Patients of our West Covina, CA dental office who have opted for dental implants love them because they are the tooth replacement option closest to the natural tooth. Not only do dental implants improve the look of your smile, but they can protect your bite and keep your remaining healthy teeth from experiencing undue wear and erosion.
At Ricardo Suarez, DDS, Dr. Suarez is an experienced cosmetic dentist who understands the significance of living with one or more missing teeth. Because of this, he recommends dental implants as the best choice for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants become part of your anatomy because they permanently integrate into the jawbone.
Dr. Suarez has been placing dental implants successfully for many years, using guided 3-D technology for placement accuracy. Find out more about dental implants by calling our West Covina, CA dental office and scheduling an appointment.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are made of a titanium post that takes the place of your missing tooth root. Titanium, which is highly biocompatible, is strong and integrates with the jawbone permanently. Your dentist will surgically place the dental implant into the jawbone. Most patients report an unexpectedly quick recovery from the implant surgery.
Unlike a dental bridge, a dental implant stands alone, not requiring any support from neighboring teeth. Many people may not realize that dental implants have been used safely for decades and can replace just one or several missing teeth.
Several months after the placement surgery, the dental implant becomes a permanent part of your jawbone, so a restoration crown or denture plate can be attached, completing your smile.
Depending on the number of teeth you have missing, you can opt for one implant or a few (usually four) to support a denture. This provides the best of both worlds: the convenience and affordability of dentures with the stability of dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
In addition to their natural appearance, dental implants provide many other benefits to our patients:
- No special care or maintenance is needed with dental implants. You can brush and floss the way you have always done. Be sure to stay current with checkups and teeth cleanings by visiting your dentist every six months.
- You can eat all of your favorite foods without restriction. Because the implant is permanently integrated into the jawbone, it will not move—even when you bite into the crunchiest apple or juiciest steak.
- Your bone density is protected with dental implants. When teeth are missing, the bone begins to shrink without a tooth root to provide stimulation. This can give your face a sunken-in look that ages you beyond your years.
- Dental implants are long-lasting. With proper care, they will last you a lifetime.
Call Ricardo Suarez, DDS to Learn More about Dental Implants
Dr. Suarez has been placing implants for nearly two decades, so you can put your trust in his expertise. Because our West Covina, CA dental office uses 3-D imaging, patients enjoy the best possible outcomes. Call today!