Demystifying Dental Implants: A Complete Overview

At the University Oral Surgery Center in Los Angeles, under the expertise of Dr. Ramin Shabtaie, we recognize the transformative power of dental implants in restoring smiles and confidence. This comprehensive guide aims to illuminate the journey of receiving dental implants, from initial consultation to post-procedure care.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a state-of-the-art solution for replacing missing or damaged teeth. These are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone and act as roots for artificial teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, implants provide a permanent, stable base for replacement teeth, mimicking the function and appearance of natural teeth.

The Importance of Dental Implants

The benefits of dental implants extend beyond aesthetics:

  • Improved Oral Health: Implants help maintain the integrity of the jawbone and prevent bone loss.
  • Enhanced Functionality: They restore the ability to chew and speak comfortably.
  • Long-Term Solution: With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

The Process of Getting Dental Implants

  1. Initial Consultation: It begins with a comprehensive examination, including Cone Beam CT Scanning, to assess your oral health and determine if implants are the right choice for you.
  2. Preparing for Surgery: For some patients, Bone Grafting may be necessary to strengthen the jawbone before implant placement.
  3. Implant Placement: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. This is followed by a healing period, allowing the implant to integrate with the bone.
  4. Abutment and Crown Placement: Once healed, an abutment is attached to the implant, and finally, a custom-made crown is placed on top.

Before Surgery: Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

Understanding the importance of comfort and ease, we offer Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation. This ensures a pain-free experience during the implant placement procedure.

The Role of Technology in Dental Implants

Our utilization of advanced technology, like Cone Beam CT Scanning, allows for precise planning and placement of implants, significantly enhancing the success rate and longevity of the implants.

Post-Procedure Care

Following the placement of dental implants, it’s essential to prioritize their care to ensure longevity and success. Regular dental check-ups are key to monitoring implant health and addressing any issues early. Maintaining good oral hygiene, including routine brushing and flossing, is critical in preventing infection and promoting healing. Additionally, avoiding detrimental habits, particularly smoking, is necessary to safeguard the implant and overall oral health.

Addressing Complex Cases

For patients with more complex dental issues, our expertise in Oral Pathology and Facial Trauma repair ensures comprehensive care, often incorporating implants as part of a larger treatment plan.

Contact Us for Expert Implant Care

If you’re considering dental implants or want to learn more, reach out to Dr. Ramin Shabtaie at 310-208-3471. Our team is ready to guide you through the process with expertise and compassionate care.

Elevating Oral Health with Advanced Solutions

In summary, dental implants are a revolutionary advancement in dental care, offering a durable, functional, and aesthetic solution for missing teeth. At the University Oral Surgery Center, we blend advanced technology with personalized care, ensuring that each implant journey is as successful and comfortable as possible.


  1. Journal of Dental Research: Long-term Success Rates of Dental Implants.
  2. American Academy of Implant Dentistry: Standards and Guidelines for Dental Implants.
  3. International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants: Innovations in Dental Implant Materials and Techniques.
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