Our goal is to help you maintain a healthy smile by providing preventive services like dental cleanings and exams. But if you lose a tooth, we’re pleased to offer state-of-the-art replacement using dental implants at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera dental offices.
One of the benefits of choosing PhD Dental is that we are a full-service dental practice. We have a team of skilled general dentists and specialists, so we rarely have to send you elsewhere for treatment.
This is an important benefit, especially when choosing a treatment like dental implants. We have two highly trained periodontists on our team who can complete the entire implant process—from placement to restoration—in one of our comfortable locations.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement tooth. Implants are different from bridges and dentures because they don’t just sit on top of your gums. A titanium post is placed surgically in your jaw bone during a procedure at our dental practice.
As the implant heals, it fuses securely with surrounding bone and tissue in your jaw. After it heals, we attach an artificial tooth (restoration) to complete your smile and restore your ability to chew easily and speak clearly. If we replace a single tooth, the restoration we use would be a crown; for multiple teeth, we would recommend a bridge or dentures.
What Are Some Benefits of Dental Implants?
It’s crucial to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. We recommend dental implants because they most closely resemble the way a natural tooth fits, feels, and functions.
Dental implants offer numerous benefits compared to other tooth replacements like bridges or dentures:
- Improves oral health – Dental implants are freestanding which means we leave surrounding teeth intact, which helps protect your long-term oral health.
- Makes eating easier – It’s hard to eat all the nutritious foods you need when dentures that slip and shift in your mouth. But an implant is rooted in your jaw, so you can continue to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
- Improves comfort – Dentures that move cause irritation and soreness. An implant that stays securely in place is so comfortable that you may forget it’s not your natural tooth!
- Protects bone in your jaw – When you lose a tooth, and its root, the bone in your jaw starts to break down. But an implant takes the place of the lost root and continues to stimulate bone in your jaw so that it doesn’t deteriorate.
How Do Dental Implants Hold Dentures in Place?
One of the ways we use dental implants is to hold your full or partial dentures securely in place. Our specialists place implants at certain points along your jaw, and your dentures are customized to snap onto the implants.
Since the implants don’t move, your dentures won’t move either! You can enjoy the confidence of laughing, speaking, eating, and showing off your smile without worrying about your dentures suddenly slipping or shifting.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone who has missing teeth may be a candidate for dental implants. But you must have enough dense bone in your jaw to hold the implant securely in place for the procedure to be successful.
However, even if we find that you aren’t a candidate for an implant now, there are steps we can take to make it possible for you to get one in the future.
- Bone grafting
- Sinus lift
- Ridge augmentation
All these procedures involve using a small amount of bone from another area of your body to build up bone in your jaw. But you’ll be pleased to know that the specialists at PhD Dental can perform all these procedures at our LA dental offices without having to refer you for treatment.
Please Call Us for a Consultation
If you have questions and are looking for a dental implants dentist in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera, please call our dental office, and we will be happy to arrange an implant consultation with one of our specialists.