Replacing a missing tooth or teeth can do wonders for one’s self esteem and oral health. Replacing missing teeth helps to prevent facial sagging, bone loss, and shifting teeth. Your Vista dentist, Dr. Sabet, partners with an oral surgeon to provide the leading choice for teeth replacement, dental implants. Dental implants are unique from other teeth replacement options because they alone replace the tooth root with a prosthetic root. The titanium tooth root fuses with the jawbone to form a secure bond. This provides long-lasting stability to the dental implant as well as the bridgework that it may support. Dr. Sabet will answer some frequently asked questions about dental implants.
Questions on Implants
Question: What are the steps to getting a dental implant?
Answer: You will first attend an appointment with an oral surgeon. He will take digital X-rays to determine the site for the prosthetic tooth root or post. He will then numb the area and gently insert the post into your jawbone. The bone heals for two to four months while it adheres to the post. Once the bone has healed and the bond between bone and implant has completed, you will come in to Dr. Sabet’s office where he will place a permanent crown onto your dental implant.
Question: How long do dental implants last?
Answer: Dr. Sabet urges patients to brush and floss on a daily basis. In fact, it is especially vital to floss once a day right around your implant. If you practice diligent home care and attend dental cleanings every six months, your implant can last many decades. Also, certain lifestyle habits such as smoking can damage or weaken your implant.
Question: Does a dental implant look natural?
Answer: Dental lab technicians will create a custom-fitted crown that is tinted to match your surrounding teeth. This provides an extremely authentic appearance.
About Our Doctor
Dr. Alexander A. Sabet and his friendly team provide an array of services including children and adult braces, whitening, porcelain veneers, and sleep apnea treatment. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call (760) 724-9117. Dr. Sabet welcomes and treats patients from Vista and the surrounding areas of Carlsbad, Ocean side, San Marcos, and Escondido.