If you are missing teeth due to an accident, tooth decay, or another oral disease, you may be a good candidate for the dental implant procedure at the office of Dr. M. Shoaib Khan.
Dental implants replace damaged tooth roots and provide a foundation for your new permanent or removable teeth. Our dental laboratory technicians create them to match your natural teeth as closely as possible.
A Reputation of Success and Longevity
With a success rate around 98 percent, dental implants are an ideal option for people who want to improve the function of their existing teeth as well as their smile and appearance. They also offer numerous benefits. Some of these include:
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
- Permanent placement, which eliminates the need to use adhesive gels
- Improved speech capabilities, unlike dentures that may slip and affect pronunciation of certain words
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
- More comfortable than removable dentures
- No need to alter surrounding teeth to support the new implant
- Improved chewing ability and few restrictions on the food you can eat
While all of these are wonderful benefits, the self-esteem boost you get from dental implants can’t be measured. You can smile confidently because you no longer have gaps in your mouth where your teeth used to be. You also don’t have to worry about your new teeth slipping out of place and causing embarrassment as can happen with removable dentures.
People who smoke, have diabetes or heart disease, or who have recently had radiation therapy in the head or neck area may not be a good candidate for this procedure. However, Dr. Khan evaluates each patient on an individual basis.
The Process of Getting Dental Implants
At your first appointment, Dr. Khan places the tooth root implant into the bone socket of the area where you are missing a tooth. The replacement implant is made of titanium. Over the next six to 12 weeks, the jawbone heals and grows around the metal post. This process is necessary for it to anchor securely to the jaw. Next, Dr. Khan creates an abutment to hold the new tooth or teeth in place. After taking several impressions of your mouth and teeth, he sends the images to our lab to create your replacement teeth. When he receives them back, he permanently secures your new tooth to the abutment.
If you’re tired of the pain and embarrassment of missing teeth and want a permanent solution, contact us to learn more about dental implants.