Dental implants are very small pieces of titanium that are used to restore missing teeth. These are shaped like a screw, and surgically placed into your jaw bone by an oral surgeon. When they heal, they bond permanently with your mouth. Then, Dr. Naman Zia Ebrahimi (Dr. E) can restore your implant with a crown or another restoration, replacing your missing tooth. If you’re missing one or more teeth in Fountain Valley, contact us to schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. Naman Zia Ebrahimi, and see if dental implants are right for you.
First, you’ll come into our office for a consultation with Dr. E. He will examine your mouth and determine if implants are right for you. If you’re approved, he will refer you to an oral surgeon for implant placement surgery.
Your oral surgeon will develop a treatment plan, then perform your implant placement surgery. They will clean and numb your mouth, then make an opening in the jaw, right where your missing tooth used to be. Then, they will place a titanium implant precisely in this area. They will clean and suture the area, then send you home with recovery instructions.
You’ll come back to our office a few times as you heal from your surgery. It takes 1-2 weeks for your mouth to heal, but it takes 3-6 months for the implant to bond permanently with your jaw. Dr. E will keep an eye on things and make sure you’re healing properly. He will also take images and impressions of your mouth, and work with a dental lab to build your permanent dental implant restoration.
Once your implant has fully healed, you’ll come back to our office to have your final implant restoration, such as a dental crown, attached to your dental implant. Then, you’ll go home with a brand-new smile that will last for decades to come.
Single-tooth implants are the most common type of dental implant, and are a good option if you only are missing one or a few teeth. They use one dental implant and a single crown to replace one missing tooth. You can get multiple single-tooth implants to replace several missing teeth. Your implant will look, feel, and function just like a real tooth, and will require no special care beyond regular brushing and flossing.
Full-arch implants consist of a series of 4-6 implants. These are placed in the upper, lower, or both arches of your mouth, depending on your needs. Then, they support a set of removable or fixed implant dentures. The dentures snap directly onto the implants. This means they are held in place much more securely and will never move or shift, unlike with traditional dentures. Full-arch dentures also help keep your jaw bone healthy, and last a lot longer than traditional dentures.
As the name suggests, mini implants are similar to standard implants, but they are only about half the size. This means that they are less expensive, require less bone mass, and can even provide faster results. Depending on the patient and their oral health, they can be used to replace one tooth, several missing teeth, or a full arch of missing teeth.
We offer dental implant maintenance as part of every six-month teeth cleaning at the office of Dr. Naman Zia Ebrahimi. Just like natural teeth, dental implants and restorations should be cleaned regularly. This helps keep your smile bright, protects your oral health, and ensures your dental implants will last you for the rest of your life.
Many patients struggle with gum disease, and if left untreated, can risk losing their teeth and other problems. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and is the only stage that can actually be reversed with deep cleanings and attentive at-home hygiene. If you have gum disease, keeping up with your regular cleanings and checkups will help you gain control over your oral health before it’s too late!
For patients with more advanced stages of periodontitis, we recommend scheduling deep cleanings at more frequent intervals, usually every three to four months. Although the effects of advanced gum disease can’t be reversed, deep cleanings, scaling, and root planing can halt the progression of periodontitis and help preserve your oral health.
Oral cancer screenings are an important part of every preventive care visit. Catching oral cancer in its early stages allows us to stop it before it spreads, and can save your life. That’s why we’ll always check for signs of oral cancer at every preventive visit.
Your dentist will examine your oral tissues, like your gums and tongue, keeping an eye out for abnormalities like lesions, lumps, discolorations. If we find anything unusual, we’ll take a biopsy and send it out to a specialist for a thorough analysis. Although oral cancer isn’t overly common, it’s important to remain proactive and consistent with your oral healthcare routine, so we can identify any issues before they become major problems.
Teeth grinding and clenching while sleeping is a common issue faced by many patients. Night guards are a great solution for this unconscious clenching, also known as bruxism. Night guards form a soft barrier that protects your teeth from damage caused by the pressure of clenching and grinding. Your dentist will take an impression or a scan of your teeth and gums to create a unique mold that will be sent to a dental lab, where your night guard will be custom-crafted. Night guards work by easing the tension in your jaw, alleviating the painful headaches and other side effects of clenching and grinding, so you can get the sleep you need and keep your teeth from wearing down.
Sports mouth guards are worn over the teeth, just like night guards. However sports guards are designed specifically to protect your smile from dental injuries that are so common when playing high-intensity impact sports. Custom-fitted sports guards can help protect athletes from oral trauma caused by collisions to the mouth, face, and head. If you play football, basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, hockey, gymnastics, mountain biking, or other activities that put you at risk for injury due from falls, body contact, or flying objects, ask us about getting fitted for a custom sports guard today! Tailored to fit your unique smile, sports guards are comfortable, durable, and won’t stop you from playing the sports you love.