Dental Implant Procedure
Many of my patients want to learn more about the dental implants procedure. Los Angeles and Beverly Hills patients are often amazed by the transformations possible with modern implant technology at my practice.
Dr. Alex A. Farnoosh, a periodontist in Beverly Hills, has performed hundreds of dental-implant procedures: schedule an appointment or call (310) 928-1796 to set up your consultation. To help make your procedure affordable, Dr. Farnoosh offers several convenient financing options through leading healthcare credit companies.
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- Certified by the American Board of Periodontology
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- Invented minimally invasive gummy smile correction techniques
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- Trains dentists in gum bleaching and gummy smile treatments
- Transformed smiles of thousands of patients around the world
Surgery from an Implant Dentist
Due to the nature of dental implants, your surgery may take place over several visits, but immediate loading of the dental implants is available in many cases.
Depending on your needs, I use local or general anesthetic during each visit. First, after any existing tooth or tooth root is removed, I make a pilot hole in the bone, insert the implant screw, and allow the implant to bond to the bone over a period of a few months.
After this, a temporary crown (or prosthetic tooth) is placed on the implant to encourage the gum to grow in a natural shape and assess the visual appeal of the restored tooth. At your next appointment, a permanent crown will be installed on the implant.
Even if you are missing bone in your top jaw, I am able to supplement the bone to give enough area to anchor the dental implant. This procedure, called a sinus lift, involves grafting bone to the maxilla (the upper jaw) to reduce the size of the sinus cavity and create adequate bone to place an implant.
For most of my Los Angeles dental implants patients, I am able to place the implants without cutting tissue. Because of the innovative methods I use, your procedure may not require stitches and I am able to minimize the discomfort, bleeding, and longer recovery time commonly seen with conventional treatment methods.
A shortened time between initial implant placement and installation of the crown may be appropriate for select patients, and in specific situations, the implant and crown may be installed during the same procedure. However, keep in mind that most patients require several months for the implant to bond to the bone before the crown is installed.
Risks and Recovery
After treatment, I will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive care plan, including periodic follow-up visits to monitor the overall health of your implants, natural teeth, and gums.
Depending on the patient and the extent of the surgery, swelling, bruising, and discomfort may be mild to moderate, and may last for a few days. Pain medication and antibiotics will help minimize discomfort and speed recovery.
Complications occur in less than 5% of cases, and include the implant failing to integrate into the bone, causing inflammation in soft tissue or bone. Living a healthy lifestyle and watching your diet are the best things you can do to increase your chance of surgical success.
For instance, research suggests that smoking significantly increases the chance that your implant will fail, since smoking tends to decrease blood flow to the tissues surrounding the implant and may increase the risk of infection. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care, such as brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.
To learn more about whether you are a candidate for dental implants, visit our page that discusses who’s having the surgery and what benefits you can expect from dental implants.