Dental Implants

Valery Sweeny, DDS -  - General Dentist

Valery Sweeny, DDS

General Dentists located in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

If you’ve lost one or more adult teeth, dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option that restores your smile and support bone health in your jaw. If you live in Los Angeles, you’ll find expert dental implant consultations and installations at Valery Sweeny, DDS in Silver Lake, California. Dr. Sweeny and her associates offer customized advice and dental implant care. Call or make an appointment online today to learn if dental implants are right for you.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are prosthetic teeth which are implanted directly into your jaw. They consist of a titanium post which acts as the tooth root, a crown that replaces the visible part of your tooth, and an abutment that connects the two.

Titanium is used for the implant post because of its unique biocompatibility, which allows it to bond with your bone in a process called osseointegration. That’s why titanium is often used in joint replacements and other surgical procedures.

Dr. Sweeny offers three different types of implants and provides customized advice to help you make an informed decision on the best option to replace your teeth.

Root form implants

These are the most common type of dental implant where each missing tooth is replaced with a titanium screw and crown.

Plate form implants

These implants have a long, flat shape and are better suited for narrow jaws.

Subperiosteal implants

This type of implant is sometimes used when you don’t have enough bone density to support traditional implants. They rest on your jawbone under your gum instead of being implanted into your jaw.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer a range of benefits. They’re a natural-looking and permanent solution for lost teeth. Once they’re in place, no one will be able to tell the difference between an implant and your remaining natural teeth.

Also, the titanium post acts like a natural tooth root and supports healthy bone growth and development in your jawbone, which protects the integrity of your other teeth as well as the shape of your face.

Another benefit is that dental implants are very easy to maintain. You brush and floss normally and have routine checkups and professional cleanings every six months.

How are dental implants installed?

Dental implants are typically installed in three visits, depending on the health and strength of your jawbone. During the first visit, Dr. Sweeny implants the posts in your jaw.

Then, at your second visit after the posts have integrated with your jawbone, she attaches the abutments and takes impressions of your mouth, which are used to custom-make your permanent crowns.

Finally, when your custom crowns are ready, she attaches them to the abutments, checks your bite and alignment, and polishes the crowns until they shine like natural teeth.

Call or make an appointment online today to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile.