If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then crowns and bridges can restore your smile and give you back your confidence. Mahnaz Zandi, DDS, MS, at Art of Periodontics in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, is a highly skilled periodontist who specializes in placing the dental implants that crowns and bridges sit on. Call Art of Periodontics today to find out more about dental implants and how they can work for you, or book an appointment with Dr. Zandi online.
Dental implants are roots made of artificial materials that Dr. Zandi inserts into your jaw bone, where they act as an anchor for replacement teeth. Implants provide a secure, often life-long base for crowns, bridges, and whole teeth, which look and feel just like your natural teeth.
Once fitted, you care for the new teeth just as you would look after your natural teeth. Replacement teeth relieve you of the burden of keeping dentures clean and safe and enable you to eat whatever food you like without problems.
Dr. Zandi only uses dental implants made from biocompatible materials to ensure patients don’t experience any allergic reactions. Titanium implants are well-established as being biocompatible, and Dr. Zandi also uses zirconia — or ceramic — implants.
Zirconia implants are entirely nonmetallic, so they’re fully biocompatible. They also have the advantage of being tooth colored, so you avoid the hint of metal at the root of the tooth that’s sometimes visible with titanium implants.
The first stage is for Dr. Zandi to assess the condition of your mouth. Your bone and gums must be healthy and strong enough to hold the implant. If there’s any sign of gum disease or other oral conditions, Dr. Zandi needs to treat these before carrying out the implant surgery.
When you’re ready for the implant procedure, you’re given a local anesthetic to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. Implantation is a relatively quick process, so you shouldn’t find it too inconvenient.
After implantation, Dr. Zandi fits a temporary tooth; then you need to wait for several months, possibly longer, to allow the bone time to grow around the implant and secure it in place.
Integration with the bone is essential for the implant to be successful, and Dr. Zandi monitors your progress at regular intervals to assess when the implant is ready for the final stage.
While your implants are integrating into the bone, your custom-made replacement teeth are made. These are individually designed to match perfectly with your own teeth, so they look completely natural. When your implants are ready, Dr. Zandi fits the new teeth and attaches them with special screws or dental cement.
Implants are the most aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting solution to replacing lost teeth, so if you need new teeth, call Art of Periodontics today or book an appointment online.