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Dental Implants

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial support frames and teeth that Dr. Salim surgically inserts into your upper or lower jaw bone. The artificial teeth he attaches to the implants look and function like your natural teeth.

Used to restore or improve your smile, dental implants are custom-made from impressions of your teeth. They’re strong, durable, and provide better support for artificial teeth than virtually any other prosthetic device.

Do I need dental implants?

Here are some of the most common reasons why Dr. Salim may recommend dental implants for your case:

  • Replace missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by shifting teeth
  • Restore chewing, speech, or digestion problems caused by shifting teeth
  • Restore or enhance facial structure
  • Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable

Dr. Salim uses dental implants to address dental problems related to gaps in your smile because missing teeth can cause a variety of oral health issues — beyond your cosmetic concerns.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

First, Dr. Salim takes X-rays and impressions of your jaw and teeth to determine the amount of bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. Next, your dental implants are custom-made in a dental lab.

During the procedure, Dr. Salim numbs the treatment area. Then, he places the implant into the bone using a small surgical drill. Your jaw bone needs time to heal and naturally integrate the implant. This process, called osseointegration, takes approximately four to six months.

Depending on the type of implant you receive, Dr. Salim may perform a second surgery to place the post that holds the artificial tooth in place. He explains how many surgeries your case requires in your personalized treatment plan.

After several weeks of healing, Dr. Salim attaches the artificial tooth to the implant.

What happens after getting a dental implant?

Dr. Salim provides you with complete aftercare instructions and answers all your questions. To extend the life of your new implant, he suggests practicing good oral hygiene, eating healthy food, and coming to Gorgeous Smile for your regular dental visits.

If you have missing or damaged teeth that may require an implant, call or schedule an appointment online today.

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