If you’re missing one, several, or all of your permanent teeth, restoring your smile with dental implants has never been easier. At Del Amo Dental Group in Torrance, California, expert dentist Brian Lee, DMD, provides referrals for implant surgery and offers in-house restoration for chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged implants. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that support oral prosthetics such as dental crowns, fixed bridges, and implant-supported dentures. Dental implants don’t rely on sticky adhesives like dentures. Instead, an oral surgeon places the posts into small incisions in your gum line.
Following your implant operation, you return home and allow your mouth to heal. During this time, your jawbone grows around each implant, fusing them in place.
At Del Amo Dental Group, Dr. Lee doesn’t perform implant surgery, but he regularly coordinates placement with oral surgeons in the Torrance area.
Compared to dentures and traditional oral prosthetics, dental implants provide several advantages, including:
Dental implants can also improve your self-esteem. If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, the skin around your mouth wrinkles and folds. Implants provide structure, allowing you to smile, speak, and laugh confidently.
Only an experienced dentist like Dr. Lee can determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. During your initial consultation, he conducts an oral exam, asks you about your goals for treatment, and takes digital X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbone and tooth roots.
If you have low bone volume or gum disease, Dr. Lee might recommend undergoing a bone graft procedure or gum surgery prior to implant placement.
Other health problems that may disqualify you from receiving dental implants include chronic ailments like high blood pressure and diabetes. This is because they compromise your immune system, making it difficult for you to recover following surgery.
Dental implants are incredibly sturdy and durable. If you take good care of them, they can last for the rest of your life. To keep your dental implants in optimal shape, treat them like your permanent teeth.
Dr. Lee recommends brushing and flossing daily, visiting Del Amo Dental Group every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, and avoiding bad habits like using tobacco or chewing on ice.
If you crack or chip an implant, Dr. Lee can restore it and prevent further damage. He uses several advanced restoration techniques including tooth-colored bonding with composite resin.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, schedule an appointment at Del Amo Dental Group. Call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book online today.