Missing teeth negatively impact both the appearance and the health of your smile. If you’re missing teeth, dental implants offer a state-of-the-art solution to restore your smile. Parvaz Farnad Mizrahi, DDS, MPH, is a renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon who uses the most recent technology in the digital format for the precise placement of the implants. She has helped numerous patients replace their missing teeth with high-quality titanium and/or zirconia implants. Whether for one single missing tooth or the full arch rehabilitation, schedule a visit by phone or online to one of Dr. Mizrahi’s offices in Beverly Hills, California, or the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Dental Implant Q & A
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your mouth was designed to function with all of its teeth working together in harmony, and when one or more teeth aren’t there to do their job, the whole system can suffer. Missing teeth leave an open empty space in your smile into which your remaining teeth can drift, changing the alignment of your bite and leading to excessive wear-and-tear on your teeth and problems with your jaw.Your tooth roots also naturally provide healthy stimulation to your jawbone. When you’re missing teeth, your jawbone lacks that stimulation, which leads to bone loss as your jaw no longer regenerates as much new tissue.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that Dr. Mizrahi surgically embeds into your jawbone. They’re made from biocompatible substances that your body doesn’t recognize as a foreign object, enabling your implant to fuse with your jawbone as you recover from the surgery to place them. Most implants are made from titanium, but Dr. Mizrahi also offers zirconia or white implants as a metal-free alternative for patients who have allergies or autoimmune diseases. Once fused with your jawbone, your implant provides an exceptionally sturdy foundation for a dentist to place a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures. The implant-restoration combination gives you a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like the real thing.
What is involved with getting dental implants?
First, you and Dr. Mizrahi discuss your anesthesia and sedation requirements in order to ensure that your surgery is as comfortable as possible for you. Depending on your needs, she might recommend intravenous sedation. Once you’re anesthetized and sedated, Dr. Mizrahi makes an incision in your gum, drills a hole in your jawbone, places your implant, and sutures up your incision site. Your jawbone fuses with your implants as you heal over the next three to six months. During this healing phase, Dr. Mizrahi provides you with dentures so that you don’t have to go toothless. In order to connect your restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures, Dr. Mizrahi needs to connect your implants to an abutment. This can either be done during the surgery to place your implants or afterward. If you opt to have them placed during your initial procedure, they’ll be visible in your smile during your healing process. If you opt to have them placed afterward, you’ll need to have a second, albeit simple, surgery. Dr. Mizrahi works with you to determine the best course of action for your particular needs and preferences. Once your implants and abutments are firmly set in your jawbone, your restorative dentist takes an impression of your mouth, makes your restoration, and bonds it in place on the abutment.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
You need to have healthy gums and sufficient bone tissue in your jaw for dental implants to be successful. If you’re suffering from periodontal disease, Dr. Mizrahi or your dentist will need to address it before you can get implants. If you don’t have sufficient bone tissue, Dr. Mizrahi can perform a bone graft or a sinus lift to create the proper foundation for your implants. Other factors that might affect your suitability for implants include:
- Heavy smoking
- Uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease
- A history of radiation therapy to the neck or head
Dr. Mizrahi evaluates her patients on a case-by-case basis and does her best to ensure that their implant process is safe and effective. Schedule your consultation NOW.
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