Dental implants are the most natural-looking and reliable way to get your smile back. If you are looking for a long-term solution to a missing tooth or teeth, we're pleased to offer you implant dentistry in San Diego, CA. Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed in your gums and jawbone to simulate the missing tooth root. These posts are made of materials like titanium that work well with the body. They can be connected to a bridge, crown, or denture for a natural look that can be used just like your real teeth. You may choose dental implants if you don't want to deal with loose crowns, adhesives, or the hassle of removable dentures. Implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth that modern dentistry has to offer. Set up a consultation to hear more about implants at Dental Express. Talk to one of our dental professionals about your preference and decide if implants are the right choice for you.
At Dental Express, we also offer mini implants. We might recommend mini implants for patients who do not have sufficient bone mass for regular implants or who cannot undergo multiple procedures. The procedure is much less invasive, and patients recover faster compared to regular implants. During the treatment, 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 are advised to 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
"My lady broke a tooth while we were on vacation. We figured CALI would be $$$. We called Phoenix and Seattle to our other dentists for an approximate cost. WOOO, we were so wrong. Their price is excellent. But more important, the dedication to quality service, explanation so she was comfortable about proceeding with the two implants required. Such quality work, she was so happy and relieved. This would be my go to location when I am in San Diego!"- D.C. / Yelp / Sep 08, 2019
"I went here thinking I needed 2 implants in the front of my mouth after a bad experience with western dental. I was in tears because of the run around that other dentists have put me through, compleatly expecting the worst. At dental express the dentist gave me a free implant consolation with x-rays and everything. Turned out that i didnt need implants, just crowns. The billing girl even got one of my teeth approved by my insurance so I only had to pay for one. Everywhere else I went told me that my teeth were only a cosmedic issue and I wouldnt get any help through my insurance. Dental Express and their staff helped me get the best work done on my mouth. They fought for me and explained to my insurance why I need the work done. They really care about their patients and they had such compassion for my situation! They not only fixed my teeth they gave me back my confidence and my beautiful smyle. I would definately recomend Dental Express to any of my family or friends, they are amazing!!!"- F.D. / Google / Oct 24, 2018
"My lady broke a tooth while we were on vacation.We figured CALI would be $$$.We called Phoenix and Seattle to our other dentists for an approximate cost.WOOO, we were so wrong.Their price is excellent.But more important, the dedication to quality service, explanation so she was comfortable about proceeding with the two implants required.Such quality work, she was so happy and relieved.This would be my go to location when I am in San Diego!"- D.C. / Yelp / Sep 08, 2019
Best Candidates for Dental Implants
The best candidates for dental implants are patients with the jawbone and gum health to support an implant. It's crucial to stay on top of your at-home dental care regimen and schedule routine checkups with your dentist to ensure your mouth is ready for treatments like these.
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 natural teeth. At your consultation, we will assess your jawbone and gum health to decide if implant dentistry is right for you. 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 for you if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are currently being treated for another condition, such as gum disease.
What To Expect
Getting a dental implant is a multi-stage process that involves several visits to the dentist. 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.
Before 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. The titanium post is left to fuse with the bone anywhere from three to six months in a process called osseointegration that ensures your implant's stability. 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.
You may have some short-term inflammation in your gums and face, plus discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding following your dental implant procedure. Be sure to communicate any symptoms or discomfort you feel with your dentist. We will let you know what to expect and when to contact our office. Our dentists may also prescribe pain relievers and antibiotics. As soon as your implants have healed and we've attached your customized restoration, 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.
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.
Dental implants restore your smile and your ability to chew. They also serve as a strong foundation for other restorative treatments such as partial bridges and dentures. Additionally, unlike other treatments, they don't rely on the health of surrounding teeth. The osseointegration process gives your implant the strong base it needs to stand on its own, making this treatment a more accessible option.
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 select the best custom restoration option. To learn more about implant dentistry, schedule a consultation at one of our San Diego locations.
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