With over 180 million Americans missing at least one tooth, the need for ways to fill in the gaps in a smile has never been greater. Thankfully, dental implants and crowns can replace a missing tooth and restore your appearance and the tooth’s functioning. Gus Huerta, DDS, in Sherman Oaks, California, partners closely with a skilled periodontist to provide dental implants and natural-looking crowns. To learn more, schedule a dental implant consultation today online or by calling the office.
A dental implant is a replacement for tooth roots that can support a crown that fills in for a missing tooth. Dental implants look a little like a screw, and they’re inserted into your jawbone to firmly hold a crown, dentures, or bridges with the same strength and functionality as your natural teeth.
Dr. Huerta refers you to a skilled periodontist to perform the oral surgery. When you arrive for your procedure, the periodontist gives you a local anesthetic to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. A specialized drill is used to insert the dental implant into your jawbone. You may receive a temporary, removable tooth to wear over the implant for several months while it heals and fuses to your bone.
After your jawbone has healed and the implant is firmly in place, you schedule the restoration appointment with Dr. Huerta for a permanent porcelain crown, which not only looks great, but also works exactly like your natural teeth.
When you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, your remaining teeth may begin to move out of place, shifting toward the holes where your teeth used to be. Missing teeth can alter the way your top and bottom teeth fit together, which can cause wear-and-tear on your teeth, lead to jaw problems and pain, and may open the door to bone loss in your jaw.
Dental implants fill the holes of missing teeth to prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting, and contribute to maintaining a healthy jawbone. People with missing teeth start to have a sunken-in appearance due to the loss of jawbone, but an implant provides stimulation for the jawbone to prevent this deterioration.
Dental implants are designed to function exactly like natural teeth, so they don’t require specialized care. With proper care, your implants can last 30 years or more. Once the implant has healed and your restorative crown is in place, twice-daily brushing and flossing along with your regular dental cleanings and checkups at Gus Huerta, DDS, are all that’s needed to maintain your oral health and the longevity of your implants and crowns.
To restore your smile and get started with a dental implant and crown, schedule a consultation with Gus Huerta, DDS, by calling the office or booking online.