If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, dental implants can safely restore your smile and confidence, while making daily activities like chewing, biting, and speaking much easier. At his practice in Arcadia, California, cosmetic dentist Hanfu Lee, DDS, has more than 10 years of experience placing dental implants and implant crowns. To schedule your appointment, call the office to speak with a friendly team member, or use the online booking tool today.

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small metallic posts that serve as replacement tooth roots. Unlike other types of dental restorations, implants don’t rely on your surrounding healthy teeth for support. Instead, Dr. Lee surgically places them into small incisions into your gum line––one for each missing tooth. Following your operation, your bone grows around the base of each implant, fusing them to your jaw.

Dr. Lee is one of the area’s most trusted dental implant experts. Dentists from all over California turn to Dr. Lee to assist with implants for their patients, thanks to his years of experience and gentle treatment. In fact, Dr. Lee performs implant surgery for dentists from San Diego to San Jose.

How do dental implants improve my oral health?

Dental implants improve your oral health in a variety of ways, including: 

  • Improved facial appearance
  • Clearer speech
  • Easier eating
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Better oral health

Dental implants are also more convenient than traditional dentures. Because they connect to metal posts, you don’t need to use messy or sticky adhesives. 

Does it take a series of appointments to receive dental implants?

Receiving dental implants takes several appointments spaced weeks or months apart. 

If Dr. Lee determines you’re a good candidate for implants, and you have healthy gums and plenty of bone volume, he conducts implant surgery. During implant surgery, Dr. Lee carefully inserts a series of small metal posts into small incisions in your gums. After your operation, you return home for three to four months while your mouth heals.

Once your mouth heals, you return to Dr. Lee’s office, and he takes impressions of your remaining teeth. He sends these impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your dental crowns, permanent bridge, or implant-supported dentures. 

After Dr. Lee receives your crowns, permanent bridge, or implant-supported dentures, you return for a final appointment. Dr. Lee carefully bonds your crowns, bridge, or implant-supported denture to your implant posts, restoring your smile to its healthy, vibrant condition.

What steps should I take to keep my dental implants in great shape?

If you want to keep your dental implants in great shape, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Lee recommends brushing your teeth twice each day, flossing your teeth once a day, and participating in an oral exam and professional cleaning every six months. To avoid chips, cracks, or other damage, you should also steer clear of bad habits like biting your nails or chewing on ice.

Schedule your dental implant appointment at Hanfu Lee, DDS, by calling the office or booking online today.