If you’re missing one, several, or all of your teeth, dental implants provide a safe, effective restorative option that can improve your smile, as well as your chewing and biting abilities. In Los Angeles, California, board-certified oral surgeon, Silva A. Arejian, DDS, regularly uses dental implants to restore her patients’ smiles. To see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment by calling the Downtown office or booking online today.
Dental implants are a type of restoration that serve as replacement tooth roots. They’re small metal posts, usually made of titanium, that Dr. Arejian surgically places into your jaw through a small incision in your gum. Following surgery, you return home for several months of recovery. During this period, your bone tissue grows around each implant, fusing them to your jaw.
Dental implants match the strength and durability of your natural permanent teeth. They’re easy to brush and floss and don’t require sticky or messy adhesives like dentures. If you take good care of your implants, they can last a lifetime.
Dental implants provide a wide range of advantages, including:
Dental implants also make speaking easier. If you’re used to wearing dentures, you know how they slip and slide around. Dental implants don’t, allowing you to speak confidently.
Dr. Arejian can determine if you’ll benefit from dental implants. Prior to moving forward with treatment, she conducts a thorough oral exam, asks you about your goals for treatment, and takes a series of X-rays. If you don’t have enough bone volume to hold implants, Dr. Arejian might recommend a sinus lift or bone graft before moving forward with treatment.
It’s also important that you let Dr. Arejian know about any chronic health problems you have, like diabetes or high blood pressure. These conditions won’t necessarily prevent you from receiving dental implants, but they may increase your risk of complications.
Receiving dental implants usually takes 6-12 months. This is because your mouth needs to heal following their installation.
During your first surgery, Dr. Arejian administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. If you suffer from dental anxiety, she also offers sedation dentistry. This ensures you’re comfortable throughout treatment.
Once the anesthesia sets in, she carefully places a series of metal posts into small incisions in your gum line to reach your jawbone. Following surgery, you return home for 3-4 months and your bone grows around each implant, a process called osseointegration.
Once your mouth heals, you return to Dr. Arejian’s practice, and she takes impressions of your remaining teeth and sends those impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your crowns, bridge, or implant-supported dentures. She also attaches a metal connector or abutment to each implant.
You return in a couple of weeks to Dr. Arejian’s practice for your third and final appointment, where she bonds your restorations to the abutments. You leave the office with a healthy, vibrant smile.
To request your dental implants appointment with Silva A. Arejian, DDS, call the office or book online today.