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Is your smile suffering from a missing tooth? This not only has the obvious aesthetic ramifications of showing a noticeable gap in your smile, but can hinder your overall chewing ability, effect the other teeth in your mouth, cause bone resorption and accelerate the physical aging process.

Dental implants are currently the best option to replace missing teeth with new fixed teeth that function just like your own healthy teeth would. They involve placement of a specially designed and coated titanium screw(s) which is surgically placed into the bone where teeth are missing. This new foundation or Implant acts as the root of the missing tooth. Customized small posts called abutments are then connected to the implants. These abutments provide stable anchors and connect a natural looking porcelain crown to the implant. Implant will ultimately replace your missing tooth and give you back your smile, chewing function, stabilize your other teeth and generally rejuvenate the aging process and collapse of the jaw and lips caused by missing teeth.

For most patients, placement of dental implants requires two steps. After the initial exam, CT Scan and consultation, Surgery begins by placement of the implant(s) in the bone using a surgical guide. This surgery takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour (3-4 hours for full mouth implant placement) and usually has mild post-operative discomfort or pain. You read this correctly, contrary to what people think, implant placement surgeries are usually not very painful. In fact, most patients have very little to no post-operative pain when they take their prescribed pain medication on time. After a day of recovery most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. For the next 3 to 5 months following the first surgery, the implants remain beneath the gum surface, gradually fusing and integrating with the jawbone. After the implant has fused to the jawbone, the second phase begins. This second phase is a very minor 15-minute procedure that is almost never painful. Either Dr. Yousefi or Dr. Raz will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. This step is necessary if the implants are deep below the gums but may sometimes be avoided. Two weeks after this second phase the restorative process will begin. This is when we start making your crowns. Dr. Yousefi will select the customized abutments or attachments for each implant, take impressions and photographs, record your bite, shade and all the necessary information before meeting meet with his lab technicians who are experts in crown fabrication specifically on implants. Not including the surgical phases that were discussed, the restorative phase can take 2 weeks (for one to 3 implants) to 10 weeks (for full mouth implant restorations with multiple implants). The entire implant procedure usually takes four to eight months from start of implant placement in the bone until the final implant crown is complete.

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By Woodland Hills Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

Cosmetic, Implant and General Dental Services for Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Tarzana, Encino and Surrounding Areas.