There are several restorative procedures that can help rejuvenate and strengthen your smile, but dental implants are the best. If you're interested in a natural-felling and stable tooth replacement, Dr. Joseph DuRoss can provide you with dental implants from his Long Beach, CA, office.
Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, like dentures and bridges, and consist of several parts:
- A titanium post inserted into the jawbone
- A screw that secures an abutment
- A crown matching the rest of your teeth
They have several advantages, including restoring full biting and chewing function, lasting a lifetime, and filling gaps to give you a wider, fuller smile. They mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, are biocompatible, and have a 95 percent success rate.
Your Long Beach dentist surgically inserts a titanium post into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. This piece provides stability and strength while preventing any weakening or shrinkage of the jawbone. After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur. Following this period, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
You need to take proper care of your dental implants. Some preventative measures include brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle, daily flossing as well as avoiding tobacco and drinking too much coffee and/or tea.
Professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque are also essential.
Give Us a Call!
If you have more questions or concerns about dental implants, call Dr. DuRoss's Long Beach office at (562) 424-8537.