A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that replaces a patient’s missing tooth. It consists of a metal post implanted into the patient’s jaw and a crown. Dr. Ebrahimi customizes dental implants to match the patient’s existing teeth in color, size, and shape.
Dr. Ebrahimi may use a dental implant to replace only 1 missing tooth, or she may use implants to replace several teeth.
Dental implants offer several advantages over alternative restorations, such as bridges and dentures. Because Dr. Ebrahimi places the implant within the jaw bone, it's much more secure than other types of restorations. Dental implants can also prevent the bone loss that often occurs after a patient loses a tooth.
Dental implant placement usually requires several visits to Dr. Ebrahimi. During the first visit, Dr. Ebrahimi will take an impression of the treatment area. She will send this impression to the laboratory so that the customized implant can be created. Dr. Ebrahimi will also place the metal post in the patient’s jaw bone at this time. In some cases, she may need to perform a bone graft procedure first. Dr. Ebrahimi uses a computer-guided implant placement procedure to ensure accuracy.
After the metal post has integrated with the patient’s bone, the patient will return to the office, and Dr. Ebrahimi will attach the crown.
Dental implants don’t require any special care. Patients should treat implants like their regular teeth. After the implant procedure, patients should continue to brush and floss their teeth daily. They should also visit the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Dental implants can’t get cavities or decay. However, the gums around the implant are still vulnerable to disease. If gum disease develops around an implant, the metal post holding it in place may loosen. For this reason, it’s important for patients to continue caring for their teeth after getting 1 or more dental implants.
Patients may experience some discomfort at different points during dental implant placement. However, Dr. Ebrahimi takes steps to minimize pain both during and after the procedure.
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