Our dental office often sees patients who could gain assistance from dental implants. Patients who have missing teeth are pleased that they can now get permanent replacements for these teeth. The American Dental Association highly regards dental implants. The group praises implants as being one of the best modern innovations in dentistry.
Our dental implant specialist, Dr. Shahkarami, believes patients need to know that dental implants are not just cosmetic, but they have definite health impacts. Here are the most important health-related reasons for getting dental implants.
- Lesser impact on existing teeth- Dental bridges were once the most common tooth replacement method. Even though bridges are useful, implants are a superior choice because our dentist will not alter the healthy teeth around the space to help secure a bridge.
- Prevention of bone loss- When a permanent tooth is missing, your body reacts, and your brain receives signals that the space the tooth once occupied is not useful. With no root to fill in the space, your body permits the jaw to degenerate slowly. The resulting bone loss is unhealthy and unattractive. When Dr. Shahkarami places the implant in your mouth, the body feels it and considers the jaw bone necessary because it is holding a tooth. There is no longer a risk of bone loss.
The dental implant process can take a lot of time. From start to finish, our patients spend several months working toward completed implants.
Your treatment takes place in our office, where Dr. Shahkarami and a dental assistant will be at chairside, performing the implant procedure. Our office places your dental implants in two phases.
PHASE ONE-The first step is administering a local anesthetic; then our dentist makes a small cut in your gum. Our dentist preps the empty area and inserts a screw into your jaw and closes the incision.
Healing your gums and fusing the screw to your jaw are natural processes that take place next. Your jaw must heal before phase two begins. Because each patient is unique, this takes between three and six months. Once your jaw bone fuses around the screw, there is a base for the next phase of treatment.
PHASE TWO- During step two of the implant process, Dr. Shahkarami places an abutment on the screw. This is the base of your new tooth. Next, Dr. Shahkarami makes an impression of the abutment. This will be the mold for your permanent crown. Creating and placing the permanent crown is the final step, and you can enjoy your implants.
Call our office if you think dental implants could be right for you. Dr. Shahkarami and our staff can give you the details that you need to decide regarding implants.
Implant and Anterior Crowns
Invisalign Implant Veneers
18399 Ventura Blvd #251, Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: (818) 345-5286
Fax: (818) 975-5083
Monday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM