Nothing is quite like a natural tooth—however, if tooth loss occurs, Dr. Jerry Johnson in Pasadena, CA, offers his patients the next best thing: dental implants. Sturdy, realistic, and bone-building, dental implants remake smiles for lifelong beauty and function!
What is a dental implant?
It is a dental replacement made up of a titanium metal root, a metal alloy post, and a porcelain crown. The titanium root lives right in the jaw bone where the natural tooth root once resided. As the implant site heals, the titanium device and jaw bone meld together, forming an inseparable bond. This miracle bonding process is referred to as osseointegration.
Who can get dental implants?
Dental implants work well for many tooth replacement situations. To avoid rapid bone loss after extraction, Dr. Johnson may wish to begin the implant process right away. If it's been some time since you lost your tooth--or teeth--he will examine your mouth carefully so as to ensure that it is strong and sizable enough to receive the implant devices.
Is treatment painful?
No way! Dr. Johnson generally uses a simple local anesthetic to numb the implant area before the installation procedure.
If you have lost multiple teeth...
Dental implants are the best options for natural-looking and functional replacement teeth. Your dentist can use them to secure multi-tooth bridge work and full or partial dentures. These prosthetics create smiles which are strong and stable, with none of the problems conventional tooth replacements create (i.e. speech slurring, bone loss, etc.).
Taking care of implants
It's as easy as taking care of natural teeth! Simply brush twice a day and floss once daily to keep plaque and tartar at bay. If you smoke, try to quit, for tobacco degrades implant sites. Also, do not forget to see Dr. Johnson for your usual cleanings and examinations every six months.
Your best possible smile
You can have it with dental implants from Dr. Jerry Johnson in Pasadena. For more information on these state-of-the-art tooth replacements, contact our office for a personalized consultation: (626) 798-7896.