Dental Implants

South Bay Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists located in Torrance, CA

Missing teeth pose a serious risk to your overall oral health, in addition to being an eyesore in your smile. MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team at South Bay Prosthodontics can restore the appearance of your smile and improve your oral health with dental implants. To learn more, schedule an appointment at their state-of-the-art clinic in Torrance, California. You can book your visit by calling the office.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are one of the most state-of-the-art tooth replacement solutions available in modern dentistry. They’re tiny, titanium posts that are placed in your jaw, where they function as artificial tooth roots. 

Titanium is biocompatible, meaning that your body doesn’t recognize it as a foreign substance. This allows your implant to actually fuse with your jawbone as you heal from the placement procedure, making it virtually identical in function to a natural tooth root.

Once fused, a dental implant provides a strong and sturdy foundation on top of which the team at South Bay Prosthodontics can place a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or fixed dentures.

Why should I replace my missing teeth?

Besides the aesthetic drawbacks, missing teeth can also do a lot of damage to your oral health.

Missing teeth can cause your remaining teeth to drift out of alignment, as they gradually shift into the empty space left by the missing tooth. 

This can throw off the proper distribution of force in your bite, leading to premature and excessive wear and tear on your remaining teeth. It can also leave you more susceptible to developing complications with your jaw, like TMJ disorder.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The biggest benefit of dental implants is that they replace missing teeth, which directly benefits your ability to enjoy food and make your smile whole again, improving both its appearance and function.

Implants have a number of advantages over other restorative options, as well, like:

  • Teeth that are fixed in place and won’t fall out
  • More comfortable and natural-feeling
  • Don’t require reducing enamel on neighboring teeth
  • Easier to eat with
  • They don’t get decay

Dental implants also boast a very high success rate, and with regular dental checkups and good at-home care, your dental implants can last a lifetime.

How do I get started with dental implants?

Your path to better oral health and a beautiful smile begins with South Bay Prosthodontics. We are proud to Partner with the Dental Implant Surgeons at Permadent® Dental Implant Center in Torrance, California, where their team of implant experts take exceptional care of our patients.

Once the specialists at Permadent Dental Implant Center have successfully placed your dental implants, we at South Bay Prosthodontics finish your tooth replacement by fitting you with a strong and beautiful restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures. 

To learn more about how dental implants can improve your smile, schedule an appointment with South Bay Prosthodontics today by calling the office.