Vahagn Hakopyan, DDS provides patients with dental implants in Montrose, CA. A significant part of Dr. Hakopyan’s thriving dental practice is built around offering dental implants to those patients whom he determines would be an ideal fit for dental implants.
Dental implants are performed by placing an artificial tooth root into the jaw for the purpose of holding a replacement tooth or a bridge. Dental implants may be a viable option for an individual who may have lost one or more teeth due to injury or periodontal disease.
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In the bone — is the type of implant that is most commonly used by dentists. There are various types of methods that can be used to accomplish this, including cylinders, screws or blades, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Each implant has the capacity to hold at least one tooth, and some are capable of holding multiple teeth. This type of dental implant is primarily used as an alternative to removable dentures or bridges.
On the bone — are implants that are placed on top of the jawbone, using a specific type of metal framework to hold it in place. This procedure is used much less, and it is reserved for patients who don't have the capacity to wear traditional dentures, and who also have minimum bone height.
Not every person is an ideal candidate for dental implants. The dentist will generally conduct a number of examinations in order to assess the potential for dental implants. As a general rule, the person who would be considered an ideal candidate for dental implants would be someone who is in good general and oral health. A primary requisite is adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant. The ideal patient will also need to have healthy gum tissue that is free of periodontal disease.
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gums; therefore, it is paramount that the gums are healthy.
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Because of the extent at which the patient's gums are involved in implant surgery, there is normally a concerted effort between the dentist and the periodontist to ensure that the implant is successful. The patient will also play a significant role in this process, as the dentist and periodontist will consult with them to determine where and how the implant will be placed. Depending on the patient's specific condition, as well as the type of implant to be used, the periodontist and dentist will create a specific treatment plan that will be tailored to the needs of the patient.
A dental implant patient should be cognizant of the fact that their dental implant will require conscientious at-home care, much in the same way that they care for their own teeth. Brushing and flossing still apply as it does for the original teeth. The periodontist and dentist will work together to ensure that the patient has the best possible care plan for their situation. There will be a number of periodic follow-up visits that are designed to monitor the implant and the surrounding teeth and gums to ensure that they are all healthy.
There are a number of variables that come into play when determining the pricing for dental implants, including the number of teeth that will have to be replaced, as well as the type of artificial teeth that will be used. A single implant may cost between $1,000 and $3,000; however, prices will vary.
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