthodontic devices or in orthodontic treatment

– for substituting cantilever dental bridge i.e. a dental bridge that has teeth for support only on one end of the edentulous space, a dental implant may be the best choice and with a proper treatment planning can hold a cantilever bridge. 

Risks v/s benefits

We will brief you on the various risks that are associated with implant placement surgery. Although rare, surgical complications such as infection at the surgical site, damage to adjacent teeth or tissues such as the nerves and perforation of sinus may occur. However, the benefits of getting a dental implant far outweigh the risks if the procedure is done immaculately by the best dentist in West Hills.

Are you an ideal candidate for a dental implant?

Dr. Roya Shoffet and her team of expert periodontist will perform a comprehensive oral examination including radiographs to assess your bone health and discuss your best possible option to fit your specific need. Also, you may not be the candidate for it if you have bleeding disorders or are medically compromised. Have queries? Book an appointment with us at 818-346-5600 today.