Dr. DuBose provides permanent tooth replacement for patients in Brentwood, Santa Monica, and the greater Los Angeles area. The treatment process starts with a patient intake session to diagnose individual dental needs and create a custom treatment plan.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants provide a permanent and better alternative to dentures, crowns, and bridges. They consist of three different parts:

  • The Implant: This is a screw that directly connects to your jaw and acts as a root for your replacement tooth. In some situations, bone may need to be grafted before the implant can be installed.
  • An Abutment: Part of the implant that secures the prosthetic tooth.
  • Crown: This is the actual prosthetic tooth. It is made of porcelain, zirconium, or another dental material and is prefabricated in a dental lab so that it fits perfectly with your natural teeth.

This technology can replace one tooth or multiple teeth. They are often the best permanent solution for people who have failing teeth and other dental problems. Additionally, this type of treatment has a very high success rate for patients. About 98% of implants last for the rest of a patient’s life, where root canals, bridges, and other replacement options typically need to be addressed 5 to 10 years down the road.

The Best Option for Long-Term Treatment

Dental implants are often the best alternative to restore a healthy smile and bite function. Bridges and crowns can contribute to bone deterioration and are often difficult to clean. Tooth-supported treatments generally last only 5 to 10 years, but will eventually need to be replaced. Dental implants can restore jawbone integrity, let you enjoy your favorite foods regularly, and are very easy to clean. They just require normal brushing, flossing, and rinsing.