If you have gaps in your smile because of missing teeth, Dr. Scott G. Lamming may recommend dental implants in San Juan Capistrano, California. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium and other materials. These posts are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw and serve as an anchor for replacement teeth. The dentist first places the implant in your jawbone through surgery. The bone surrounding the implant grows around it as it heals, making it more secure. This healing process takes several months. Depending on your individual case, Dr. Scott G. Lamming may decide to wait until the healing process is over before attaching the replacement tooth, or he may decide to do it all in one visit. The dentist will customize a replacement tooth specifically for your mouth by making impressions of your teeth and bite. An abutment, a small connector post, is attached to the implant. When the replacement tooth is ready, it is attached to the abutment.

Dental implants have many advantages. They improve the appearance of your smile, and they look and feel like your natural teeth. Because they look natural and improve your smile, implants can improve your self-esteem and restore your smile’s natural beauty. You will not have to be embarrassed of your smile anymore and can smile with confidence. If you have gaps in your smile, eating can be difficult as well. Implants rectify that problem. Dental implants are typically better for your oral health than other gap solutions like bridges because the nearby teeth do not have to be altered to put in an implant, unlike with bridges. Dental implants are very durable and, with good care, they may last a lifetime. We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about the benefits of dental implants!