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Dental Implants

  • Standard Dental Implant Procedure

    The course of treatment described here is one of several options available.

    Before the procedure:
    Dr. Sirakian conducts a thorough evaluation and together you choose the treatment plan that is ideal for you.

    Stage I surgery:
    The implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone and the gums are sutured closed. This may be done under a local anesthetic or conscious sedation. You are given a temporary prosthesis to wear until your new permanent teeth are placed.
    There is usually no discomfort during the procedure, and most patients are able to return to work the following day. After the implants are placed you may experience mild to moderate swelling and discomfort for a few days.

    Stage II surgery:
    This takes place after the bone and gums have been given adequate time to heal—usually three to six months after the initial surgery.
    Small incisions are made to expose the implants, an abutment is connected to the implant, and temporary crowns are placed on the abutments.

    Stage III:
    The restorative stage involves preparation for fabrication of the final crowns.
    This involves taking impressions of your implants and gathering other information that allows Dr. Sirakian to make a cast or model exactly duplicating your mouth. In the laboratory the Sirakian Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry team designs and fabricates the final restoration.

    Final insertion
    Several weeks later your new teeth are ready to be fitted to the abutments, and they are examined and adjusted to ensure that the size, shape, color, and fit are perfect.

    End result:
    Your new teeth are indistinguishable from natural teeth—both for yourself and others—and you may forget that you were ever missing teeth in the first place! With proper care, your implants last a lifetime.

    Follow-up care:
    Dr. Sirakian gives you detailed after-care instructions to keep your new implants and gums in good condition.
    The main benefit of standard placement is that less stringent criteria must be met than for alternative procedures. Thus, standard placement is the preferred choice in some cases.

    Alternative procedures
    If Dr. Sirakian identifies you as a suitable candidate for the immediate load implants, your treatment time may be significantly shorter. Dr. Sirakian will help you find the best solution for your specific case.

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