Missing one or multiple teeth doesn’t just negatively affect your self-esteem. It also increases your risk of gum recession, bone loss, and tooth decay. Fortunately, restorative measures such as dental implants can minimize your risk of these and other issues. At the office of Shawna Omid, DDS, in Torrance, California, the team has more than 30 years of experience using dental implants to restore their patients’ smiles. To learn more about this cutting-edge treatment method, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Nothing can replace the strength and durability of your natural, permanent teeth, but dental implants come pretty close. Dental implants act as replacement tooth roots, and your dentist places them in the sockets of your missing teeth.
Following surgery, your bone grows around the implants, fusing them to your jawbone. Dental implants look and feel like your permanent teeth. They’re also stronger and much longer-lasting than traditional dental restorations such as bridges and dentures.
Dental implants provide a wide array of benefits. Aside from restoring your smile to its healthy, vibrant, and near-original condition, dental implants:
Investing in dental implants also improves your oral health. If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, you’re more likely to experience common oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental implant surgery is safe and well-tolerated. However, to qualify for treatment, you must be healthy enough to undergo a routine dental procedure such as an extraction or root canal. If you have a chronic condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, make sure to share this information with your dentist. These conditions won’t necessarily disqualify you from receiving dental implants, but they can increase your risk of complications.
Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for treatment, your provider at the office of Shawna Omid, DDS, can determine a dental restoration plan that aligns with your individual needs.
Receiving dental implants usually takes six months to one year and requires a series of appointments. Though this may seem like a large commitment, it’s important to remember that with proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
At your initial consultation, your dentist takes 3D images of your jaw, tooth roots, and gums using the on-site eco-friendly cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system. Your dentist uses this information to develop a custom treatment plan. If you have healthy gums and jawbone, your dentist moves forward with treatment.
After administering a local anesthetic, your dentist places a small metal post in the sockets of your missing teeth. At Shawna Omid, DDS, the team uses the Simplant guided surgery system to accurately and safely place your implants. Following surgery, your dentist provides you with a list of recovery instructions and sends you home for three to four months. While you recover, your bone grows around the implants, holding them in place.
At your second appointment, your dentist takes impressions of your remaining teeth and sends the impressions to a laboratory that manufactures the prosthetic for your implants. A week or two later, you return to the office and your dentist screws your prosthetic onto the top of your implants.
If you’re interested in restoring your smile with dental implants, make an appointment at the office of Shawna Omid, DDS. Call the office or click the online booking tool today.