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Q: You are known as the inventor of, the father of, Implanova, and so what we’re talking about is implants, tooth implants.  So let’s get into some of the basics of that just to begin with.  What is a tooth implant and how does it differ from maybe somebody getting a root canal and a crown.

A: Well a crown and a root canal go on natural teeth and obviously if there’s a chance to maintain the natural teeth god gave you and you developed in the first few years of your life, it’s a better option.  But then comes a point in life for various reasons we are not able to preserve our natural teeth, and in the past the solution was  dentures or partial dentures , but in the past few decades dental implants have become prevalent and especially in the past ten years or so, they have become very reliable.  We can guarantee placing an implant in place of a tooth that’s lost and for it to work.  So a dental implant is an artificial root form that we place in the jaw bone, in place of a tooth that used to be there, or in place of a tooth your about to remove for reasons that are varied because they cannot be saved.

Q: So it feels like you got your own natural tooth back

A: Yes.  It looks and functions very much like a natural teeth. It may feel a little bit different because it doesn’t actually have any feeling, after a few months of having it it will start to feel like natural teeth.

Q: Who is eligible for this? Who will it help the most?

A: The dental implant helps people, who for one reason or the other have to lose some teeth or have already lost some teeth and they don’t’ want to end up wearing dentures or partial dentures.  So in the past, we used to say certain medical conditions prevent people from being candidates for dental implants but with the advanced understanding of how dental implants function, at least in my office, there is no medical condition that prevents us from placing dental implants in people’s mouths.  In some instances we may have to take a few precautions, because of the medical condition, but I have not said no to anyone who was presented to receive dental implants.  So whoever is missing a tooth or about to miss a tooth, is a candidate for dental implants.

Q: That is a great piece of news for people that are missing teeth and would like to have those teeth replaced. How do dental implants affect your mouth and the smile that somebody has?

A: Well, dental implants are a replacement for teeth. In the past people would have to wear dentures, and dentures as we know have a lot of hassles, they’re removable, they sometimes get displaced when people sneeze, and it does not help the patient in terms of tasting food due to the roof of the mouth being covered.  Dental implants are just like your own natural teeth.  Your mouth is not covered, it’s totally fixed, and it does not move and actually there is a big advantage of dental implants over natural teeth and that is dental implants do not get cavities. That is a huge advantage, especially at the older age.

Q: OK, I’m ready to have you replace my whole mouth right now!

A: You know, strategically we have done a few and I’ll tell you when people go through say chemotherapy or radiation therapy, they’re mouths get totally dry, they are prone to getting a lot of cavities on all of their teeth at once. So those cases, we have proceeded to remove the teeth and replace with implants.  The implants being metal, they don’t get cavities, sometimes, as we get older, around our 80s and 90s, overall the secretion of saliva diminishes and that dryness causes a particular type of cavity called root carries. And that is very difficult to control and is very quick to spread.  So maybe if your in your 70s, and you can save a tooth by doing a root canal and crown, it may be advisable to remove the tooth and replace with an implant because you know the implant is not going to get a cavity in ten or fifteen years.

Q;  Dr. Zadeh, we talked about Implanova, you are the founder of Implanova.  There are different kinds of implants, what makes Implanova superior?

A: Implanova is the first and the only implant system that is designed by using 3d printing technology. Many other older implants do the same thing, but Implanova does it more efficiently, more secure, and in a faster pace. The difference is between a 1960s car vs a 2019 car.  The 1960s car does the same thing it drives from one place to the other, but you cannot argue that the 2017 car doesn’t do same thing, better, safer, and more efficiently.  So Implanova is like the latest model of the implants. I have used the knowledge of implant science over the past 30 years, and I’ve put a few patented features into it, so I’ve invented this implant that is just as safe and better than any other implant on the market.

Q:  Talk about the process itself.  Somebody walks into your office, and they are a candidate for a tooth implant or maybe several so what’s the process what happens and how long does it take.

A: The process also, because it’s a new implant is much easier.  A lot of cases in the past, we had to say take a tooth out, wait for it to heal, place an implant and then wait for the gum to heal, and then go for the third surgery to expose that implant.  Now, all of that can be done in one session. Implanova is known to be an ideal implant for same day placement. So, we take a tooth out, place the implant the same day and in most cases we do not need a subsequent surgical appointment for exposing of the implant.

Q: So in most cases, I can come in in the morning and I can walk out later in the day with that new tooth or new teeth.

A: With a new implant , yes.  And if it’s a front tooth, yes you can do that. That concept of teeth in a day is more true when we remove the entire teeth or if the patient has no teeth, so we could place a set of teeth in each jaw. And that, invariably, when people come in the morning, we can put them to sleep, fit them with six implants with the teeth right there on the same day. So they can come in with either old, broken, or rotten teeth; and walk out with new implanted teeth that are fixed on their jaw bone or if they come in without any teeth, on the same day they will have fixed teeth.

Q:  You said for me that magic word.   Sleep. To go to my dentist office to be able to, take a nap, and to wake up with the procedure done.  Do a lot of people take advantage of that?

A: Yes, that is actually ideal for people that have neglected their teeth over the years, and they have many broken and infected teeth and you know there’s a reason these folks have not been to dentists on a regular basis. They’ve had a bad experience in their childhood, or maybe financially or business wise they were in a situation where they could not spend time at the dentist office, so these people are not looking forward to get dental work done. So offering sleep dentistry / sedation, is a great solution for them.   They come in, in one surgical session we take out all the infected teeth, we take out all the loose teeth, gum treatments are done, implants are placed, and the teeth are made on those implants that same day.

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