For those experiencing the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can help to restore the health and appearance of your mouth. Yuki Lu, DDS, and the professional team at Pearl Dentistry in West Covina, California, have extensive experience providing their patients with a range of dental implant solutions. To learn more, use the online scheduling feature or call the office today to schedule your first appointment.

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What are dental implants?

Despite how strong and durable our natural teeth are, many people will experience tooth decay, broken teeth, or the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth at some point in their lives. While this can impact the function, health, and appearance of your teeth, there are many suitable tooth replacement options available, including dental implants. 

A dental implant is essentially a replacement for your natural tooth root. A dental implant is made out of a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone where your original tooth root was located. Over time, this implant fuses to your jawbone, providing a firm foundation for a replacement tooth, called a crown, to affix to. 

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants provide many benefits. When you lose a tooth, not only can it create a noticeable and unsightly gap in your teeth, but it can actually lead to gum and jawbone degradation, misaligned teeth, and many other problems. 

When used properly, dental implants are a wonderful way to restore the function, health, and appearance of a damaged, missing, or decayed tooth. In addition, dental implants can be a permanent and durable tooth replacement solution, allowing you to chew and speak as you would with your original tooth. 

Having a dental implant after tooth extraction can help to preserve your alveolar ridge as well. At times, the team at Pearl Dentistry may recommend ridge augmentation procedures to build up your bone and gums prior to dental implant surgery. Dr. Lu will work with you to create your individualized plan of care designed to address your specific needs.

Are dental implants painful?

Most patients report that they experience very little pain during the dental implant installation procedure. In addition, the team at Pearl Dentistry can use a local anesthetic to help ensure your comfort. Following the procedure, you may notice some soreness. However, this can usually be managed effectively with over-the-counter pain medication. 

To learn more about dental implants and whether they may be right for you, call the office today or use the online booking feature to schedule your first appointment with the team at Pearl Dentistry.