Dental Implant FAQ | Beverly Hills
At MD Periodontics, our specialists provide the best dental implants Los Angeles has to offer. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions about dental implants.
How long do implants last?
Implants are designed to last many years, even a whole lifetime. Just like natural teeth, if they are taken care of, you should expect to have them a long time. Various factors monitor this, such as your nutrition, how well you practice regular oral care, your overall body health, impacts to your teeth, etc.
How painful is it to get dental implants?
The placement of an implant is very much like getting a filling; once the area is numb, there is no pain. It is usually a two-stage process, where the gums need to heal where the implant was placed and the post allowed time to integrate into the surrounding bone (osseointegration). You might experience some discomfort for a few days afterwards, and most of the time taking an over-the-counter pain reliever will suffice.
How long is the procedure?
The actual placing of the implant can often be done in less than 60 minutes, but may be longer if several are being done at one time. The final result can take 3-6 months on average. This includes several weeks for gums to heal and the implant to integrate with the jawbone. Most people have temporary bridges or dentures to wear until the final crown or other restoration is secured.
Can I get an implant in the same visit that I have a tooth extracted?
There are times when this can absolutely be done. It will depend on how much bone you have at the extraction site as well as the health of the soft tissues in the area. If both of these factors are good, then it might be possible to place the implant right after the extraction. This can actually save weeks or months of healing time.
Would an implant be better than a bridge?
It depends on the individual case, but quite often, the answer is yes. With a bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth have to be shaved down and then capped with crowns. A false tooth is attached between them to replace the missing tooth. Filing down the two healthy teeth potentially makes them weaker and more susceptible to decay. With an implant, we do not alter any healthy teeth at all.
I was told I did not have enough bone to support an implant. Does that mean I can't ever have implants?
No. There are many techniques we can do to handle that situation. A common procedure is bone grafting, where healthy bone is taken from one site and placed in the area where more bone is needed. Over a period of time, the grafted bone helps generate newer and healthy bone, making the site implant friendly. We can go over with you all the various options to make implants possible for your specific dental case.
Will I have to do anything special to take care of my implants?
Once your implants are completed, you take care of them just as you would natural teeth. You need to brush and floss regularly as well as receive routine checkups. Be sure to keep your gums clean as well. When bacteria are allowed to get under the gums, they will deteriorate and pull away from the implant just as they would with a natural tooth.
Best Dental Implants | Los Angeles
Dr. Abdy Moshrefi and Dr. Nazanin Daneshmand are board-certified specialists in dental implants. Together they have performed over 1000 implants since 1999. Rest assured you are in very experienced and competent hands at MD Periodontics. Our entire staff is dedicated to making sure you are comfortable during all procedures and that we provide the best dental care possible, with the best results from dental implants Beverly Hills has to offer you.