Dental Implants

Dental Implants Explained

There are several reasons why patients may be missing their natural teeth. Whether they have experienced tooth loss due to periodontal disease or an injury to the mouth, Drs. Gohar Hovsepyan and Karen Baghdasaryan of Viva Smile can help. Dental implants are a common solution for patients who are missing one or more teeth within the smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

The best way to describe dental implants are as tooth root replacements. Replacing missing teeth is achieved with the use of a titanium post. These posts are extremely small but are placed into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery. The titanium post acts as a root. It takes hold in the bone after the process of osseointegration occurs, where bone growth occurs and wraps around the implant to solidify it in place. The implant is then restored in a number of ways. Patients replacing a single tooth will have the abutment covered with a dental crown. Patients needing an anchor for a dental bridge will have a bridge placed over the top, using the dental implant for one or both sides of the bridge placement. Additionally, some patients use dental implants for dentures. A set of false teeth for the entire arch is fabricated and then placed with the dental implants for stability and strength.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have a variety of benefits. First of all, they are known for lasting longer than any other dental restoration. Unlike other restorations such as bridges and dentures, implants do not need to be replaced. They are highly successful, with most implants staying in place following oral surgery. Dental implants are natural-looking and function just like the existing teeth. They do not require much along the lines of special attention, making them an easy option for individuals who want a “no muss, no fuss” solution to tooth loss. Dental implants do require patients to have sufficient bone structure for successful placement, which can be determined with an x-ray at the dental office.

Who Is a Candidate for Implants?

Candidates for dental implants must meet the following conditions:

  • An acceptable level of general health.
  • Have healthy gums. In cases periodontal disease in the area to be treated, this should be taken care of before starting the procedure.
  • Enough bone to fix the implants in the jaw. People who do not have sufficient bone density or quantity should have a bone graft before placing the implants.
  • Taking care of your teeth and gums both before and after the intervention. Oral hygiene is essential, as well as regular dental appointments.

Patients interested in determining their candidacy for dental implants are welcome to contact one of our two convenient locations in the areas of Van Nuys and Granada Hills, CA. Our Van Nuys location is at 15333 Sherman Way, Suite M and can be reached by phone for an appointment at (818) 909-0200. Schedule an appointment today to find out why dental implants are a popular choice for many of our patients!

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