James I. Hernandez, DDS
General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Beverly Grove & Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA
Missing teeth leave gaps in your smile and impair your oral health. Fortunately, there is a solution. James I. Hernandez, DDS, offers high-quality dental implants for his patients in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, looking for a modern and effective way to replace their missing teeth. Find out more about how dental implants can improve your smile and schedule a visit with Dr. Hernandez today by calling the office or booking online.
Dental Implants Q&A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the most technologically advanced tools in modern dentistry. They’re tiny, biocompatible posts or screws used to replace the root where you’re missing a tooth. Because they’re biocompatible, they fuse with your bone tissue in a process called osseointegration.
Once fused, your dental implants provide unparalleled support as a foundation for a restoration. You can use a dental implant and a crown to replace a single missing tooth, or you can use multiple dental implants and a bridge or dentures to replace many missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Replacing your teeth with dental implants boasts several benefits, including:
- Improved speech, chewing, and digestion
- Hold your remaining teeth in position
- Cosmetically enhance your smile
- Replace teeth without having to remove enamel from existing teeth
Dental implants are long-lasting and have a high success rate. Because they effectively replicate the structure of a natural tooth, they feel, function, and look similar to the real thing.
One of the biggest advantages that dental implants have over other tooth-replacement solutions (like traditional dentures or bridges) is that they connect directly to your jawbone and stimulate your bone tissue.
When your bone tissue doesn’t receive proper stimulation, it can begin to resorb or deteriorate. Dental implants, therefore, help to prevent the bone loss that’s typically associated with missing teeth.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
For your dental implants to be successful, you need to have healthy gums and substantial bone tissue in your jaw. If you’re experiencing gum disease, Dr. Hernandez needs to treat it before you can get dental implants.
Your jawbone, meanwhile, is the anchor for your dental implants, and if you don’t have enough bone tissue, the implants won’t have a strong foundation to fuse with. Dr. Hernandez can administer a CT scan with state-of-the-art tools from Dentsply Sirona© to determine whether you have enough tissue in your jawbone and evaluate your need for a bone graft.
To learn more about how dental implants can improve your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hernandez today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.