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Dental Implants

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Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth because they firmly anchor a crown, bridge or full denture to the jaw. The results are natural function, best appearance, easy cleaning, and confidence when you smile, eat and talk.

Dr. Reza Iranmanesh is not just an expert in dental implant planning and placement. As a prosthodontist, he is a specialist in the creation of prosthetic restorations for best fit, function and appearance. He is trained and experienced at the highest level of his profession for diagnosing and treating difficult cases and managing special health circumstances.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or secure a partial bridge or full denture. Once it is placed in the jawbone and the bone tissue has fused around it, a prosthetic restoration can be fit on the top of the implant.

Dental implants are today’s gold standard of care for replacing teeth when tooth roots are diseased or vulnerable and there is insufficient natural tooth structure remaining to anchor a crown or bridge.

Replacing a Single Missing Tooth

When a single tooth is missing, a dental implant with a crown is an excellent treatment for replacing it. An implant restored with a crown has several advantages. The implant stops the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is lost, and it prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting into the space. Unlike replacing the tooth with a traditional bridge, there is no need to reduce the size of neighboring teeth. The implant placed crown looks and feels like your natural teeth. When you chew and talk, it is strong and stable, functioning like your original healthy tooth.

Replacing More than One Tooth

If you are missing more than one tooth, Dr. Iranmanesh can plan the best implants and restorations for your situation. Replacing multiple teeth can be achieved with multiple single-tooth implants, with implant-fixed partial dentures (implant bridges), with a removable partial denture (RPD) that snaps on and off of implants, or with a conventional fixed partial denture (FPD) that is anchored on one or more implants.

Mini-Implants

Mini-implants are often used where there is not enough jawbone for conventional implants, or to temporarily stabilize a denture while conventional implants are healing. For example, if you have a loose and uncomfortable RPD (removable partial denture), stabilizing it with mini-implants can be an excellent solution. The denture will be held in place by narrow implants placed in the jaw. Your denture will snap onto the implants, keeping it secure in your mouth, but allowing the dentist to remove it for cleaning and checkups. You will eat and talk naturally with confidence, and clean your implanted restoration just like your do your natural teeth.

If you are interested in this procedure, Dr. Iranmanesh will check your denture to confirm that it is suitable for use with mini-implants. If not, he will tell you what is possible to provide you with a new denture that meets the goals of optimal stability, function, and esthetics.

Implant Retained Over Dentures (Full Dentures)

When all the teeth in an arch are missing, an excellent treatment for replacing them is a denture secured with implants. Depending on your situation, the denture may snap onto the implants in your jaw, or it may clip to a bar that is attached to the implants. These systems keep the denture secure in your mouth, but allow the dentist to remove it for cleaning and checkups. When a full denture (over denture) is stabilized on implants, you can eat and talk normally, and will clean your denture just like you do natural teeth. As in the case of crowns and bridges on implants, placing an implant-retained denture generally involves two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. The second phase is fitting the dentures over the implants.

New dentures created by Dr. Iranmanesh will be comfortable and give you a natural-appearing smile. You will be able to smile with total confidence.

How do I know the dental implant will work and last?

Dr. Iranmanesh will help you achieve comprehensive oral health so your fine dentistry lasts. If you have gum or bone health issues, these problems will be solved in conjunction with your dental implant treatment. With rare exception, all people who have missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants when the health of the surrounding bone and gum tissue are optimized, and the most appropriate type of implant is selected for the individual’s special circumstances. If you need a bone graft, periodontal treatment or another procedure, a few more steps will be involved but the quality of life improvements are well worth the extra time and care invested in your mouth.

With proper homecare and regular checkups, your implant can be a long-term solution for a natural-looking smile. With today’s materials and precise methods, dental implants placed by experts have a 95% success rate. Dr. Iranmanesh has experienced even greater success.

What is the dental implant process?

Although each case will be different, placing an implant generally involves two phases, surgically placing the implant and placing a restoration on the implant.

For the surgical placement of the implant, your mouth is thoroughly numbed. An opening is made in your gums, and then a channel is shaped in the bone to receive the implant. Next, the body of the implant is placed into the prepared channel. Sometimes a cover is placed onto the implant and the gums are stitched closed. This method is called a two-stage procedure. In other cases that allow a single-stage procedure, an extension is attached to the implant at the time of surgery. The gum tissue heals around this extension at the same time the bone grows securely against the implant, fusing the implant to the bone. During this time, Dr. Iranmanesh may place a temporary replacement tooth.

If the first phase included closing the gums over the implant, the second phase starts with surgical re-exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in your gums, and a small extension with temporary cap is placed to bring the implant above the gum line. After the gum tissue is given time to heal, the temporary is removed and impressions made of your mouth. The impressions are used to make an accurate model of your mouth, including the implant(s). The crown, bridge or over-denture is then fabricated and fit on the implant(s). Dr. Iranmanesh makes sure the restoration is secure and your bite is the best it can be for smooth function.

The entire process can take a few months or it can be achieved more quickly. It all depends on your individual circumstances. Dr. Iranmanesh will be able to tell you how long the process will likely take after examining your mouth and making radiographic images.

Dr. Iranmanesh has invested in the latest technology to ensure your treatment is as efficient and comfortable as possible. Numbing with local anesthetic makes the procedures painless. Post-operative discomfort is minimal and easily controlled. Dr. Iranmanesh makes himself available to his patients, so if you have concerns or experience discomfort, you can always call his office line and he will return your call.

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