If you’re missing one or more teeth, Dr. Jason Mirabile might recommend dental implants to restore your smile. Dr. Mirabile offers dental implants at his practice iHateTheDentist.com in Santa Monica, California, and can help rebuild your teeth so you can smile with confidence again. Find out if dental implants are right for you by contacting the office or requesting an appointment online.

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What are dental implants?

Missing teeth can not only take away from your appearance, but also cause a number of oral health issues. Even a single missing tooth can cause jaw bone loss and misalignment.

Dental implants are artificial teeth fused to the jaw bone to function and look just like real teeth. Implants are highly durable and are fixed into the jaw permanently.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Unlike dentures, Dr. Mirabile places dental implants deep below the gum line to work just like your real teeth. The base of the implant replaces the missing root so there’s always something stimulating the jaw bone. This prevents bone deterioration and other oral health issues.

Dental implants are made with a bone-like material so they look and feel very real. They also can’t come loose like dentures, and with proper care, you never need to replace them.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are made with three distinct pieces: a titanium screw that connects to the jaw bone, the abutment that sits on top of the screw right along the gum line, and the crown, which serves as the part of the tooth structure you can see.

The titanium screw stimulates the jaw bone whenever you eat, speak, and chew, just like the tooth root did before.

Do I really need dental implants?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you might be a good candidate for a dental implant. Living with missing teeth not only takes its toll on your appearance, but it also compromises the health of your smile.

Jaw deterioration, facial volume loss, a misaligned bite, and other oral health issues are some risks of having missing teeth.

Are dental implants expensive?

Even though implants can be more expensive than other dental procedures, it’s important to remember this is an investment in your smile. Not only will you enjoy immediate benefits, but you can also prevent a host of costly procedures in the future.

Dental implants can preserve your smile for many years to come and with proper care, they never need to be replaced.