Dental Implants

Brightleaf Dental

Nazila Satvat, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Holistic Dentist located in Santa Monica, CA

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 36 million Americans don’t have any teeth, while 120 million are missing at least one tooth. Nazila Satvat, DDS, at Brightleaf Dental in Santa Monica, California, can help restore your smile by filling in the gaps made by missing teeth through the use of zirconia dental implants. The implants perfectly blend in with your other teeth and function like normal teeth as well. If you’re interested in dental implants, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an excellent way to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Dr. Satvat uses zirconia implants instead of titanium ones as part of her holistic approach to treating her patients.

There are multiple advantages to getting a dental implant, including that they:

  • Function and look like normal teeth
  • Preserve your facial structure
  • Prevent periodontal disease
  • Are strong and durable
  • Improve your self-esteem

If you don’t get your gap in your mouth filled, your surrounding teeth can shift and become misaligned. In addition, your jawbone begins to atrophy if you don’t replace your missing tooth with an implant. Within one year of losing a tooth, your jawbone density can decrease by 25%.

What is the process of getting implants like?

The first step in receiving a dental implant is to have a consultation with Dr. Satvat and her dental team. They’ll take X-rays and determine how much bone is available for your implant.

Afterward, Dr. Satvat uses a local anesthetic around your implant site to make sure you’re comfortable during the procedure.

The next step is for Dr. Satvat to make a small incision in your gum tissue and place your biocompatible and FDA-approved zirconia implant into your jawbone. She then stitches up the incision.

Your new zirconia implant and jawbone must now heal by fusing together. This makes your implant as strong and stable as a natural tooth.

What is the main difference between zirconia and titanium implants?

Zirconia and titanium implants are made of three separate parts: the implant, abutment, and your new tooth, called a crown.

With zirconia implants, all three parts are attached to each other, which saves you time and makes it convenient compared to titanium implants where all three parts need to be placed together during multiple appointments.

Another difference is that zirconia is a metal-free crystal material, aesthetically pleasing, and doesn’t conduct electricity or corrode. For patients with allergies or autoimmune diseases, zirconia implants work well because they don’t trigger immune responses.

If you’re missing teeth and would like to fill in those gaps with a permanent solution in dental implants, call Brightleaf Dental or schedule an appointment online today.