Jae Won Lee, DDS
General Dentistry located in Desert Hot Springs, CA
Are you missing teeth? The team at DHS Dental in Desert Hot Springs, California, can provide dental implants to restore your smile. With implants, you can get prosthetic teeth that will have optimal stability, and they’ll look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. It’s the best option when it comes to filling gaps in your smile. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Dental Implants Q & A
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root used to support a natural-looking false tooth. When you’re attempting to replace a missing tooth, or several missing teeth, implants provide excellent support for replacement teeth.
Implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Over time, they naturally fuse to the bone, essentially making your implant a part of your oral structure. Prosthetics, such as crowns and bridges, can then be securely attached to implants to restore your smile.
What is the process for getting a dental implant?
Getting a dental implant typically requires at least two visits to DHS Dental. At your first visit, you’ll undergo oral surgery to have your dental implant placed. Your dentist will use a special drill to strategically insert your implant into your jawbone. You will be under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel any discomfort. After your implant is placed, you may be fitted with a temporary crown or another type or temporary restoration.
Your jawbone will need time to fully heal and integrate the new implant. This may take several months, and your dentist will monitor your recovery during this time. Once your jawbone has fully healed, you’ll return to the office.
At your second visit, your dentist will evaluate you and make sure your implant is ready to support a permanent restoration. At this time, they’ll attach your permanent tooth or teeth, which may be a crown or bridge.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
First and foremost, dental implants allow you to have your ideal smile. They can drastically improve your appearance and provide you with a boost in self-confidence.
Also, there are many oral health benefits. When you’re missing teeth, surrounding teeth are prone to shifting into the empty spaces. This shifting can cause your teeth to get out of alignment and make them harder to keep clean. Over time, this can increase your risk of developing problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
How long do dental implants last?
As long as you take proper care of your implants, they can last a lifetime. Make sure to continue brushing and flossing as you do with your natural teeth. Also, be sure to keep coming in for regular cleanings and checkups.
To schedule a dental implant consultation, book an appointment online or over the phone with DHS Dental today.