Dental implants are a top choice in teeth replacement options for dental professionals because of their long-lasting nature and natural appearance. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth that may have been previously extracted or are weak and unstable. The post of the implant fuses to the bone in your jaw, which actually improves the structure of your jaw. Then, an abutment is added on top of the post and later, a crown that is customized to your teeth color and mouth size is added.
Please feel free to listen to some of our patients talk about their experiences with receiving dental implants through The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego. Whether it was for a single tooth or multiple teeth, each patient will discuss their personal experience, and we hope that it brings you the reassurance that selecting our oral surgery team for your treatment is the right choice.
For our patients in San Diego, CA, seeking replacements for broken, failing, or missing teeth, one of the most desirable tooth restoration treatments is to receive dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution with the look, feel, and functional abilities of natural teeth. A single dental implant is a three-part tooth replacement consisting of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone, an abutment piece that is used to connect the implant to a custom crown, and the crown itself which is designed to perfectly match your existing teeth. Implants can support a single tooth replacement or even an entire arch of teeth. One of the things that patients love about dental implants is that dental implants do not damage surrounding teeth to secure the restoration. Implants are true tooth replacements — just like natural teeth, they fuse with the bone in your jaw for the ability to eat virtually anything, and smile with complete confidence. Because implants fuse with the jaw bone, they also keep the jaw healthy, preventing the bone loss that can occur from extended tooth loss. Plus, your dental implants can last a lifetime if you practice good oral care!
Dental implants provide a realistic and secure tooth replacement that also benefits your overall oral health. With so many incredible advantages over more traditional tooth replacements, dental implants are a preferred tooth replacement solution for patients. Some of the benefits of dental implants include
With the advanced bone grafting techniques that we offer at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego, CA, we find that successful dental implant placement is an option for almost everyone, even those patients who have major loss of bone in the jaw due to long-term tooth loss, or other factors such as disease or injury. If you are healthy enough to have a standard tooth extraction, dental implants are likely an option for you at our practice.
If you want to restore your oral function with dental implants, or if you have any questions about our procedures or our practice, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koshgerian or Dr. Shelton. We look forward to offering you the very best in oral surgery care.
Our trusted oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Koshgerian and Dr. Shelton, have extensive training and experience placing dental implants. Oral surgeons are uniquely qualified to perform implant placement surgery with the best long-term results and the least amount of risk. The process for receiving implants is a collaboration between your oral and maxillofacial surgeon and your restorative dentist. Your surgeon performs any initial tooth extractions and any necessary bone grafting and places your implants, and your dentist creates the custom prosthesis (crown) that will match your existing teeth. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis required for the implant process. Digital 3D impressions will be taken of your mouth to plan your surgery and for the creation of the custom crown or crowns. The custom replacement teeth can be crowns, fixed bridges, or fixed dentures — all of which will be permanently secured to the implant posts that are surgically inserted in your jaw bone.
Most of the time, dental implants and/or bone grafting procedures will be performed at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego in our surgical suites under intravenous (IV) sedation. Our doctors have extensive training in the safe administration of in-office anesthesia and sedation, and our team is dedicated to maintaining your comfort throughout your procedures. For the details about anesthesia options and procedures at our practice, please see our Anesthesia Options page. When you are informed about your options, it is easier for you to express your preferences to the doctor during your consultation appointment. The dental implant procedure at our practice typically goes as follows:
With the proper oral care and regular dental checkups, dental implants are designed to last. Our oral surgeons are available to consult with you to develop a treatment plan that carefully considers your unique condition and goals. Please call one of our two locations in the San Diego, CA area to learn more about The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego and how we can help you restore your smile.
For the most accurate estimate of the cost of your dental implant treatment, we recommend a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. Factors that go into dental implant treatment that can affect cost include the number of implants you will be receiving and if you will need a bone grafting procedure or an extraction to prepare for your implant placement.
The long-term value of dental implants is undeniable: replacement teeth that allow you to regain the ability to eat the foods you love, appear natural when you talk and smile, and maintain the health of your jaw bone are truly priceless. When you also consider the fact that implants can last decades with proper oral care, the difference is clear between implants and less expensive tooth restorations that must be replaced periodically. Some of the economic and personal benefits enjoyed by implant patients include the following:
Dental implants are a cost-effective and healthy way to rehabilitate your oral function and your confident smile. If are interested in learning more about dental implants for damaged or missing teeth, please give The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists a call.
The length of your dental implant procedure will vary based on the number of implants you are receiving. In general, a single implant will take between 30 and 60 minutes, and multiple implants can take from one to three hours.
When teeth are missing for a prolonged time, loss of bone in the jaw can occur. When there is not enough bone in the jaw for a secure implant placement, the oral surgeons at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego may perform a bone grafting procedure to restore the bone in areas that are lacking. Once the bone grafting site has healed, your dental implant or implants can be placed securely.
Once your doctor has indicated that enough healing has occurred, you can brush and floss your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth. If you keep your mouth healthy and see your dentist regularly, your implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
It takes several weeks of healing for the implants to fuse with the bone beneath the gums. Aside from an initial diet of soft foods and then avoiding excess chewing pressure on the implant sites, most patients are back to their regular routines within a few days after the placement of their implants. Your oral surgeon will fully explain your aftercare instructions before your treatment begins.
The replacement teeth, or crowns, are attached to the implants in your jaw once enough healing has occurred. The timing of this phase of your treatment will depend on a few factors. Your oral surgeon will see you during a follow-up appointment to see how you’re healing and will determine the best time for your crown placement at that time.
Don’t worry, you will not undergo any treatment until you are at ease. You will receive the anesthesia that you and your doctor decided upon during your consultation appointment and will not feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. You’re in excellent hands at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego — our oral surgeons are trained in the safe administration of anesthesia and sedation. After surgery, we find that most of our patients are back to their regular routines quickly. You will be provided with detailed pre- and post-surgical instructions to make your procedure and recovery go as smoothly as possible.
There are many options regarding temporary replacement teeth while your implants are healing. Removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made, and in the case of multiple implants, your existing denture can be modified. In some cases, a new temporary denture will be made. If you would like nonremovable teeth during the healing phase of your treatment, temporary transitional crowns can sometimes be placed. You and your doctor will discuss all of your options in detail before your procedure.
If you are interested in receiving dental implant treatment from an experienced oral surgeon in the San Diego, CA, area, our oral surgeons, Dr. Koshgerian and Dr. Shelton, are available to meet with you for a consultation. Our doctors are trusted dental implant specialists and highly skilled in the full scope of oral surgery procedures.