Q&A: How Do I Replace Missing Teeth?


Losing a single tooth can hurt both the health and appearance of your smile. Unfortunately, a recent study conducted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons shows that millions of Americans are missing permanent teeth. Fortunately, dental implants can replace a lost tooth with a strong and esthetically pleasing restoration.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Question: How do dental implants work?

Answer: Typically, a dental prosthetic replaces just the crown, or visible portion of the tooth. Dental implants replace both the root and crown of a lost tooth. The implant consists of a titanium post inserted into the jaw. The implant is then topped with a restoration, usually a dental crown.

Question: What does tooth loss do to my smile?

Answer: When you lose a tooth, the body realizes a tooth root is missing and stops sending nutrients to the surrounding jawbone tissue. Without calcium and phosphorus, the jawbone dissolves, causing patients to appear older and leading to further tooth loss. An implant replaces the tooth root, causing the body to resume the flow of nutrients.

Question: Do dental implants last a long time?

Answer: Yes. On average, an implant lasts up to 25 years, provided the patient maintains good dental health. In some cases, implants have been known to last even longer.

Question: What are implant dentures?

Answer: Instead of placing just one post, your Cerritos CA oral surgeon will place multiple posts in an arch. The posts will then support a set of dentures, providing prosthetics that don’t slip or require adhesives.

Schedule a Visit Today with Your Cerritos CA Oral Surgeon

Interested in returning your smile to full function and health with dental implants and  implant dentures? Then don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with your Cerritos CA oral surgeon today. With advanced training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Shawn Hofkes, DDS is qualified to provide comfortable, advanced gum disease treatments. To schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.