You may be thinking yourself about getting dental implants, or perhaps your own doctor is referring you to our facility for the procedure. For among the best dental implants Los Angeles has available, the dental team at MD Periodontics routinely provides top quality service, they are helmed by board certified periodontist and with a Masters of Science degree from USC, Dr. Abdy Moshrefi.
Accurate, pinpointed placement is very important, not only for the implant itself but also in relation to the jawbone and surrounding teeth. The examination also determines if your bone structure is sufficient to support a dental implant. If it's found that you do not have adequate bone to accept an implant, we can go over your options to remedy that, such as bone grafts to build up more bone.
Dental Implant Procedure
The same process is involved with multiple implants as with a single implant. The implant posts, made of titanium or zirconia, are placed in the jaw, where they will integrate with the bone. Depending upon how many teeth are being replaced by implants, there can be just one or two posts placed, or there can be several in the upper and lower jaws. With our two board-certified periodontists, patients benefit from among the best dental implant dentists Los Angeles has to offer.
Many dentists refer their patients to us, due to our reputation and extensive experience.. We work closely with these referrals and coordinate various procedures. For example, your own dentist may want to provide your permanent crown, in which case we make sure you leave with a temporary crown. Rest assured your smile will look great after your visit the same day.
Dental Implant Process
When you arrive for your implant procedure:
The site will be numbed.
The doctor will create a hole surgically in the gums and jawbone where the implant will be placed.
The implant post is then inserted into the jawbone.
After the dental implant post is seated in the jawbone, the implant will be temporarily capped off and the gums sutured back in place if necessary so they can heal. In addition, the post will need time to integrate into the bone, called osseointegration.
Once healing and bone integration is complete, an abutment will be attached to the post. This is the connection piece between the post and the restoration, such as a crown.
With a zirconia all-ceramic dental implant, the abutment is part of the post, so this step is eliminated. A temporary crown will be placed on the abutment for the healing phase, which will protect it from tongue thrust and to keep food particles out of the implant site. Once healed, the temporary crown will be removed and a permanent crown placed.
A crown is secured on top of the implant as the final step.
Zirconia Dental Implants
Some patients prefer implants that don't contain any metal. In these cases, Dr. Moshrefi and Daneshmand are excited to provide zirconia all-ceramic implants. In fact, when you are looking for the best zirconia dental implants Los Angeles can offer, our practice is one of only a few qualified to do the procedure, although they have been used successfully and safely in Europe for more than a decade.
Not only do they perform as well as titanium implants, but possibly better. The main reason for this is because ceramic, a very strong and biocompatible material, will not corrode. We use CeraRoot implants, which feature a ceramic post and abutment. The abutment is the top of the post that will attach to the crown. With a CeraRoot implant, the whole restoration is white, so there is no possibility of metal showing under the crown. Thus, you have a very natural-looking restoration that is also very strong and resistant to bacteria.
Are you thinking about getting zirconia dental implants? Los Angeles is the place to go, where top tier periodontists, Dr. Moshrefi and Dr. Daneshmand, routinely demonstrate their implant expertise for clients who come to them from around the world.
A dental implant is done to replace a tooth or several teeth. It is a post that is surgically placed in the jawbone, simulating the root of the missing tooth. The post provides a very strong, secure foundation upon which a crown will be attached in the final stages of the restoration. The result is a stable restoration that looks, feels and acts like a natural tooth.
About Ceramic Implants
Zirconia dental implants are made from a ceramic material that encourages complete bonding with the bone in the jaw. These ceramic posts have been shown to integrate seamlessly into the body, without signs of inflammation or the risk of rejection.
Patients who have thin or semitransparent gums may have a condition in which the titanium posts are visible under the thin gum tissue. This gives an unsightly, less-than-desirable appearance, particularly if the gums recede to some degree in the future. With zirconia dental implants, the post matches the material of the bone flawlessly, blending with the material of your natural teeth to provide a natural, healthy appearance. As zirconia dental implants are designed to be placed immediately following tooth extraction, there is no embarrassing adjustment period needed while a titanium post is integrated into your jawbone.
As zirconia dental implants are crafted from a ceramic material, none of these issues are a problem. In the past metal was used for dental work because of the strength of the material, and the long-term strength of the material. Through careful scientific examination, it's been found that advanced zirconia implants, crafted from customized ceramic material, has the mechanical strength to go the distance. Even better, ceramic is both non-corrosive and non-allergenic providing long-term, natural-looking tooth replacements. These implants make it possible to be free from concerns about the potential of consequences from introducing metal into your body.
The amount of measurable force exerted by the teeth and jaw through the act of chewing is the greatest force your body creates. The ceramic used in zirconia dental implants is created specifically to withstand the force of chewing. As zirconia is known for durability and longevity, your tooth restoration will be sturdy, attractive, and function exactly like a natural tooth – perfect.
Titanium Dental Implants
Before dental implant technology became available, the only solutions for replacing teeth were traditional bridges and dentures. Now, this new technology has soared in popularity. Dental implants offer a much more durable, safe, functional and aesthetic option to replace missing teeth. They are made either from metal or ceramic, and both are very workable.
For implants made of metal, titanium is the top choice. It is very strong, biocompatible, and resists corrosion. When it is inserted into the jawbone, it progressively integrates with the surrounding bone. An abutment is attached to the top of the post, and a crown, bridge or denture will be attached securely to the abutment.
The success rate of titanium implants is high. Complications are rare and will last for many years or even a lifetime. At MD Periodontics, our very experienced periodontists provide the best titanium dental implants Los Angeles has available.
Dental Implants Vs. Traditional Bridges
It's always best to preserve healthy teeth whenever possible. Having an implant instead of a bridge safeguards the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, since they don't have to be shaved down. Additionally, a bridge makes it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene, whereas an implant allows you to brush and floss just as you would with natural teeth. Implants are also less expensive, as they last a lifetime. A bridge only lasts about five to ten years, at which time it would need to be replaced.
Sometimes patients are in need of extensive dental care due to multiple missing teeth caused by severe decay, extreme erosion, an accident, etc. Rather than just missing one or two teeth, they may need all, or nearly all, of their teeth replaced.
CERAMIC VS. METAL IMPLANTS
Both titanium and zirconium ceramic implants have advantages and disadvantages that patients should be aware of before choosing their implant material. The question of ceramic vs metal implants requires an in depth conversation with one of our experienced implant specialists at MD Periodontics.
Dental Implant FAQ
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 IN 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.