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Dental Implants Specialist

The Melrose Dentist

Cosmetic & Implant Dentists located in Melrose Hill, Los Angeles, CA

Dental implants have become a standard procedure in many dental clinics over the last few years, thanks to significant advances in dental medicine. Leora Sheily, DDS, and the team at The Melrose Dentist, located in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California have the necessary training and skill to design and place dental implants. If you’re looking for a dental implant specialist in Los Angeles, contact The Melrose Dentist by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

Dental Implants Q&A

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are one replacement option for missing teeth. They have the closest appearance, function, and sensation to your natural teeth.

Dental implants have three essential components:

Root 

This metal, screw-like piece is placed in your jawbone and anchors the implant to the underlying bone.

Post

This metal extension connects the root to the crown and is placed after the root is secured, and your mouth has properly healed.

Crown

This is the custom-made prosthetic tooth that is placed after the root heals and sits on top of the gumline.

The implantation process usually takes several months. Your dentist surgically places the root first. Then, the root needs to heal and fuse to the bone, a process that takes three to six months. 

Once the root is ready, your dentist attaches the post and makes preparations for the crown. Once they place the crown, your dental implant is complete. You shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a natural tooth and a prosthetic tooth because they should look and feel the same.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants aren’t your only restorative option for missing teeth. Bridges and full or partial dentures are some alternative solutions. However, dental implants do have some specific advantages:

  • Meant to last a lifetime
  • Help preserve the health and density of the jawbone
  • Don’t require any supplementary care 

The team at The Melrose Dentist recommends regular cleanings and exams, just like the rest of your teeth, to preserve your dental implants.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

The expert team at The Melrose Dentist can determine if dental implants are the right fit for you. Some indicators that you’re a good candidate for dental implants include:

  • You’re in good general health with no chronic conditions or contraindications
  • Your teeth and gums are healthy
  • You have adequate jawbone density to support an implant
  • You’re committed to taking good care of your teeth

Dental implants may not be a good option for those with certain chronic health conditions or poor oral care habits. Find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants by calling The Melrose Dentist or requesting an appointment using the online booking system.