Implants in Cerritos CA
When you are missing one or more of your teeth, boost your confidence with dental implants. In contrast to temporary solutions, this restorative process replaces one or multiple teeth with permanent, long-lasting prosthetics. Dr. Hofkes can take a comprehensive look at your oral history, X-rays, and may utilize 3D cone beam imaging to determine which implants can help you regain your beautiful, healthy smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are independent structures, unlike other options that depend on support from surrounding teeth, such as traditional dentures, partials, and bridges. Dr. Hofkes will recommend the best option for the restoration of your smile.
What Can I Expect from Dental Implant Surgery?
Dr. Hofkes will perform a comprehensive exam of your mouth. Because implants are surgically inserted directly into your jawbone, the strength of that bone must be significant. Your health is also an important factor in satisfactory healing time. Dr. Hofkes will speak with you regarding any potential health concerns. If your jaw is not strong enough, your dental surgeon may recommend other more appropriate restorative choices, such as dental bridges.
You will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding your missing tooth. During the surgery, Dr. Hofkes will insert one or more titanium posts into your jawbone. Once the post fuses with your bone, a crown will be placed on top. Or, Dr. Hofkes will use at least two implants to support implant-retained dentures. Using teeth typically made of porcelain, the finished result is a complete smile. The surgery takes approximately one hour. Your healing time is lengthier, typically lasting two to four months until the post fuses with your jawbone. Once the fusion is complete, your customized crown is fit and permanently secured over the post for a restored smile.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Making the decision to invest in dental implants may feel challenging. Consider their benefits to help you decide whether they are the best choice for your life:
- Dental implants help maintain the integrity of your jawbone so that it does not lose density over time. Because your jawbone supports your face and surrounding structures, a healthy, sturdy jawbone reduces premature sagging and wrinkling.
- Replacing your tooth or teeth permanently means more comfortable eating. Better nutrition and greater confidence in your chewing will improve your quality of life.
- Implants do not rely on surrounding teeth. There is no worry of compromising the appearance or structure of neighboring teeth. The finished product is a natural, restored smile.
- Implants last much longer than dental bridges and dentures, making them a sound investment for a long-lasting smile.
Schedule an Appointment!
At the offices of Shawn Hofkes, DDS, we are dedicated to providing you with the care that will help you achieve a healthy, brilliant smile. Please contact us today to schedule your dental appointment with Dr. Hofkes. Contact our Cerritos office located in Fountain Plaza, directly across from Los Cerritos Center. Shawn Hofkes, DDS, is happy to offer dental services to patients from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, Fullerton, and surrounding communities.