Dental Implants Specialist

Concord Dental Arts

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Concord, CA

Losing a tooth due to injury, tooth decay, or gum disease can happen to anybody. If you have loose or missing teeth, dental implants at Concord Dental Arts in Concord, California, can restore your smile to one you’re proud to show off. Board-certified Ellie Shirazi, DDS, and her cosmetic dentistry team use implants to give you the beautiful, full set of teeth you desire. Call Concord Dental Arts to learn more about dental implants or schedule an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are posts made of biocompatible metal or ceramic materials. Dr. Shirazi surgically places them within your jawbone to support artificial replacement teeth and fill in the empty gaps. The posts function the same way as a tooth’s root.

Dental implants can support crowns, dental bridges, or dentures to give you the appearance of a full set of beautiful natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Of all the restorative choices available, dental implants most closely replicate the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth. They are the only tooth replacement method that doesn’t require preparing or altering your adjacent teeth. Additional benefits of dental implants include:

  • Improvements in speech
  • Easier chewing
  • Better self-esteem
  • Prevention of adjacent teeth shifting

Implants also help restore facial contours in areas of bone loss.

What are the different types of dental implants?

Dr. Shirazi reviews your dental implant options to find one that best matches your needs. She might recommend:

  • Removable replacement teeth
  • Fixed artificial teeth
  • All-on-4™

A crown is an individual artificial tooth, and bridges consist of more than one replacement teeth linked together. Both can attach to dental implants. All-on-4™ is a remarkable technique that only requires four implants to support bridges with minimal surgical procedures. Overdentures are implant-supported removable artificial teeth.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Getting dental implants is a multiple-step process requiring healing time between procedures. If you have loose or severely damaged teeth requiring extraction, tooth removal must first occur.

First stage

You may require jawbone preparation, or grafting if your bone isn’t strong or thick enough to hold dental implants. Your dentist may use a synthetic or natural transplanted bone graft to support new jaw bone growth.

After your bone graft heals or it’s strong enough to support implants, your dentist surgically places metal posts into your jawbone to serve as new tooth roots. She may give you a temporary denture to wear over implants as they heal.

Second stage

Once your implants heal, Dr. Shirazi takes a digital scan of your mouth that’s used to create custom dental crowns or bridges in a dental lab. The final step in the process is attaching crowns or bridges to implants that serve as your new, perfectly-crafted teeth.

Don’t let missing or damaged teeth ruin your self-confidence. Call Concord Dental Arts for a consultation or book an appointment online today.