Do You Have Questions About Dental Implants?
Losing teeth can lead to difficulty eating and speaking, in addition to causing many people to become self-conscious about their appearance. Replacing a lost tooth is essential for ensuring the health and stability of your smile. To restore a missing tooth, Dr. Shawn Hofkes often recommends dental implants. Many of our patients have questions about implants and the placement process. Below, we answer a few common questions regarding dental implants in Cerritos, CA.
FAQs About Dental Implants in Cerritos, CA
Question: What are dental implants?
Answer: Implants consist of a biocompatible titanium post that is inserted directly into the jawbone. The bone tissue bonds with the post, anchoring the implant into place. Once the area heals, a restoration will be added to the implant, returning the smile to full function and appearance.
Question: Do dental implants help prevent bone loss?
Answer: Yes. When we lose our teeth, the body registers the loss of a tooth root and stops supplying the jawbone with doses of calcium and phosphate. Deprived of these nutrients, the bone tissue dissolves, causing further tooth loss and an aged appearance. Since the body reads the titanium implant post as a natural tooth root, the flow of nutrients resumes, halting bone loss.
Question: Does Dr. Hofkes place dental implants?
Answer: Yes. A qualified oral surgeon, Dr. Hofkes can oversee the design and placement of your dental implants. This means each step of the implant process can be completed under one roof.
Question: What if I require a full set of dentures?
Answer: Many patients suffer from advanced tooth loss, requiring a partial or full set of dentures. If the patient has adequate jawbone tissue, Dr. Hofkes can place multiple implant posts to support a full dental prosthetic.
Question: How do I maintain my implants?
Answer: Dental implants require the same care and attention as natural teeth. For patients with one or more individual dental implants, simply maintain good dental habits, including brushing and floss on a regular basis. This helps reduce the risk of gum disease, which can lead to implant failure. For patients with implant dentures, Dr. Hofkes will provide information on caring for your implant dentures.
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.