Dental Implants


Steven H. Charng, DDS

General Dentist located in Arcadia, CA

If you’ve lost a tooth, dental implants are an excellent way to fill the gap in your smile. They’re sturdy and long-lasting, and at UDental’s Arcadia, California office, Dr. Steven Charng can give you implants that look and function like your natural teeth. If you’d like to know more, call or use the online scheduling tool today and set up a consultation.

Dental Implants Q&A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a titanium prosthesis that Dr. Charng places in your jawbone beneath your gums. These titanium screw prosthesis provides support for prosthetic teeth.

Since dental implants are integrated into your jawbone, the artificial tooth that Dr. Charng places on the implant won’t slip or slide in your mouth.

If you’ve lost a tooth and have a gap in your smile, dental implants can revitalize your smile. They’re often the go-to healthy, conservative, and cosmetic choice when patients have missing teeth.

How do dental implants work?

Placing dental implants is a multi-stage process. First, Dr. Charng checks to make sure your jawbone is strong enough, and the surrounding gums are healthy enough to support an implant. In some cases, he needs to perform either bone grafting or a sinus lift to create the right environment for your implant.

Bone grafting involves adding bone-like material onto your jawbone and then waiting a few months for strong, new bone to form. A sinus lift means raising the floor of the upper jawbone’s sinus space to create enough depth for an implant to be placed.

Once you have a sufficient support structure, Dr. Charng proceeds with your implant at his office. It’s a relatively simple process; he uses small tools to position your implant. After your procedure, you attend follow-up visits with Dr. Charng to ensure your implant is healing well.

Is it hard to adjust to dental implants?

No, getting used to dental implants shouldn’t be too difficult. Dental implants are the closest restoration to natural teeth as possible. The secure fit of your new implant and crown makes it easy to speak, chew, smile, and laugh just like you would with your natural teeth.  

How long do dental implants last?

If you take care of your dental implants, they should last your lifetime. Taking care of them means routine dental checkups to maintain good oral health. Such as professional cleanings, checkup exams, and brushing and flossing your teeth as you would normally.

To learn more about dental implants, call or use the online booking tool today and set up a consultation.