Dr. Allan H. Charles
Dr. Wilson S. Morishita
Dr. Sarvenaz Angha

Common Questions

Dental Implants in Pasadena by Pasadena Periodontal Associates

Dental implants allow for the permanent replacement of strong and natural looking teeth. With proper planning and management, dental implants are a predictable treatment option with success rates of up to 98%.


"Am I a candidate for dental implants?"

In general, most healthy patients are candidates for dental implants. Having a "solid foundation" such as healthy gums and sufficient bone are important in providing the greatest success rates. Regular maintenance of dental implants is critical requiring good oral hygiene at home and regular maintenance appointments with the hygienist. Patients with uncontrolled systemic conditions such as diabetes, as well as heavy smokers need to be evaluated prior to implant therapy on an individual basis.


"What is involved in the treatment of dental implants?"

Dental implant therapy is performed under local anesthetic, similar to the anesthetic used to place dental restorations. Our office understands that some patients may be more anxious than others and we are happy to provide methods of anxiety control such as oral sedation and intravenous conscious sedation provided by our anesthesiology team. Our office prides itself in practicing with the most innovative techniques available with minimally invasive approaches when indicated. We often obtain 3-dimensional imaging for our patients in the office in order to plan our implant treatments and communicate this information with the other members of our patient's "dental team". We also use guided treatment approaches to predictably and consistently provide the most accurate implant therapy.

Occasionally, there is insufficient bone or gum to support the placement of a dental implant. In these cases, bone grafting and/or gum grafting may be required before, during and occasionally after implant therapy.


"After the implant is placed, when do I get my tooth?"

When indicated, a tooth can be placed onto the dental implant the same day that the implant is placed. Usually, this tooth is temporary and will be replaced with a permanent tooth after a few months. In other instances, the implant is allowed to heal or osseointegrate for 2-6 months prior to having a tooth placed onto the implant. During this healing period, a temporary tooth is provided.

Once a tooth is placed onto the implant it will look and feel like a natural tooth. We are happy to be able to give you back a smile that you are proud of.


"Can implants help my loose dentures?"

Dental implants are often used to stabilize dentures. Occasionally, already existing dentures can be altered to fit onto the implants. In certain situations, new dentures are required.


"I currently have dentures that I remove at night, can implants give me something that I don't have to remove?"

Dental implants are a "fixed" solution to tooth replacement. Unlike dentures, dental implants can be used to replace all the teeth of upper and lower jaws without having to remove your teeth at night.