For the right patients, dental implants are the best solution for replacing missing teeth because they function, feel and look like your natural teeth.

Although dental implants are an effective and long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth, they are not suited for everyone. Your consultation with Santa Monica implant dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf will determine if you’re a candidate to enjoy the benefits of dental implants.

The process for placing dental implants requires two visits, usually between three and six months apart. The first procedure is for the placing of your dental implant, which is a titanium post that acts as a replacement root for your eventual artificial tooth.

After your jawbone heals and grows around the implant post in a process known as osseointegration, you will come back for the placing of your porcelain crown. This dental crown is custom made from durable porcelain to resemble and work like a natural tooth.

When the dental implants process is complete, your dental implants will perform as well as your natural existing teeth. Dental implants allow you to bite, chew and speak normally.

Dental implants are also easy to maintain with a good dental hygiene routine that includes brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing at least once a day after brushing.

If you would like to learn about the benefits of dental implants, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry to schedule your personal consultation with Santa Monica implant dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf.