Dental Implants

Alhambra Family Dentistry

Dentist located in Alhambra, CA

Whether you’ve lost one or more of your permanent teeth, or you’ve been wearing ill-fitting dentures for far too long, dental implants may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. These custom-made bionic tooth roots, surgically secured to your jawbone, are a permanent solution for missing teeth. The team of restoration experts at Alhambra Family Dentistry in Alhambra, California, provides comprehensive dental implantation services for patients in the greater Los Angeles area. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

Alhambra Family Dentistry

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are custom-fitted, artificial tooth roots made from medical grade titanium surgically anchored into your jawbone, much like a real tooth root. Once the artificial root fuses with your jawbone and the surrounding tissues have healed, it’s fitted with a custom-crafted dental restoration.

A single implant is capped with a porcelain crown, whereas multiple implants are typically fitted with a bridge. A full-arch replacement, covering all the teeth along your upper or lower jaw, receives an implant overdenture.

Implants are strong, stable, and permanent. They’re designed to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, which is why implants are often the preferred choice for filling gaps and restoring a beautiful smile.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Before you receive dental implants, your dentist at Alhambra Family Dentistry determines whether your have adequate jawbone mass and healthy gums. Implantation surgery can only be successful if no advanced gum disease is present, and your jawbone is strong and deep enough to support implants.

To ensure you have sufficient bone quality and mass for successful implantation, you must undergo a 3D cone beam CT scan. This special X-ray creates a 3D image of your teeth, soft tissues, nerves, and bones to uncover important details about your bone structure.

Your dentist uses these 3D images to determine the size and type of implant you need, as well as exactly how it should be placed in your jawbone during surgery. If the CT scan uncovers significant structural problems that require correction, your dentist may recommend additional procedures, like bone grafting or sinus augmentation, before implantation surgery.

What is implantation surgery like?

Dental implantation is an in-office surgery performed under local anesthesia. If you need teeth removed prior to implantation, they’ll be gently extracted before the area is prepared.

After the artificial tooth root is surgically placed in your jawbone, your dentist stitches your gum tissue closed to protect the implant as it fuses with your jawbone.

The amount of time it takes to complete the restoration after implantation surgery depends on how quickly your body heals. Based on your oral and overall health, your dentist tells you what timeframe to expect.

Once your implant fully fuses to your jawbone and you’re ready to finish the restoration process, you return to the office to receive your custom-made porcelain crown, bridge, or denture.

To learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants, call Alhambra Family Dentistry today, or schedule an appointment using the convenient online booking feature.