Dental Implants

in Rancho Bernardo

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

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Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

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

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.

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Benefits of Dental Implants:

Dental implants offer several benefits over bridges and dentures:

  • Durability and Longevity: Dental implants are a long-lasting solution for missing teeth, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. In contrast, bridges and dentures have a lifespan of 5-10 years and may need to be replaced multiple times over a patient's lifetime.
  • Functionality: Dental implants function like natural teeth and allow patients to eat and speak normally. Bridges and dentures may affect speech and chewing ability.
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  • Preservation of Jawbone: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone and prevent bone loss, while bridges and dentures do not. This can lead to a more youthful appearance and a better fit for dentures in the future.
  • Aesthetics: Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Bridges and dentures may not look as natural and can affect a patient's smile.
  • Convenience: Dental implants do not require the removal or adjustment of adjacent teeth, which is required for bridges. Dentures require daily removal and cleaning, while dental implants do not.
  • Cost-effectiveness: While the initial cost of dental implants may be higher than bridges or dentures, they can be more cost-effective in the long run as they do not need to be replaced as frequently.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed or removable replacement teeth. They are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and improve oral health and appearance.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are suitable for most people who are missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or decay. However, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with our experienced team.

How long does the implant procedure take?

The implant procedure can take several months to complete. The initial consultation, assessment, and planning typically take place over several visits. The actual implant surgery is usually done in one visit, but the healing process can take several weeks.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implant treatment can vary depending on the number of implants needed, the type of implant used, and the location of the practice. We offer competitive pricing and financing options to help make the treatment more affordable.

How long do dental implants last?

The cost of dental implant treatment can vary depending on the number of implants needed, the type of implant used, and the location of the practice. We offer competitive pricing and financing options to help make the treatment more affordable.

Is the implant procedure painful?

The implant procedure is typically done under local anesthesia or IV sedation, so patients should not experience significant pain. Some discomfort and swelling can be expected after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily and to schedule regular check-ups and professional cleanings with our team.

Can I eat and speak normally with dental implants?

Yes, once the implant has fully healed and the replacement tooth has been attached, it should feel and function like a natural tooth. This means that you should be able to eat and speak normally.

Q: How do I schedule a consultation?

A: You can schedule a consultation by giving us a call, or sending an email. You can also book an appointment directly through our website by clicking on the "Request Appointment" button. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.