Teeth that are missing or beyond repair are more than just an eyesore — they can also contribute to adverse oral health conditions and even cognitive decline. If you have severely damaged or missing teeth, schedule a consultation for dental implants with Dr Káren Baghdasaryan, DDS, MBA, AAACD, AFAAID, at Viva Smile in Granada Hills, CA. In his 20 years of practice, Dr. Baghdasaryan has helped countless patients restore their teeth with natural-looking and state-of-the-art dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Implants are artificial tooth roots surgically implanted into your jawbone. They replace one or more missing tooth roots and provide a foundation for restorations like dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures.

Implants at Viva Smile are made of titanium or zirconia — both highly biocompatible materials that integrate well with the human body. This enables your implant to fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration with a 98% success rate. Once fused, your implant functions just like a natural tooth root and requires little maintenance.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Implants provide a number of benefits for your smile, such as:

  • Maintaining jaw structure and preventing bone loss
  • Restoring your ability to properly chew and speak
  • Improved comfort over snap-in dentures
  • Natural feel, function and appearance
  • Can be cared for just like natural teeth
  • Prevent teeth from shifting out of alignment

Dental implants make your smile whole again. They offer benefits beyond medical or cosmetic concerns. Your smile is an essential component of who you are, and when it’s full and healthy, you can feel more complete.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients with missing teeth would benefit from having dental implants, but there are some qualifications you need to have in order to be an appropriate candidate, including:

  • Must have sufficiently healthy gums
  • Good oral hygiene and at-home care
  • Sufficient bone tissue in your jaw
  • Non-smoker to enable osseointegration

Your dentist at Viva Smile can conduct a more thorough and personalized assessment of your smile to determine if implants are right for you. If you don’t have enough healthy bone tissue in your jaw to support implants, you might need to have a bone graft before you can get implants.

What is involved in getting implants?

Your dental implants are installed in three separate phases.

  1. During the first phase, your dentist places the implants in your jawbone. This involves a quick and easy procedure where your dentist makes a small incision in your gums, drills a hole in your jawbone, and inserts the implant.
  2. During the second phase, called osseointegration, you spend your time healing and letting your jawbone fuse with the implant. This phase can take anywhere from two to four months.
  3. The third and final phase is when the restoration is placed. We take a digital impression of your mouth with an iTERO scanner and use it to make your crown or prosthetic.

Our high-tech dental office has same-day crown capability, so often you’ll leave with your new prosthetic tooth replacement on the same day. To learn more about how implants can improve your smile, schedule a consultation today by calling the Viva Smile office in Granada Hills or booking your visit online.