Implant Dentistry Specialist

Robert Sarkissian, DDS, MAGD

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontist located in Los Angeles, Palmdale, CA

Dental implants are a popular alternative to dentures and bridges, with a design that's more like your own natural teeth. At Westside Dental Care in Palmdale, CA, Dr. Sarkissian offers patients state-of-the-art dental implants for better oral health and greater confidence in their appearance.

Implant Dentistry Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are prosthetic devices that are used to replace a single missing tooth or to serve as secure anchors for dentures or bridges. Implants use a metal post implanted into the jaw bone, acting as an artificial root that anchors the crown, or prosthetic tooth, in place. Posts are made of medical-grade titanium, a metal that has been used for years in all sorts of implants, including joint replacements. The artificial tooth attached to the post using a special piece called an abutment.

How do implants compare to bridges and dentures?

Because they're designed to mimic the shape and structure of a natural tooth, most patients find implants a more secure, more comfortable, more natural-looking alternative to dentures and bridges. Plus, because they're anchored into the bone, they won't slip or cause sore spots like dentures can, and they're easier to care for than fixed bridges. Finally, the post helps stimulate the natural cycle of bone replacement to prevent bone atrophy and avoid additional tooth loss. Dentures and bridges do not extend into the jaw bone and so cannot prevent bone atrophy from occurring.

What happens during an implant procedure?

Dental implant procedures require multiple visits spread out over several weeks. At the first visit, the post will be implanted into your jaw. If you don't have enough bone tissue to support the implant, a bone graft procedure may be performed to augment the existing bone. Once in place, the post will be allowed to fuse with the natural bone, a process that takes several weeks. At the second visit, the abutment will be attached to the post and an impression will be made that will serve as the model for the artificial tooth. The tooth will be attached at the next visit, then carefully shaped and adjusted for an optimal fit. Some posts or prosthetic teeth (or crowns) have the abutments already attached.

How hard is it to care for dental implants?

Dental implants can be cared for like your own teeth, with routine brushing and flossing and regular dental appointments to prevent gum disease, which can cause the implant to become loose.

Insurance & Cost Information:

The dental health of our patients is our primary goal and we provide several financial options to make dental treatment affordable for our patients so that goal can be met. We accept most dental insurance plans. If you have dental insurance, please bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage. Remember dental insurances are intended to cover part, but not all the cost of your dental care. Also, most insurance plans include patient co-payments, deductibles, and other expenses and treatments that may not be covered. If you have any further questions about financial options please direct them to the front office which will be glad to answer them and work with you to figure out the most affordable way to budget your treatment.

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