What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are a remarkable treatment that not only restores your complete smile but can also help your jawbone to heal from the damages of tooth loss. Take a look below as we detail what makes dental implants so unique.

What are they made of?

Dental implants are made up of three pieces that form the structure.

Titanium Fixture

This first piece serves as the anchor for the entire implant, as it imitates the root of the tooth. It’s typically shaped like a screw and eases into the bone for maximum support.

Abutment

An abutment is a topping piece that fills in the hollow space of the dental implant and will secure the porcelain crown in place as well.

Porcelain Crown

This last piece is a custom-designed crown fits comfortably and looks just as natural as your real teeth and the tooth that was lost.

Benefits of Implants

Durable

While other tooth restoration treatments can offer some bite pressure for easy food consumption, dental implants are the only ones that are embedded directly into the jawbone. This offers a level of durability that is not often found with other restoration treatments.

Long Lasting

Since dental implants are permanently placed, they’re made of quality, long-lasting material. As a result, patients have found that their dental implants can last anywhere from a decade to a lifetime, depending on care and maintenance.

Natural Looking

We work hard to make sure that your dental implant looks and feels as real as your natural teeth. This includes ensuring that the crown is shaped and shaded as realistic as possible.

Easy Chewing

Dental implants do not slip or come loose like dentures, which allows for better bite comfort and efficiency.

No Cavities

You cannot get cavities with dental implants.

How Do They Work?

Dental implants have the unique ability to fuse with the jawbone in a biological process known as osseointegration. This trait is truly what sets dental implants apart. Only dental implants, which are placed directly into the jawbone, can undergo fusion with your natural bone. This does not mean that the implant diffuses into the bone, but rather the jawbone grows around the implant to secure it in place. The permanence of osseointegration allows for more durability and stability when eating or speaking. Other devices may have to rely on adhesives or a bridge to remain in place, but not dental implants. Osseointegration makes all the difference.

Conclusion

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, contact the office of Sedation and Implant Dentists. Dr. Thomas Gonzales has 45 years’ experience and is skilled at advanced dental implant cases like full mouth dental implants and Zygomatic implants.


About Thomas Gonzales, D.D.S.

Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is a Los Angeles dentist with advanced training in dental implants. He has 45 years’ experience and is licensed in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taught courses worldwide on dental implants for Noris Medical, Neodent, Nobel, LVI Global, and Dental Implant Institute. He was a professor of IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and a neuromuscular dentistry instructor for Loma Linda Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.



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by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.

Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is a Los Angeles dentist with advanced training in dental implants. He has 46 years’ experience and is licensed in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taught courses worldwide on dental implants including for Noris Medical, Nobel, Neodent, LVI Global and Dental Implant Institute. He was a professor of IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and a neuromuscular dentistry instructor for Loma Linda Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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