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What is Recovery from Dental Implants Like?

The toll a missing tooth can take is multifaceted, not only involving your self-esteem but your dental health overall. A dental implant can not only replace your missing tooth and bring you peace of mind, but it can restore proper alignment of your bite and jaw and prevent bone loss. Dr. Amin Samadian’s comprehensive approach to whole mouth health includes your bite configuration, bone support, and gum coverage.

Dental Implants East Bay Area

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are designed to seamlessly and permanently replace missing teeth. Made of titanium, dental implants are essentially artificial roots and teeth affixed to your jawbone to keep the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth from shifting, resolve joint pain, improve your bite structure, speech, and chewing, and preserve your bone from resorption. When teeth are extracted, the bone that holds them can potentially resorb, so the sooner you can be assessed for a dental implant, the better your chances are to keep from losing bone.

Your initial evaluation with Dr. Samadian begins with a Cone Beam CT scan to measure your nerves, sinuses, bone density, bone width and height. Your scan results give Dr. Samadian the information he needs to determine if dental implants are a good solution for you as well as if you need a bone augmentation, sinus lift, or gum treatment.

 

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

It is possible your dental implant treatment plan may involve more than a single procedure before the process is complete. Once you’ve been evaluated, Dr. Samadian will build a treatment plan with you to complete your dental implantation. Your implant site may need to be prepared, which includes bone grafting. If a bone graft is necessary, that will be your first procedure. Bone grafting will take approximately 3-6 months to heal. This is more often in the case of teeth that have been missing for some time. Once the bone graft is healed, the site is ready for the dental implant.

 If you don’t require a bone graft, or once your graft is healed, the titanium alloy root is implanted into the bone and allowed to heal. The procedure itself may take a few hours and requires an additional 3-6 months of healing where the root integrates with the bone. It is possible that the crown, the post for the final phase, can be placed at the same time.

 Finally, your crown is placed on the artificial root and post to complete the dental implant process. An impression is taken of your teeth in order to create a new tooth to the correct size, shape, and coloring, matching the rest of your teeth. This process takes about 2 weeks, and your crown will then be fitted for dental implant completion.

What Results Can I Expect?

Dental implants function exactly like your natural teeth. You’ll care for them in the same way, with twice-daily brushing and flossing, along with routine cleanings and exams. There’s virtually no visible difference between the implant and the rest of your teeth. Your bite relationship is preserved, as is your jawbone. During your treatment plan, your gums will also be assessed for proper healing and health.

 

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Am I a Good Candidate?

There are a lot of considerations for candidacy for dental implants, so a consultation is the best place to start. Dr. Samadian uses the Cone Beam CT scan to evaluate your nerves, sinuses, bone density, and bone width and height to determine if you require bone building through sinus elevation or bone augmentations before dental implants can be considered.

What’s the Procedure Like?

To ensure the placement of your dental implant is as precise as possible, Dr. Samadian uses XGuide navigational implant placement. This cutting-edge technology involves a special camera to give Dr. Samadian a 3D view of your soft tissue, jawbone, and surrounding teeth. It provides real-time guidance to strategically set your dental implant at the proper depth, angle, and position, most often without the need for incisions or stitches. The XGuide navigational implant placement is the most advanced technology in the world to minimize post-surgery discomfort and improve your implant’s positioning.

What Recovery Can I Expect?

Dr. Samadian takes your comfort into consideration, using the most advanced techniques, such as flapless surgery, guided surgery, and XGuide navigational placement alongside different types of sedation, so your implants look and fit better. With detailed aftercare instructions, your chances of complications are significantly minimized, as is your discomfort. You shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure, and you’ll receive pain management medications and advice as needed. You should drink plenty of water and avoid hot or cold foods or drinks. Ice packs to reduce swelling and pain, as well as biting gauze padding may also help.

The end result is a restored tooth that functions fully, is cared for as normal, and cannot be distinguished from your other teeth.

What Our Patients Say About Us

*Individual Results May Vary

EVA'S STORY

I could not recommend Dr. Samadian more – AND all of his staff, at that! No longer will I mind or be afraid of going to the dentist.

BILL'S STORY

Very informative, patient and sensitive to your needs. Very focused, and desires to ensure it’s done properly the first time.

Take the Next Step

If you have questions about dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amin Samadian, proudly serving the East Bay Area, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Piedmont, Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Oakland, Berkeley, and Brentwood, CA. You can count on him to help you make an informed decision. Call us at​(925-254-2360) ​or fill out our convenient online contact form.

 

 

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