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.
Dental implants have a minimum lifespan of 25 years but because they’re made of durable and biocompatible titanium which is well tolerated by the body and fuses with the jawbone, they can last for a lifetime.
Most patients who receive dental implants never have to replace them in their life as long as they practice good oral hygiene and avoid smoking. However, while the implants themselves don’t need to be replaced, the attached restorations do.
Implants are the posts that replace missing tooth roots but restorations replace the visible portions of the tooth and this is what is attached to the implant. Dental crowns, dentures, and bridges that are attached to implants can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years.
The cost of dental implants varies depending on the complexity of the procedure, how many implants you’re receiving, and how much bone support you have. Some patients have more involved procedures because they need to have teeth extracted or they need bone grafts to create enough bone density to support the implants.
These will add to the total cost of the treatment. Costs can also vary by location, level of expertise of the dentist, and quality of materials or technology. On average, a single-tooth implant ranges from $3,000 - $5,000.
This covers the cost of the implant, abutment, and crown. For full-arch implants can cost tens of thousands of dollars depending on the number of implants being used and whether you are replacing one or both arches of teeth. However, if your dental insurance covers dental implants, they may cover up to 50% of the procedure. Contact your insurance directly to find out what they will cover.
Yes, dental implants can get infected and this infection is known as peri-implantitis. It’s much like gum disease in that it causes inflammation and destruction of the supporting tissues around the implants which increases the risk of implant failure.
However, it is very rare for implants to become infected as long as you practice good oral hygiene and avoid smoking. If you notice signs of peri-implantitis such as a loose implant, bad breath, or swollen, tender, and bleeding gums, contact Dr. E right away. Infected implants are a dental emergency that needs to be treated right away.
Dental implants have many advantages over other tooth restorations. Their most valuable asset is that they prevent bone loss, while other restorations accelerate bone resorption.
While you can replace missing teeth with bridges or dentures, they won’t prevent facial sagging, and the changes to your face will require premature replacement of dentures or collapsing facial features.
If you’re looking for a permanent tooth replacement, you won’t find a more durable or biocompatible restoration. Implants last for a lifetime and become integrated with the jawbone, forming artificial tooth roots.
These tooth roots hold the implants securely in place so that your tooth replacements never move no matter what you eat or how long you speak. This also means no dietary restrictions on what you can eat for the rest of your life, as your implants look, feel, and function just like real teeth.