Dental Implants Specialist

Behshad Ahkami, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Glow Dental Spa

Behshad Ahkami, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Wayne, NJ

Losing a tooth or multiple teeth comes as a shock at any age. Rather than dealing with removable devices like dentures, implants are a sturdy alternative that allows you to use your teeth as you did before you lost them. At Glow Dental Spa in Wayne, New Jersey, Behshad Ahkami, DDS, places implants to support crowns, bridges, and even entire sets of dentures. To book your dental implant consultation, contact the office by phone or online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

How do dental implants work?

A dental implant is a surgically implanted device that holds a crown or multiple prosthetic teeth in place. Implants are the strongest, most stable, and longest-lasting option for tooth replacement currently available, so they’re quite popular in restorative dentistry.

The implant itself is a titanium post that Dr. Ahkami screws into your jawbone. It replicates the function of a tooth root, keeping your new tooth or teeth anchored into place. 

The process for placing the implant takes several appointments, and you’ll be sedated each time for your comfort.


Are dental implants permanent?

Dental implants stay in place permanently, at least if you take good care of them. While there’s no lifetime guarantee for dental implants, proper care ensures that they’ll last for up to 30 years. 

If you see signs of an infection near your implant, be sure to see Dr. Ahkami as soon as you can to make sure the implant doesn’t require removal. 


How can I make my dental implants last?

Speaking of implant care, Dr. Ahkami suggests treating your dental implants as you treat your normal teeth. Steps for proper implant care include:

  • Brushing twice per day

  • Flossing every day

  • Stopping smoking

  • Avoiding chewing on hard objects like pencils, ice cubes, hard candy, and bones

  • Getting an oral exam and cleaning twice per year

If the implant is toward the back of your mouth, Dr. Ahkami gives you tips on how to clean around it effectively and keep the underlying tooth safe from decay.


Am I a candidate to get dental implants?

Dental implants are an enticing tooth replacement option. However, they’re not right for everyone and you might need to consider other devices instead.

Generally, you’re a candidate for dental implants if you:

  • Have enough strong and healthy bone in your jaw
  • Can commit to the lengthy process
  • Have healthy, disease-free gums
  • Aren’t pregnant
  • Have finished growing

If you don’t have enough strong bone in your jaw but meet all other requirements for candidacy, Dr. Ahkami may be able to give you a bone graft to strengthen your jaw for an implant.

If you’d like to restore a lost tooth with a sturdy dental implant, call Glow Dental Spa or book a consultation online today.