Implants Specialist

Unique Dental Care

Rahul Malik, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & Denture Specialist located in San Leandro, CA

If you have a missing tooth, it’s important to replace it quickly to protect your gums from infection, maintain the alignment of your other teeth, and restore your confident smile. Dr. Rahul Malik, an expert dentist and founder of Unique Dental Care, custom designs and replaces your missing tooth with a permanent and stable dental implant that looks and acts just like a real tooth. Unique Dental Care caters to men, women, and families in San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, San Lorenzo, and surrounding areas. For a dental implant consultation, contact Dr. Malik’s friendly team at Unique Dental by phone or the online form.


What are implants?

Implants are the next best thing to real teeth. A dental implant is a titanium screw that’s placed in your gums, where it acts like a tooth root. The screw is topped with a metal cap that secures the crown, a false tooth made of porcelain or composite material.

The titanium screw actually fuses into your jawbone, creating a sure foundation for your new tooth. Your dental implant looks, feels, and acts just like a natural tooth. It even creates stress on your jawbone so that your jaw continues to create new, healthy bone cells.

How long does it take to get an implant?

Because dental implants must bond with your jawbone, you need a series of appointments before your implant process is final. After Dr. Malik places the titanium screw and cap, he takes an impression of the implant, which is used to create a custom-designed crown. In the meantime, you wear a temporary crown for up to six months while your jawbone fuses to the implant post.

Once your implant is securely bonded with your jawbone, Dr. Malik removes the temporary crown. He then places your custom-designed crown on the implant, checks the fit, and cements it in place.

How many implants should I get?

You can get just one implant or as many as you need. If you’re missing all of your teeth and you don’t want dentures, you can even use dental implants to replace each of your missing teeth. If you choose to replace your teeth with dentures instead of implants, Dr. Malik can insert a few implants that make your dentures extra secure.

How do I care for my implants?

You care for your dental implants as if they were your real teeth. Brush them with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste at least twice a day. At least once per day, you should floss around your teeth and implants. And don’t forget to visit the friendly team at Unique Dental Care twice a year for a thorough examination and professional cleaning!

How long will my implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, implants can last for decades — or even a lifetime. Implants are considered a permanent tooth-replacement system.

When you’re ready for implants, call the happy Unique Dental Care team to set up a consultation. You can call the office or use the online booking form.