Dental Implants Overview
If you are looking for a long-lasting restoration to replace a missing tooth or teeth, our group is pleased to offer implant dentistry for patients in San Diego, CA. Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed in your gums and jawbone to simulate the missing tooth root. The post(s) can be connected to a bridge, crown, or denture for a natural-looking restoration that can be used just like your real teeth. Set up a consultation to hear more about implants at Dental Express. You may choose dental implants if you don't want to deal with loose crowns or the hassle of removable dentures. Talk to one of our skilled dentists about your preference and decide if implants are a good choice for you.
At Dental Express, we also offer mini implants. For patients who do not have sufficient bone mass for regular implants or who cannot undergo multiple procedures, we might recommend mini implants. The procedure is much less invasive and patients recover faster compared to regular implants. During the procedure, we use local anesthesia and insert a titanium post that has a small ball at the end of it. After inserting the post, we will attach the denture. Following the treatment, patients will experience slight discomfort and should avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods.
Dental Implants Reviews
"I'm going to miss this place. Unfortunately I have to switch due to insurance reasons but my experience with Dental Express has been nothing but a pleasure. The staff is friendly and they all get along with each other. They seem pretty young, but the quality of work is still excellent. The energy in the office is good. I don't know what it's like to work under Doctor Casey but his employees seem happy and they've done a great job on all of the work I've had there. The staff is very knowledgeable, from insurance, to the hygienists, to the dentists. They were very clear about what they were doing and how to take care of my teeth afterwards. My teeth and gums are in better shape than they've ever been. This is the first time I had a dentist my age (26). I forget his name, he is no longer there, but he left to go back to school for training on dental implants. He gave me a crown on my back molar that feels just like my old tooth. Even when I floss, it feels completely natural. Thanks for everything Dental Express! If I can, I'll return to you guys in the future."- N.B. / Yelp / Aug 30, 2018
"I want to thank DR Casey and the awesome staff at Clairemont Dental Express for just the best a patient could hope for. I had 4 dental implants replacing the missing teeth I had lost over the years. Everything went so smooth and without a hitch. The staff always had a smile on their faces and treated me with the upmost care. Thanks for caring about your quality of work. Your team effort really shows. Thanks, Tom."- T.C. / Yelp / Nov 26, 2016
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Dental implants can replace a missing tooth or teeth by connecting it to an implant-supported bridge, crown, or denture. Implant dentistry might be a good option if you have a dental restoration, but you are unhappy with the look, fit, or if it needs special cleaning. Patients can brush and floss implants just like normal teeth. In your consultation, we will assess the health of your jawbone and gums to decide if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. In some cases, a gum or bone graft may be needed before implant surgery to strengthen the implant's foundation. Dental implant surgery is not a good choice if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another condition, such as gum disease.
What To Expect with Dental Implants
To prepare for your dental implants, you may need to have teeth extracted, as well as gum and bone grafts. After your mouth has healed, we will set up another appointment for the implant surgery.
Prior to receiving the implant, our dentists will administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth. If needed and to help you further relax, we can arrange additional anesthesia or sedation options. After you are completely numb, our dentists will make an incision in your gum and put the titanium post in the jawbone. The incision in the gums is closed with some of the dental implant visible above the gumline. This process is repeated if you need multiple implants. As the dental implant integrates with the bone and gum over the following months, a temporary covering is used to protect the post. Once we decide the dental implant is stable, your restoration (denture, crown, or bridge) is connected to your implant and adjusted for a proper fit.
Dental Implants Recovery
You may have some short-term inflammation in your gums and face, plus discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding following your dental implant procedure. We will let you know what to expect and when to contact our office. Our dentists may also write a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics. As soon as your implants have healed and your customized restoration has been attached, you will want to implement an at-home routine that includes brushing and flossing. Additionally, you should schedule annual exams and biannual professional cleanings at Dental Express so we can track the health of your implants and restorations. A dentist from our team will evaluate your implants or restorations and determine if you need repairs or replacements.
Dental Implants Insurance Coverage
Based on your dental insurance and personal coverage, some of the costs of your implants and custom restorations may be covered. We will contact your insurance company to understand your policy and determine your costs. At your consultation, we can estimate your costs and talk to you about payment methods we accept, including low-interest medical financing.
If you would like a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth that's simple to care for and lasts for years, implant dentistry may be a good option. We will help you understand the steps to an implant procedure and help you select the best custom restoration option. To learn more about implant dentistry, schedule a consultation at one of San Diego locations.
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