Dental Implants in San Diego, CA

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Overview

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.

Mini Implants

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.   

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.

Recovery

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.

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.

Dental Implants

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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