Millions of Americans suffer tooth loss—mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease or injury. In addition to changing facial appearance, missing teeth can have a negative impact on one’s confidence and self-esteem. For many years, the only options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures — but not any longer. Today dental implants are being used successfully to replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have a lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Dr. Farahmand or one of his colleagues implants a material that serves as a new root to replace the missing root. Sturdy titanium posts are anchored directly into the jawbone, providing a completely functional artificial root to anchor the new artificial tooth or crown. The bone grows around the implanted post the same way bone grows around the natural root of a tooth.
The result: a dental implant that looks, feels, and functions exactly like a strong natural tooth.
The most common type of implant is referred to as “endosteal” (in the bone) and holds one or more prosthetic teeth — designed for patients with crowns, bridges or removable dentures.
As with any dental procedure, at-home oral care and regular visits to your dentist are necessary to keep your implant in place for many years. After your dental implant treatment, Dr. Farahmand will develop a care plan to ensure that your implants, teeth and gums remain healthy for a very long time.