Dental Implants…What are they?

Dental Implants…What are they?

Dental Implants…What are they?

Implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium. These anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for porcelain teeth or they can strengthen your denture.
Dental Implants…What are they?
Small posts called “abutments” are then attached to the implants, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable support for replacement teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration, which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are nothing new. They were invented in 1965 in Sweden. They entered the U.S. in the early 1980’s. In the last 10-15 years, significant advances have propelled implants into the spotlight. When done correctly, they have a very high success rate. In fact, my own success rate with this procedure is 99.6%.


  1. robert

    There is definately a lot to find out about this issue. I love all the points you made.

    August 6, 2013 at 6:07 am Reply
  2. Sean

    I am going to be getting implant supported dentures. How do I know if my dentist is certified in this area. Also if it is the type that snaps in does food still get stuck underneath like a partial?

    April 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Sean,
      Make sure your implant dentist is highly credentialed specifically in implant dentistry. Read this link:

      Overdentures that snap in still get food stuck under them as common as a partial. A fixed bridge is best.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      April 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm Reply
  3. Hi Izzy,
    In most situations, having a dental implant is better than having a bridge.
    At times a bridge is better for front teeth esthetics but each situation is unique.
    A bridge will probably need to be replaced in 5-10 years, so keep that in mind when you consider price.
    In my Burbank dental practice, a bridge vs. an implant are about the same cost.
    Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
    Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
    Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
    Burbank, California

    July 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm Reply
  4. Izzy

    Hi Dr. I can’t decide whether I should get a dental implant or a fixed bridge. Money is an issue and also I worry about having a foreign object in my jaw. Thoughts?

    June 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm Reply
  5. Hi Kevin,
    If it is possible, a same day implant and temporary crown is often the best treatment for your situation. Each tooth is very different though.
    I do this very routinely.
    Dr. Amin

    May 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm Reply
  6. Kevin

    Hi Doctor, I had a dental implant on my lower back tooth done several years ago. I remember having them take out the tooth and covering it up. I now need to have one replaced on my upper jaw, front tooth. I do not want to go a long period of time without a tooth in my fronth smile line. Is there something you can do to cover up the space with a tooth? I have also heard of “teeth in a hour” which places the tooth at the same time as the implant.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:52 am Reply
  7. Hi Carli,
    I completely understand you! I would not want to be in that situation either.
    I assume you have a missing lateral incisor from birth. That would a top small tooth just one tooth off of center.
    This is a similar case I did…here are the photos:
    If that is the case the implant can be placed while you still have your braces on. The tooth can be made the same day you take your braces off if this is all planned correctly. Many times, an “immediate implant” can be done with your situation if the bone permits and you have a really good implant dentist that can do the surgery and make your tooth. Most dentists, periodontists, and oral surgeons do NOT do both phases of treatment so I suggest you seek out someone that does. A Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry would be your best person.
    Most implants in my practice do not take a full six months. If the immediate implant can be done, you will have a nice temporary put on the same day, that will look feel and function like the real one. Usually about 3 months is enough time to wait for the real one to be placed.
    Because you may be still growing at your young age, it would be prudent to make sure you are done growing so you don’t “out grow” your implant. This is done with an x-ray of your hand/wrist area and/or and x-ray of the side of your skull. You may or may not need a bone graft. A ct scan should be taken too.
    Watch this video —
    Bottom line is you should always have a tooth present during the dental implant process!
    Good luck!
    Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
    Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry

    September 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm Reply
  8. Carli Smith

    Hello Doctor Amin,
    I read this in your article but i am still not very clear.
    I have braces right now with a fake tooth attatched to the braces. I am in highschool and my biggest concern is not having a tooth. After I get the braces off i am planning to get an implant. However, I heard that the process of having the rod in takes around 6 months to actually attatch the fake tooth on it. I cannot be with out a tooth for a day, let alone 6 months. What is an immidiate implant? is that just for temperary use or is it for permanent? Also, I have heard the option of having a fake tooth attatched to a retainer for the time waiting for the rod to be ready. I am in highschool and i don’t want to be at the lunch table and just pull out my retainer with my front tooth on it to eat my sandwich. Are there any other options?
    Your article was very helpful and now i feel like i know alot more about implants.

    September 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm Reply
  9. Jessica

    Great posting. I have been interesting in learning more about dental implants and I will continue to reference your site in the future.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:10 am Reply
  10. Great post Dr. Amin, keep the education coming!

    July 8, 2009 at 9:20 am Reply
  11. Hi Tomo,
    Bone actually has no nerve endings. If the procedure is done very skillfully, most of my patients experience very little pain.
    In my own practice, whether I place one or twelve implants at the same time, the patient usually says they did not have much pain.
    How well you heal, also has a lot to do with it. Your health is of paramount importance.
    Intravenous steroids also help greatly and are given with the sedation.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm Reply
  12. Tomo Chan

    This seems like a very good substitute than false teeth but I guess its rather more painful isnt it?

    June 18, 2009 at 9:31 am Reply

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Monica D.
Monica D.
December 29, 2020.
There aren't enough words (and I have a lot of words) to tell you how grateful I am to have found Dr. Ramsey Amin and his wonderful staff. I had an enormous amount of bone loss and I was hopeless after being treated by a different doctor for two years. I had multiple procedures such as gum graft, extractions, and a sinus lift. After all of that, the doctor released me and told me he could not help me any longer. He sent me to a large teaching hospital - who also had no idea how to help me. I was terrified and embarrassed. I had been missing teeth due to those procedures since 2017. That sent me out on a journey of meeting with no less than five different dentist/oral surgeons. Most of them shamed me for the bone loss and wondered what I had done to cause this. In reality, I had done nothing. The bone loss is my body's immune system fighting me, as well as hereditary traits. In fact not only was I having difficulty being able to have implants, I also had so much bone loss that I was also not a candidate for dentures. I researched "what to do when you have bone loss and can't get implants" and I found Dr. Amin's website. Then I researched him, read his reviews, watched every one of his You Tube videos. I called and got an appointment, and kept going to consultations with other providers. I had long since stopped smiling and being social. Missing teeth and the shaming was affecting my life so adversely. When I met with Dr. Amin for my consultation he was ready. He had all of my records and had already reviewed my scans. But more than that, he genuinely wanted to get to know about my life. He was/is authentic, kind and extremely professional with so much success and experience in difficult cases like mine. He worked up a treatment plan & I came back two weeks later to discuss my options...and the journey began. I have had three procedures under IV sedation, no pain, no narcotics needed for aftercare. Dr. Amin is a consumate, experienced oral surgeon who cares about your health & understands your fears. He communicates every step of the way and will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision to improve your health. I am still working toward my end goal, and we had to zig from traditional implants and zag to zygomatic implants instead...which is the reason I chose him in the first place. If there was nothing else that could be done to get me healthy & smiling again, I knew he would have that option to help me. And of course 2020, the year of CV-19. Don't worry, Dr. Amin & his staff follow all health & safety protocols. This review is long, because it is important you know my journey, so you might understand how fortunate I feel to be healing. I'm torn, because this place is like a great restaurant, I want to shout from the rooftops how great it is, how great he is. And at the same time, I want to keep this all to myself. I come 75 miles each way to see him. I know people travel from all over the world for his expertise. Do yourself a favor, have a consultation. You won't regret it. Dr. Amin is amazing and so is his staff.
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Jennifer B.
December 18, 2020.
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Amin and his professional staff. I have to start off and say that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of the dentist due to several past experiences. I found myself putting this off for YEARS until I was referred over to Dr. Amin. I was petrified on my first visit... but he along with his WONDERFUL staff made me feel so calm and at ease. I had quite a bit of work that needed to be done, but we found the perfect plan that worked out for me, and I couldn't be happier. Words cannot express my gratitude to each and every staff member that made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr. Amin was always so attentive in asking if I was ever in pain... and I never was. These are truly remarkable individuals, and I'm so lucky to have a dentist that I can trust. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE each and every one of you! Thank you,
D M.
D M.
December 17, 2020.
I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Amin and his staff. I originally found them on Yelp about two years ago. I needed an implant, front tooth of all places, and was extremely nervous not only about surgery but about how it would turn out. Let me just say I just adore the staff. Everyone is crazy friendly and the whole office has a very positive vibe. The staff is adorable and always has me smiling by the time I leave. They are all thorough and on-point about what they do, and I truly appreciate it. They are quick to respond to my emails no matter the question, and their appointment reminders are great too. Dr. Amin is very thorough and reassuring, and answered any questions my husband or I had. My regular dentist had questions about the procedure and Dr. Amin's office even reached out to them at my request (my dentist said they never received a call, but Dr. Amin's staff had date, time and notes - love the thoroughness!). After surgery the Dr. called to leave me a message about how it went. Very minimal pain during healing, never any pain during any visits. It took a few tries to get everything just right for the permanent crown (color, etc), but the end result is beyond fantastic! At one point during healing I thought I was experiencing some looseness or wiggling but unfortunately couldn't make it to the office. When I was finally able to make it in the Dr. was so relieved, bless his heart. Luckily it was just a false alarm and everything checked out ok. They're a bit further out from me, but I wanted the best. I sure found it! I wish they were my regular dentist, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again for my check-up which was delayed due to COVID.
Melissa E.
Melissa E.
December 9, 2020.
I found Dr. Amin a few years back after I hadn't been to a dentist in a decade. Many traumatic dental experiences in childhood have made me so phobic that even getting a cleaning was a knee-knocking, heart-pounding trial. But finally I couldn't put off some things any longer. During my first anesthesia session, Dr. Amin replaced five old metal fillings, and during the second he did three more plus a crown. I was completely comfortable, and never felt a thing. Because they were extra-long sessions, I did sleep for about 12 hours after, but the next day I felt just fine. This past week, my back top tooth cracked in half and fell out of my mouth, and a couple days later the crown on the remainder of the tooth fell out too! Despite being nervous about Covid 19, I had to get it taken care of, so I called and quizzed the staff about precautions, which turned out to be even above and beyond what I would have expected. So yesterday I went for the tooth extraction and plug. After they put on the blood pressure cuff and put in the IV, I gradually got a little tired and closed my eyes. I sat there for about 10 minutes and thought Gee, I wonder if they're going to get started any time soon, and a minute later Dr. Amin said "Wake up, you're all done!" That was a short session, and I didn't have the kind of fatigue I did my first time. I stayed up most of the evening. Today, everything is good! I'm taking my antibiotic and eating soft foods, and there is surprisingly little pain now that the numbness has worn off. The tooth site and my cheek are a little sore, and the corner of my mouth, and I have a very slight headache, but nothing to any great level--I'm not even taking the acetaminophen. I feel good, and wide awake. Thanks to everyone at the office for a comfortable and professional job! I really REALLY appreciate you for giving me painless dental experiences!
Tanya S.
Tanya S.
December 3, 2020.
What can I say about Dr. Amin he is the best! I'm so grateful for him. He has literally changed my life and given me the confidence to smile more. I had major restorative dental work done and everything went smoothly. Dr. Amin is very compassionate and he really cares about his patients he made me feel comfortable and cared for. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. His office is very clean and they take the patients health and safety very serious. His staff is also amazing they made me feel very welcomed and important. I'm so happy I did my research and found Dr. Amin.  Thank you Dr. Amin and team.
Sheila S.
Sheila S.
November 6, 2020.
Two implants done! Finished all procedures and I couldn't be happier. It's the first time in years I looked forward to going to the dentist. Even during Covid life the staff and Dr. Amin took care of me. There is a possibility I may move to Long Beach but I would still travel to keep Dr. Amin as my dentist.
Allison S.
Allison S.
November 4, 2020.
I could not ask for a more caring, exceptionally knowledgeable dental care provider. He's not just a dentist, but someone who looks after your immediate dental needs and helps you plan and prepare for the future.
Julia R.
Julia R.
October 8, 2020.
I've been going to Dr. Amin since I turned 16 and have been going since. Before going to Dr. Amin's dental office, I had 4 crowns that I was not happy with and dealt with it until finally I asked Dr. Amin and because I  feel comfortable and because I trust him with his work I recently had my crowns fixed and worked on by  Dr. Amin and have never loved my smile the way I do now, I can actually enjoy my pictures, I can enjoy my smile from either angle and that really mattered to me. Thank you so much Dr. Amin still and will be in love with MY smile
Aaron D.
Aaron D.
October 6, 2020.
I've been coming to Dr. Ramsey for about five years and I have to say, he is by far the best dentist I've had - ever. The staff is professional and kind, the office is exceptionally well maintained, and Dr. Ramsey is careful and extremely knowledgeable about current developments and research in dentistry. I recently had a dental implant which was a long process but well worth it. I required a sinus lift as well as a bone graft. The surgery went off without a hitch, I was comfortable and the healing process was quick and without complication. Highly recommend!!
Flo O.
Flo O.
September 21, 2020.
This is my 1st review of Dr. Amin, and in my over 17 years of being with him, my experiences with Dr. Amin and his staff have always been positive.  I don't recall a bad experience with the several implant procedures i have had.  They run an efficient office.  I like that they are proactive and reach out to their patients to remind us of routine care needed.  Dr. Amin's bedside care is impeccable.  They are also technologically up to date in terms of sending out texts as reminders, ability to incorporate any appointment into your mobile phone.  That is certainly a plus.  Keep up the great care!!!