“Because you deserve a complete smile!”
At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we offer you dental implant surgery so that you can have a complete smile.
A dental implant works as a replacement for a tooth root. The implants is in the form of a titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath your gums.
Our Dental Implant Services
Single Tooth Implant
The best solution for replacing a missing tooth is a dental implant. A dental implant is either a ceramic or metal screw that is fused to the jawbone. An artificial tooth is then attached to the screw to give the illusion of a natural tooth.
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All-on-4® Treatment Concept
The term All-on-4 comes from all of a patient’s teeth being supported by four titanium implants. The four implants support an unmovable anchor for the prosthesis with a full set of teeth on the lower and upper jaw. This procedure is performed on edentulous patients or people with badly damaged, broken, or compromised teeth.
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Implant Supported Dentures
Implant anchored dentures provide you with a unique alternative to traditional dentures. With this treatment your replacement teeth, ceramic crowns, rely on titanium posts for support rather than your gums. The titanium posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw.
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Amir Sanjabi, DDS offers bone grafting to build up new bone in the area of your jaw that will eventually hold a dental implant. The procedure is relatively simple, and might be an integral step to improving the function and aesthetics of your smile! Graft material can come from a variety of sources. Regardless of which bone graft you receive, the results will be the same — new, healthy bone that will be able to support a dental implant.
Read more about Bone Grafts.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two types of safe dental implants, according to the American Dental Association:
These implants are inserted directly into the jawbone. Once the gum tissue is healed, you will need a second surgery to connect a post to the implant. Lastly, a crown is attached to the post.
This involves fitting a metal frame onto the jawbone just beneath the gum tissue. As the gum heals, the frame will fuse to the jawbone. The frame will have a post that protrudes through the gum. The new crown can be mounted on this.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants work as a tooth root and are not visible in the mouth. These screw-like implants are made of strong and lightweight titanium metal which is biocompatible and has a high success rate. Titanium also has osseointegration properties, allowing it to fuse to the bone once placed inside the jaw. This offers stable support for the artificial tooth or crown and prevents shifting of dentures and bridges mounted on the implants.
Additionally, placing a dental implant inside the jaw not only prevents further bone loss, but also supports facial structures like your gums, cheeks, and lips. A positive point of an implant is that your adjacent teeth won’t need to be shaved down to hold the crown in place. Dental implants also feel more natural than traditional dentures or bridges.
Fitting Dental Implants
The first step in dental implant placement is to insert the dental implant into your jawbone. While it heals, we recommend a diet of soft and cool foods.
Meanwhile, the implant will heal and fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Some patients may need to wait several months for the implant to be integrated before the artificial tooth is attached. Others can have both the implant and crown fitted on the same day.
Lastly, we will mount the artificial tooth on the implant. The tooth or crown will have customized shape, size, and color so that it blends with your natural teeth. However, if you need to have more than a single tooth replaced, bridges or dentures will be made to fit in with your implants.
Limitations of Dental Implant Surgery
||We recommend dental implants if you have healthy gums and sufficient bone structure to support the dental implant. To make sure your dental implants last a lifetime, you also need to have meticulous oral hygiene and dietary habits.
||Some chronic illnesses, like leukemia and diabetes, may prevent healing of the gums after surgery. These patients may not be good candidates for an implant.
||Dental implants are generally more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement.
If having missing teeth is affecting your smile, wearing dentures is making you uncomfortable, or you don’t want to scale down your healthy tooth to make a dental bridge, we at Amir Sanjabi, DDS can check whether dental implants are a viable option for you. Call us at (562) 287-8016 to schedule an appointment with us.