If you are suffering from tooth loss, then you already know that this oral health problem can affect your entire smile. Our Toluca Lake dentists offer state-of-the-art tooth replacement options to help you reclaim an attractive and healthy smile again. Today we’re going to be talking about how our team customizes dental implants; keep reading to learn more.
Dental implants are individual replacement teeth that can be used to replace individual missing teeth. Dental implants are unique in the world of restorative dentistry because they actually have replacement tooth roots (made of titanium) as well as the visible dental crown. Beyond being used to anchor individual replacement teeth, dental implant roots can also hold larger dental prostheses, like dentures, in place.
When our dental team meets with you, we’ll first determine whether a dental implant can meet your dental needs. We’ll also assess your smile to make sure that your smile is healthy enough, and your bone tissue is strong enough, to support an implant. If your bone tissue is diminished, we may recommend undergoing bone grafting prior to implant insertion.
Once we’re ready to move forward with your replacement tooth, our team will go to work designing your dental implant:
· The first thing we’ll do is ensure that the size of your implant is perfect for your smile: the size of the titanium implant root as well as the visible crown. It’s crucial that the size of your implant is correct for aesthetic and functional purposes.
· Then, we’ll personalize the shape of your implant crown, so that you new tooth blends with your existing smile. Teeth come in all kinds of shapes—some are more angular, while others look rounder—we’ll make sure that your replacement tooth honors your existing tooth shape.
· Finally, our team is able to shade your replacement tooth so that it looks natural when in place between your existing teeth. If you want to lighten your natural teeth, we recommend you do this before we place your implant, so that we are able to shade your replacement crown to match your post-whitening smile.
If you want to learn more about how dental implants work, our Toluca Lake dental implant dentists are here to help! Give us a call to schedule a consultation.