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There are several things that could result in the loss of a tooth, including severe tooth decay or oral trauma. Missing one or more teeth can seriously compromise the function, structure and appearance of your mouth. Fortunately, your dentist, Dr. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, can help replace missing teeth with dental implants.

Placing a dental implant in Burbank, California, involves installing one or more titanium abutments directly into the bones beneath the empty sockets. If a bridge is needed to restore multiple teeth, it will call for two titanium implants to provide secure anchor points.

To install the titanium abutments, an oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums. Then, a small hole will be drilled directly into the bone. The titanium abutment will be screwed into place and a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be cemented over the top to protect it.

In time, the titanium implant will integrate with the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration. This will create a firm anchor point for your eventual dental crown. Once this has been achieved, your dentist can go about the process of fitting you for a dental crown or bridge.

If you are missing one or more teeth and you’re interested in a dental implant, you should call 818-558-4332 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS & Associates, Inc..