Dental Implants in Torrance, CA

Do you need teeth removed due to an accident or tooth decay, but you don’t want to wear a bridge? Our dentists at Miller Family Dental may replace your teeth with dental implants if you qualify for them.

Implants are becoming more popular because they look and function like your natural teeth, but our dentists in Torrance, CA need to evaluate your mouth to see if you qualify to get them.

How to Qualify for Dental Implants

Before placing dental implants, our dentists need to make sure that your jawbone is dense and thick enough to support them. If you’re getting one implant, then your jaw should support the implant and have at least one millimeter of space available around it. If two of them are going in side by side, then you’ll need two millimeters of space for each one.

Due to deterioration from periodontal disease, some people’s jaws may not be able to support implants. However, in these cases, our dentists at Miller Family Dental near you in Torrance, CA will determine if a bone graft will help you qualify for them.

A bone graft consists of using grafting material and a donor’s bone, or one from your body, to replace or improve the leftover bone.

How Long Does It Take to Get Implants?

After getting dental implants, it may take several months before you can start eating with them. The implants go into your jaw in stages with the titanium screw going in first. Dental implants have three components:

  • A titanium screw that is the ‘‘root’’ of the tooth
  • An abutment that connects the screw to the crown
  • The dental crown

It will take several months, about four to eight months, before the tooth is ready for normal use. The tooth needs healing time after each component goes on to the titanium screw. However, after it heals, you can use the implant as you would your natural tooth.

If you want to replace a tooth with an implant, talk to our dentists at Miller Family Dental to get your jaw inspected in Torrance, CA to find out if you are a good candidate for them.

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