Single Tooth Implant
When you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on teeth next to the space, causing them to shift.
Opposing teeth may even begin to extrude out of the socket, which means they too could eventually be
As your bite changes, it gets more difficult to chew your food, and you may suffer damage to your jaw
joint. It’s also much harder to clean teeth that have shifted, harmful plaque and tartar collect in the new
hard-to-reach places created by the shifting, causing tooth decay and periodontal disease.
For all these reasons, it is critical that we replace a lost tooth. An excellent option for replacing a missing
tooth is an artificial tooth secured by a dental implant. Implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically
placed in your jaw to serve as artificial tooth roots. Attaching a replacement tooth to an implant allows
us to avoid placing the bridge. Bridges require that we prepare the adjacent natural teeth, and that weakens
An implant and crown is practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and it fits so securely that
you won’t even notice it when you chew and speak. When we place an implant, it is not necessary for us
to alter the structure of the adjacent teeth, so their strength and integrity is maintained. Also, an
implant replaces the roots of a missing tooth, which helps to lessen the bone loss that occurs when a
tooth is missing. In essence, an implant is the next best thing to your natural tooth.
Start-to-finish, the procedure may require several months to complete because it can take about four to
six months for the implant to fuse to your bone tissue through a process called osseointegration . An
implant won’t work for you if you aren’t in good general health. Your gums and jaw bone must be
healthy enough to support the implant, and you must be meticulous about your daily homecare routine.
You’ll also need to visit us up to four times a year for cleanings.
We won’t recommend an implant if you suffer from a chronic illness such as diabetes or you are taking
medicine for osteoporosity for a long term, as this interfere with healing. And if you are a smoker, you
may not be a good candidate for an implant.
You can reach Dr. Jangsook Kim at 661-253-3030, www.cinemadentalcare.com, 23501 Cinema Dr, Suite
114, CValencia, CA 91355.
김 장 숙 <시네마 덴탈케어 원장> Tel. (661) 253-3030