If you’ve lost one or more permanent teeth, you may consider dental implants for a natural-looking tooth replacement option. Azita Kabiri offers dental implants to patients from throughout the East Bay area at KB San Leandro Dental Studio in San Leandro, California. Dental implants offer a permanent solution for lost teeth. You can learn more by calling or making an appointment online today.
Dental implants are permanent prosthetic teeth that Dr. Kabiri inserts directly into your jaw. They consist of a titanium post that acts like a tooth root, an abutment, and a dental crown, which is custom-made to match your remaining natural teeth. You can replace one or all of your teeth with dental implants.
Dental implants not only restore your smile and improve your ability to chew and talk, but they also protect the health and integrity of your jaw. The titanium post acts just like a natural tooth root, stimulating healthy bone development in your jaw. Additionally, dental implants are very durable and strong. The titanium post integrates with your jaw bone, creating a strong and stable base.
Dr. Kabiri installs dental implants over the course of several appointments. Each patient has unique needs and may require more or less time between appointments to allow the posts to integrate and for your jaw to heal. In general, assuming your jaw is healthy and strong enough to support them, implants are inserted over the course of three appointments.
During the first appointment, Dr. Kabiri implants the titanium posts in your jaw. You wait a few weeks while your jaw heals and the posts join with your bone in a process called osseointegration. This process results in a strong foundation for the prosthetic tooth or teeth.
At the second appointment, Dr. Kabiri fits abutments onto the posts and takes a mold of your mouth. She sends the mold to a dental lab, where your crown or crowns are custom-made to fit your mouth. Until your permanent prosthetics are ready, Dr. Kabiri fits you with temporary crowns.
Finally, Dr. Kabiri fits your permanent crowns at your last appointment. She checks your bite and the fit of the crowns with any remaining natural teeth. She buffs your crowns until they shine like natural teeth.
You take care of dental implants just like natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should have routine dental checkups, because while the dental implants are not at risk of decay, Dr. Kabiri still needs to examine your oral and dental health.
If you are missing a tooth or teeth and want to learn more about dental implants, call or make an appointment online today.