Dental Implants in San Diego

Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots used to support the restoration of a missing tooth, to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. People that suffer from lost teeth can feel self-conscious about their smile or talk. Furthermore, it can cause biting irregularities that might harm your eating habits, leading to secondary health problems.

When replacing a missing tooth root, dental implants provide people with the strength and stability required to eat and live life without worrying. But not just that, they can also help to stimulate and maintain jaw bone structure, which helps to support your facial features.

Reasons for tooth loss can be tooth decay, root canal failure, gum disease, trauma to the mouth due to injury, excessive wear, or congenital disabilities. Whatever the reason may be, don’t fear to reach out and let us help you smile with confidence again.

Are Implants Right for Me?

To accurately determine if implants are the right solution for you, a consultation is needed. During the appointment, we will examine your teeth, gums, and evaluate bone density and quantity. We will then proceed to create an appropriate, personalized treatment plan that fits with your dental issues, lifestyle, personal habits, and health.

Depending on your situation, we will advise you how long the process will take, how many appointments will be needed, and what you can expect from the procedure. We will also discuss the estimated costs of your treatment before starting the process.

 

The Procedure

Dental Implants are almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The reason being that the structural and functional connection between the implant and your bone aids the appearance. When we conduct the procedure, we typically perform it in a single sitting.

However, the implant needs to anchor to your jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration, and it can take anywhere from six weeks to half a year for this to happen. At which point, we will complete the procedure by placing a crown, bridge, or hybrid denture restoration. On occasion, the implant will not anchor to your bone, which means it has failed. We will then consider other treatment options.

Since dental implantation is performed to replace missing teeth, it can be done any time after adolescence or when bone growth is complete. Please be sure to make us aware of any medical conditions such as active diabetes, as this may require additional treatment before we can perform the procedure.

These are the steps that occur in the procedure:

  1. Preparing your jaw for implantation – a dental implant usually consists of a titanium material screw and a crown (as seen on the image). A small-diameter hole is drilled at the place where your tooth is missing, guiding the implant fixture in place. We have the expertise and skill to assure that we will not create any damage to your facial structure or vital jaw. 
  2. The placement – after the initial hole has been drilled in the right site, the gap will be slowly widened to allow for the implant screw to be placed. When in place, the surrounding tissue is secured over the implant, and a protective cover is placed on top to allow it to heal and osseointegration to occur.

After the healing period, we will uncover the implant and attach the crown or another tooth-like replacement. We will then fabricate a permanent or temporary crown. It is not always possible to create the crown on the same day as the rest of the procedure. That’s why a temporary crown can then serve as a template around which the gum will grow and naturally shape itself. The entire process is completed when the permanent crown is placed.

 

After the procedure – recovery, follow-up, and aftercare 

There are several factors on which dental implant recovery depends. These include the different procedures required to complete the treatment, as mentioned above. However, it is highly recommended that once your implant is placed, you focus on maintaining diligent oral hygiene habits to ensure that proper integration with the bone structure can occur. If you fail to remember to floss and brush, you risk the failure of your treatment.

For example, an infection can occur when the implant and surrounding areas aren’t regularly and adequately cleaned. Moreover, if you are a smoker, keep in mind that this also contributes to high failure rates. It should, therefore, be avoided following the procedure of the implantation.

If any provisional restorations are placed with your implants, it is essential to keep them clean, as you would with natural teeth, to make sure you optimize your healing and fusing process. 

You might experience some swelling of your gums or face after the surgery. And minor bleeding, as well as bruising on the implant site, can also occur. However, discomfort should be minimal. If not, please contact us right away.

The week after your surgery, please restrict your diet to soft and liquid foods. If any stitches are needed, they may need to be removed; however, we often use self-dissolving stitches that do not require removal. 

Please remember that healing from this procedure can take up to six months, while fitting and seating of the crown can take an additional two months. While this timeframe depends entirely on the individual and the treatments, assure them of being aware of the healing time needed. Follow-up appointments are essential for monitoring your progress. If cared for in the right way, your dental implants can last your entire lifetime.

For more information, please contact our office and schedule a consultation.