What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that work by replacing both the root and the crown of your tooth. Implants consist of two main parts – the implant post and the implant restoration.
The implant post replaces the tooth root, providing a stable foundation for your replacement tooth and anchoring it to your jawbone. It also performs the same functions as your tooth root, stimulating the supporting bone to keep it healthy and prevent it from resorbing, or shrinking, and causing your remaining natural teeth to become loose.
The implant restoration replaces the crown of the tooth or teeth. Depending on your individual needs and how many teeth are being replaced, it may consist of a single crown, a dental bridge or a denture.
What is the procedure for an implant?
When you receive a dental implant, your treatment begins with an implant placement surgery. The implant post is inserted into your jawbone, and a period of healing is allowed so that the post can integrate with your jawbone to provide a stable foundation. After this healing period, our skilled dentist will work with you to determine which type of restoration will best meet your needs. Once your restoration has been completed, he will place it atop the post to complete your treatment.
Implants are designed to permanently replace your missing teeth. As such, they require the same type of care as your natural teeth. This includes daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to Anaheim Hills Family Dental to receive preventive care. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene and do not develop any serious dental problems, your implant should continue to function just like your natural teeth.
Who is a candidate for implant dentistry?
Nearly everyone is a candidate for implant dentistry. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy you should be able to receive an implant without any complications. If you have a pre-existing dental condition such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, our dentist will provide you with treatment for those conditions before recommending an implant.
We welcome you to contact us at (714) 998-2553 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ryan Hong and find out more about dental implants in Anaheim Hills, California. We look forward to helping you regain your smile!