Dental Implants Specialist

Juan Sebastian Moran, DDS

Dentist located in Torrance, CA

Dental implants are designed to fit, feel and look more like natural teeth, making them a popular alternative to dentures and bridges. As a top-ranked dentist in Torrance, CA, Dr. Sebastian Moran is skilled in the dental implant procedure, helping patients at Moran Dental feel more confident and comfortable following tooth loss.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a medical-grade post that is implanted in the jaw bone where it serves as an “anchor” for a prosthetic tooth (a crown) or for a denture. Because implants are designed to be very secure, providing the same type of attachment as a natural tooth root, they’ve become very popular alternatives to dentures and bridges.

What happens during the dental implant process?

Placing an implant and the tooth it supports usually takes three visits. During the first appointment, the post made of titanium is implanted into the jaw bone. To remain secure, an implant requires a certain amount of surrounding bone material. When the jaw bone is thin, a bone graft may need to be performed to augment the existing bone and ensure it’s strong enough to support the implant. Bone grafting can often be performed at the same time the post is implanted. The implant will need to remain undisturbed for several weeks to enable it to fuse with the bone. At the second visit, an abutment piece will be attached and an impression will be made and sent to the lab where the crown or denture will be crafted. And finally, at the third visit the crown will be attached and shaped so it fits comfortably and naturally.

What benefits do dental implants offer compared to dentures or bridges?

Because they’re attached or fused to the jaw bone, dental implants are very secure, so there’s no risk of embarrassing slippage or sore spots that can form when dentures or bridges are loose. Implants are also very easy to care for. In fact, an implant is cared for just like a natural tooth, with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental visits to ensure the gum surrounding the implant remains healthy. And finally, an implant helps promote the natural bone replenishment cycle in the jaw so bone doesn’t weaken and become thin. Dentures and bridges rest on top of the gum and do not promote the replacement of old bone with new bone, which means jaw bone becomes thin over time, contributing to additional tooth loss.