Dental Implants

All Star Dental Care

Cosmetic Dentist & Aesthetic Specialist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

If you’re missing one, multiple, or all of your permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and chewing and biting abilities. At All Star Dental Care in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of West Los Angeles, California, cosmetic dentist Farhad Shafa, DDS, and the periodontists offer single implants, multi-implants, and implant-supported dentures. To schedule an appointment, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small, titanium posts that act as replacement tooth roots. They can support crowns, fixed bridges, or dentures. 

Dental implants don’t rely on your remaining healthy teeth for support. Instead, All Star Dental Care surgically places them into small incisions in your gum line. Following your implant operation, you return home, and your mouth heals for three to four months. During this time, your bone grows around each implant, fusing them to your jaw.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants provide several advantages, including:

  • Easier eating
  • Improved appearance
  • Durability
  • Improved oral health
  • Comfort
  • Convenience

Dental implants can also improve your self-esteem. If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, the skin around your mouth can wrinkle and sag. Dental implants restore structure to your smile, making you appear younger and more attractive.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, your provider at All Star Dental Care conducts an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your lifestyle and treatment goals. 

To receive dental implants, you need to have healthy gums and plenty of jawbone. If you have gum disease or insufficient bone material, All Star Dental Care might recommend periodontal treatment or a bone graft before moving forward with implants.

All Star Dental Care offers single implants, multi-implants, and implant-supported dentures. They also use dental implants for full mouth reconstructions and smile makeovers.

Make sure to let your provider know if you have a chronic health problem like high blood pressure or diabetes. These issues won’t necessarily disqualify you from getting dental implants, but they may increase your risk of complications.

Does getting dental implants take more than one appointment?

Getting dental implants usually takes three appointments spaced out over the course of six months to one year. All Star Dental Care begins treatment with a consultation. If you have healthy gum tissue and plenty of jawbone to support the implants, they schedule your implant surgery.

On the day of surgery, your provider administers a local anesthetic, numbing your gums and tongue. Once the anesthesia kicks, a periodontist surgically places one or a series of small metal posts into incisions in your jaw. The number of implants you need depends on how many teeth are missing and the type of prosthetic you’re getting.

If you want to enhance your smile without the use of traditional braces, Invisalign® may be the right solution for you. Invisalign — one of the latest trends in non-invasive orthodontics — is available at All Star Dental Care in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Farhad Shafa, DDS, specializes in using Invisalign, a revolutionary clear aligner technology, to straighten crooked or overcrowded teeth in less time than with metal braces. To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, schedule a consultation by phone or online today. 

Following surgery, you return home for three to four months. During this time, your mouth heals. Afterward, you return to All Star Dental Care, and your provider takes digital impressions of your remaining teeth and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your crowns, bridges, or dentures.

When the restoration is ready, you return to All Star Dental Care, and your provider attaches it to your implant(s). You leave the office with a brilliant, healthy smile.

To explore dental implants, schedule an appointment at All Star Dental Care. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book online today.