To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting restoration, experienced dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham is proud to perform implant dentistry for his patients in Santa Ana, CA. Implant dentistry uses surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to act like the root of the tooth. The post(s) may be connected to a crown, bridge, or denture for a beautiful restoration that can be cleaned like natural teeth. To fix a gap in your smile, make an appointment to get more information on implant dentistry at LifeTime Smiles of OC. Dental implants may help if you don't want to deal with loose crowns or the hassle of removable dentures. Talk to Dr. Abraham about your smile goals and discover if implant dentistry is a good option for you.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"Great service! Good professional work! A++"- R.L. / Yelp / Jun 20, 2019
"Lifetime Smiles of OC is the best! If you’re looking for a friendly, professional, knowledgeable, kind, and gentle dentist, look no further! Dr. Abraham is second to none, he keeps up with current procedures, products, education, and anything that makes going to the dentist easy for his patients. As a matter of fact, when you go there, you feel like family, not just a nameless person. Dr. Abraham is the BEST at giving shots, totally painless and he constantly checks to make sure you’re comfortable. I have a problem staying numb, he stops at the slightest raise of my hand and gives me more Novocain. He explains everything in great detail and makes sure I understand what he’s doing and why. He takes the fear out of going to the dentist, I actually look forward to seeing him and we talk about a common interest, food. Ana, Raquel, and Haley run the front office. As soon as you walk in, they greet you and ask how you’re doing. They’re so friendly, efficient and professional, they answer questions about insurance, appointments, services, and send out reminders for upcoming appointments. My husband usually has Saturday appointments, but if an opening for a late afternoon appointment is available they’ll call and see if he’d like to go in. Now that’s great service! Jon is an amazing hygienist, he’s so thorough and knowledgeable. I get my teeth cleaned every three months, he keeps me accountable and consistent with my dental health. About a year ago he noticed I had small cracks on some of my teeth, my bite was off and it was damaging my teeth. He recommended Invisalign, thank you Jon! I love my smile and my teeth are straight. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants straight teeth with getting braces, no one ever noticed I was wearing the Invisalign trays. Naomi and Ana are awesome dental assistants. They’re both very gentle, caring, nice, professional, and friendly. They work so well with Dr. Abraham and take great pride in doing a wonderful job. When they’ve make temporary crowns for me they’re so comfortable, it’s a shame they have to be removed. The office has been remodeled and is beautiful! They have a Keurig, a refrigerator with filled water bottles, and a play area for children. The dental area is super clean and well equipped. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, have no fear, you won’t be judged and you will be welcomed. They all genuinely care about your dental health, how to help you achieve and maintain healthy teeth."- N.A. / Google / Jun 18, 2019
"I love going to this wonderful place , they’re so friendly and kind and full of joy and smiles !!!! Great for families!!!"- D.T. / Google / Jun 12, 2019
"Update: 6/2019 Oscar no longer works at Lifetime Smiles, but Naomi and Ana are amazing. They work well with Dr. Abraham, making sure your comfortable, and not in any pain. They're both friendly and very knowledgeable."- L.C. / Yelp / Jun 04, 2019
Implants can restore one or several lost teeth by connecting the implant to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer implant dentistry if you have a removable or cemented dental restoration but don't like the appearance, fit, or if there's special cleaning needed. Dental implants can be treated just like your normal teeth with daily flossing and brushing. At your consultation, Dr. Abraham will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. In some cases, a bone or gum graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to strengthen your mouth. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another issue, such as periodontal disease.
What To Expect
To prepare for your dental implants, you may need to have teeth extracted, as well as gum and bone grafts. When you are ready for dental implant surgery, the needed areas will be given local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Other anesthesia or sedation methods may be used to relax you throughout the treatment. Dr. Abraham will start by making a surgical incision in your gums so the post can be placed in your jawbone. The incision in the gums will be stitched closed with some of the dental implant above the gums. This will be repeated if several implants are required. While the dental implant integrates into the gums and jawbone over the following months, a temporary cover will be placed over the implants. As soon as Dr. Abraham decides your implant is strong enough, your permanent restoration (crown, bridge, or denture) can be connected to your implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
There may be some short-term inflammation in your mouth and lower face, plus discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding after your implant procedure. Dr. Abraham will talk to you about what is to be expected and what should be reported to our office. He may also give you a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics. After your dental implants are integrated and your restoration is connected, you should develop a good oral care routine at home that includes daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual exams and bi-annual professional cleanings at LifeTime Smiles of OC so Dr. Abraham can evaluate the health of your mouth and implants. He will talk to you if your restorations or implants should be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
Based on your dental insurance company and personal coverage, part of the expenses of your implants and custom restoration might be paid for. We will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage and determine your personal costs. At your initial consultation with Dr. Abraham, he may estimate your expenses and discuss payment methods we accept, along with information on low-interest medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Implants with custom restorations may be a good option if you are looking for a replacement for missing teeth that is simple to care for and can last for many years. Dr. Abraham will explain the steps needed starting with surgery for implant placement and your restoration options. To get more information on implants, schedule a consultation at LifeTime Smiles of OC.