Implant Restoration Specialist

Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS -  - Periodontist

Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS

Periodontist & Cosmetic Dentist located in South Pasadena, CA

Are missing or unhealthy teeth holding you back from enjoying life? If so, reach out to Jennifer Cha, DMD, at her practice in South Pasadena, California, for information about implant restoration. Dr. Cha offers life-changing implant restoration options using innovative techniques. Learn more about how she can help you restore your smile and confidence by calling the office.

Implant Restoration Q&A

What is implant restoration?

Implant restoration is the entire process of restoring your smile using dental implants and dental prostheses. 

Implant restoration can help you fix issues with your smile like:

  • Missing teeth
  • Teeth badly damaged by decay
  • Worn and weak teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth

Implant restoration can also restore your face shape if it has begun to collapse due to tooth loss, and it’s an excellent alternative if you’ve found that your mouth cannot successfully support non-implant prostheses, like bridges or dentures.

How does implant restoration work?

To begin your implant restoration, Dr. Cha discusses your goals with you and goes over your oral health history. Then, she takes X-rays and uses a 3D computed tomography (CT) scanner to take an image of your teeth.

If you qualify for dental implants, the next step is implantation. During implantation, Dr. Cha sets sturdy titanium posts (dental implants) into your jawbone, where it can fuse with your bone and act as artificial tooth roots. 

Once your implants heal, Dr. Cha attaches a connective post, called an abutment, to each one and adheres your custom-made artificial crowns to the abutments. 

Dr. Cha also repairs and replaces dental implant restorations from other practices that have developed complications or no longer fit you correctly.

Am I a good candidate for implant restoration?

Dr. Cha performs implant restorations on patients with countless different stories, but all with the same goal — a natural-looking, attractive, and functional smile. They all also share certain qualities that made them good candidates for implant restoration.

You too may be a good candidate for implant restoration if you:

  • Have healthy gums
  • Have a jawbone that is healthy and strong enough to hold and fuse with a dental implant
  • Are willing to practice good oral hygiene practices
  • Are able to commit several months to the restoration process

If your gums or bones aren’t healthy enough for dental implants, but you’re still interested in them, ask Dr. Cha if treatments to improve your oral health, like sinus lifts, periodontal deep cleanings, or bone grafting, can help.

Please note that if you struggle with an uncontrolled chronic illness, are a heavy smoker, or have had radiation in your head or neck area, you may not be a good candidate for implant restoration.

You deserve a beautiful, functional smile that lets you laugh, talk, eat, and drink with confidence. If you want to learn more about implant restoration, reach out to Jennifer Cha, DMD, to book an appointment over the phone today.