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Implant Dentistry

Dental Implants FAQs

What is a dental implant, and how does it work?

Dental implants have been used to replace teeth for over 30 years. Dental implants are a long-term solution that allows your lost or damaged teeth to be replaced. Dental implants are titanium alloy screws which are placed into the jawbone to take the place of missing teeth’s roots. After a few months, bone actually attaches to the implant. Once the bone attaches a replacement tooth is able to be attached. Implants can either replace individual missing teeth or be used to support a removable denture.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

If you have a denture that is loose or uncomfortable, or you have one or more missing teeth, and you generally have good oral health, you are a possible candidate for dental implants. Dr. Lee will be able to determine the best treatment for you at your new patient consultation. At your consultation we will be able to answer your questions and review what you can expect both during and after treatment.

How long will it take?

Implant therapy typically requires several steps over a period of time. Depending on your specific circumstances the time required may span over a period of three months to one year. The first step is to develop a customized treatment plan with your dentist.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Choosing Dental implants is a very appealing option because of the minimal care necessary for maintenance. Dental implants need to be cared for like regular teeth. Regular dental visits, flossing and brushing are recommended. If properly cared for, your dental implants can last a lifetime.

Reasons for implants:

  • Dental implants look, feel, and function like healthy, natural teeth.
  • When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to shrink and the jawbone changes shape due to the bone loss; dental implants can prevent this kind of deterioration, allowing your face to retain its natural shape.
  • Dental implants can be used to support a denture. Loose, uncomfortable dentures and messy adhesives could be a thing of the past!
  • Dental implants allow for a better diet and improved overall health by restoring proper chewing, .

Reserve Your Personal Consultation Today!

Cosmetic dentistry allows you to achieve a more attractive and youthful smile. With porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, bonding and white fillings, your dentist is able to treat whatever repairs your teeth may require. Now is the time to make your teeth a priority. Call Dr. Susan Lee, “The Sedation Dentist,” at her Dental Office in Long Beach, CA and reserve your appointment now.

“I recently had a root canal performed by an endodontist.
That dentist commented that Dr. Lee had done fine work preparing five of my teeth for crowns.
That high praise from another dental professional exemplifies the skill and quality work Dr. Lee performs. “