Dental Implants

Esthetic Smiles

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Oxnard, CA

Are you missing one or more of your permanent teeth? If so, dental implants are a comfortable and long-lasting solution. John Abajian, DDS, performs dental implant surgery at Esthetic Smiles in Oxnard, California. To learn how dental implants can restore a natural-looking smile, call the office, or book an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are durable, stable tooth replacements. Dr. Abajian uses dental implants for a variety of tooth restorations, including:

  • Replacing a single missing tooth
  • Replacing several missing teeth
  • Replacing complete arches of teeth

The base of the implant is a titanium post that Dr. Abajian surgically places into your jawbone. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as dentures, implants replace the root of the missing tooth and ensure long-lasting stability.

Depending on your needs, the implant post may attach to a dental crown, a bridge, or a complete or partial denture. Dr. Abajian customizes each implant restoration to fit your unique smile comfortably and esthetically.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. You may want to consider getting dental implants if you:

  • Have lost one or more permanent teeth
  • Have a fully developed jawbone
  • Are unable or unwilling to use dentures
  • Have healthy oral tissues
  • Don’t smoke tobacco
  • Have sufficient bone to secure the implants or are able to get a bone graft

Dental implants offer many benefits over dentures, including improved speech and the ability to chew normally. Because the implants fuse directly to your jawbone, they don’t slip or make noise the way dentures or bridges might. Dental implants also help to preserve your jawbone.

What should I expect from dental implant surgery?

First, Dr. Abajian performs a complete dental exam and reviews your medical history to make sure implants are right for you. Then he creates a customized treatment plan.

Dr. Abajian performs dental implant surgery on an outpatient basis. Depending on your needs, he may use local anesthesia with gentle sedation or general anesthesia.

The process of getting dental implants often requires multiple steps that take several months to complete. You need time to heal after the implant placement surgery, and once your jawbone is strong enough to support the new tooth, Dr. Abajian completes the restoration, by adding a crown or bridge.

To find out how you can restore your smile to optimal health with dental implants, call Esthetic Smiles, or book an appointment online today.