For an individual who has lost one or more permanent teeth, dental implants may be the solution. Dental implants are permanent and aesthetically appeasing, so they are a popular tooth restoration option. A dental implant is made up of a dental implant post, an abutment and a dental restoration.
What Should I Expect?
First, the dental implant post is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth by our oral surgeons. As the jawbone heals, it will fuse with the implant post. The healing process typically takes three to six months. The abutment is attached to the top of the implant post. Impressions are made so that your dental restoration, like a dental crown, can be made specifically for your smile. When your crown is ready, the fit and color will be checked, any needed tweaks will be made, and then it will be attached to the abutment.
How Should I Care for My New Implant?
It may come as a surprise to you that dental implants don’t require any special care. Simply practice proper dental hygiene and schedule regular dental appointments. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day, and visit Pacific Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at least once every six months for professional dental cleaning appointments. If properly cared for, dental implants can last for years, or even a lifetime.
Please call our office at 818-365-5636 to learn more about implants in Glendale, California, and to set up an appointment with Dr. Nam Cho.