An implant is a prosthetic tooth designed to replace both the root and crown of the tooth. Implants look, feel and function just like your original tooth, including performing the same functions of stimulating your supporting jawbone to provide a stable foundation for your teeth.
Implant dentistry is typically recommended when you are missing one or more teeth. Depending on your needs, the implant or implants you receive may support a single crown, a dental bridge or a full denture.
Implants have two main parts. One is the implant post — a small screw made of titanium that replaces the tooth root and provides the foundation of your new tooth. The second part is the implant restoration — the replacement tooth that caps the implant and completes your treatment.
Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants. As long as your mouth is healthy and free from decay and disease, you should be able to receive an implant. If you have tooth decay, periodontal disease or another condition, you will need to complete treatment for that condition prior to having an implant placed. Similarly, if your supporting bone has resorbed, or shrunk, due to the missing tooth, you may require a bone graft before your implant placement.
Just like your original teeth, implants require good oral hygiene at home and regular visits to the dentist to remain in good condition.
For more information about dental implants in Hacienda Heights, California, and to make an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Shaileshkumar Bhatt, at Hacienda Heights Family Dentistry, call us today at 626-961-1574.