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We have provided answers to the frequently asked questions we receive about our procedures and care. To learn more and schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon in Walnut Creek, California, call us at 925-934-7888 today! Dr. Ali Alijanian and our team will be happy to speak with you about our oral health care.


Q: Do you perform cheekbone implants?

Yes. We provide zygomatic implants, which we consider to be cheekbone implants.


Q: How does the implant process work? Who does what?

The oral surgeon and general dentist perform different parts of the dental implant process. Dr. Alijanian performs the surgical portion of the procedure and places the dental implant. The general dentist does the crown work and the restorative portion, placing the dental crown or other dental restoration on top of the implant.


Q: What anesthesia options do you offer?

We offer local anesthesia, which helps numb certain areas of the mouth, and general anesthesia, which helps you fall asleep during the procedure. During zygomatic implant surgery, we can even offer anti-inflammatory medications through IV sedation to lessen discomfort after the procedure.


Q: Do you offer local anesthesia, IV sedation or nitrous oxide?

We offer all three of these main anesthesia and sedation options.


Q: What are the post-op diet recommendations after a molar extraction?

We recommend clear liquids immediately after surgery and a soft diet until your follow-up visit. You can learn more on our Post-Op Food Recommendations and Post-Op Nutrition pages.


Q: Do you provide full-mouth dental implants? How much does this treatment usually cost?

Yes, we specialize in All-on-4® implant-supported prosthesis treatment. The treatment cost is determined at the time of the consultation and reviewed with the patient.


Q: Why is it important to remove wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. If your wisdom teeth line up correctly and your gums are healthy, you don’t need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Unfortunately, this is not generally the case. Wisdom teeth need to be removed when they don’t erupt properly in the mouth. They can grow laterally, partially protruding from the gums, or even stay under the gums and bones. Affected teeth can occupy multiple positions in the bone while trying to find a path that will allow them to break through successfully. These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. If the tooth is partially erupted, bacteria can grow in the opening around the tooth, eventually causing an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and disease. The pressure of erupting wisdom teeth may dislodge other teeth and disrupt orthodontics or natural tooth alignment.


Q: How long will my visit take?

Appointments typically take between 45 minutes and an hour.


Q: How long has your practice been in the area?

We have been in Walnut Creek since 2009.


Q: Do you take Blue Cross® Blue Shield®?

We offer all PPO insurance plans.


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