Many of our patients who are interested in dental implants in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles want to understand the technology behind this tooth replacement method. They often wonder how an artificial tooth can be permanently placed in the mouth. In fact, Dr. Farnoosh believes that understanding the technology behind dental implants helps his patients feel confident about the durability, longevity and appearance of their new teeth.
Dental implants are among the most popular tooth replacement technologies available today, in addition to dental crowns and bridges. Dr. Farnoosh believes that dental implants are the longest-lasting and most efficient of all replacement tooth options. When they were originally introduced, dental implants could be placed only over a series of visits to the dentist, during which the new tooth was constructed in stages. This option may be necessary for some patients, but Dr. Farnoosh also offers non-invasive procedures and immediate loading of dental implants in many cases, taking advantages of the latest technological innovations. In addition, utilizing “laughing gas,” oral medication or IV sedation (twilight sleep) if needed will make your implant experience as pleasant as possible.
Be sure to get the basics of dental implants before reading on to learn more about this exciting technology for people living with tooth loss.
Dental Implant Improvements
Continued innovation in the area of implant dentistry and prosthetic tooth technology has occurred over the last 20 years in order to make dental implant surgery more comfortable, safer, and more effective. The use of advanced materials like zirconium allows for long-lasting tooth durability and remarkable esthetics. Innovation in the technology behind crowns – the actual artificial tooth that is attached to the metal tooth root – means that in almost all cases a dental implant cannot be made from a natural tooth. The crowns or prosthetic teeth used as part of the dental implant procedure generally are made of ceramic or porcelain fused to a metal base, but Zirconium is a new option that is superior to other materials. Crowns are individually constructed in a dental lab and inspected for durability, correct placement and esthetics prior to being attached to the artificial tooth root.
Another important improvement in the dental implant procedure is the ability to place the implant, post, and crown all during a single office visit. This is not only more efficient for the patient but also avoids them having several weeks or months with a gap in their smile. Even if immediate loading of the dental implant is not possible, Dr. Farnoosh can place a temporary crown that will both improve your appearance while your permanent crown is constructed and encourage the gum tissue to heal in the proper way.
Because of the advances in implant technology and the skill of periodontists and restorative dentists who perform this procedure, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have been able to benefit from dental implants, and the long-term success rate of the procedure remains above 90%.
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Dental Implant Placement & Immediate Loading
Depending on the status of your bone and the site to receive the implant, Dr. Farnoosh performs dental implant procedures either in the traditional 3 steps as described below or combining all of these steps into one office visit (“immediate loading”). Dr. Farnoosh is dedicated to providing his patients with implants that are durable, comfortable, and meet their smile makeover goals.
Step 1: Place the Anchor Screws
Dental implant surgery begins by placing the metal anchor into the jaw bone so that the artificial tooth has a firm base for support. Most anchors are constructed using titanium, which is compatible with your body and actually bonds with the surrounding bone over a period of time through a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration will occur over a 3- to 6-month period following the initial placement.
Step 2: Attach the Connectors
The second part of placing a dental implant involves installing a connecting post onto the anchor. This connector is screwed into the anchor and provides support for the crown.
Step 3: Install Your New Tooth
Dr. Farnoosh or his associate colleague completes the procedure by mounting the artificial tooth or teeth onto the connector(s). This process involves great care to ensure proper placement, durability, and esthetics.
See what it’s like to smile, speak, and eat with comfort and confidence: schedule an appointment with Dr. Alex A. Farnoosh, or call (310) 657-0503 to set up a consultation. Before your visit, be sure to watch Dr. Farnoosh’s latest videos discussing dental implants. To help make your procedure affordable, Dr. Farnoosh offers several convenient financing options through leading healthcare credit companies.