Dental Implants

Missing teeth can cause a chain reaction of serious consequences for your oral health. Missing roots cause bone loss in the jaw, recession, and ridge height reduction. Over time, adjacent and opposing teeth may begin to shift, compromising your overall occlusion, or bite. Missing teeth make a person self-conscious about smiling, speaking, and eating, which in turn, diminishes confidence in social settings and in the workplace. Dental Implants restore functionality and create a pleasing, confidence-boosting aesthetic appearance. Two or more implants can support a dental bridge or even a permanent denture.

What are dental implants? 

Dental implants are one of many marvelous options a dentist has, to replace missing or irreparably damage natural teeth. A biocompatible material, such as titanium is fashioned into a small screw-style post and implanted into the jaw. The post fuses into place and is eventually fitted with an attractive crown.

How long does it take to replace a missing tooth with an implant? 

In order to have the best outcome, at least 2-3 months! It is important to recognize that the site that receives the implant must heal around the implant properly to form an anchor of solid bone. Once the implant is firmly set, your dentist will fit you for a new crown. Fabrication of a strong, natural-looking crown can take an additional few weeks.

Am I a good candidate for a dental implant?

Only an experienced professional dentist can tell you what your likelihood of enjoying a successful dental implant may be.  

Certain medical conditions and use of particular medications may prohibit the placement of dental implants. Sometimes, the supporting ridge may be too deteriorated to secure an implant. Proximity to a major nerve or blood vessel could require your dentist to take a different approach. Whatever the case, the sooner you address your dental issues, the greater your odds of a successful resolution.

Dr. Sanaz has attended the prestigious U.S.C. Comprehensive Surgical and Restorative Implant Training program and can address all your questions and concerns.