Dental Implants in San Diego, CA
Restore Your Smile
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is taken care of with regular brushing and flossing and can bring confidence back to your smile. If there is not enough bone to support a dental implant, a bone graft be placed to help new bone grow before the post is inserted. Visit our What Are Dental Implants page to learn more about this tooth restoration option.
Types of Dental Implants
- Single Dental Implant. A single dental implant can be placed in any area of the mouth where a tooth is missing. Learn more about single tooth replacement.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. When several teeth are missing next to each other, dental implants can support a bridge to complete your smile. This prevents the need to grind down healthy teeth to attach a bridge.
- Immediate Implants. We can place a dental implant as soon as a tooth is extraction, reducing the number of appointments needed to restore the tooth. Learn more about same-day dental implants.
- Full-Arch Restoration. As few as four dental implant posts support a permanent denture in one or both dental arches. This completely restores your smile and is ideal for patients missing many or all of their teeth. Learn more about multiple teeth replacement.
The Biggest Benefits of Dental Implants
Improved Speaking and Eating.
Unlike ill-fitting dentures, dental implants stay in place and make it easier to speak and eat properly.
Improved Appearance and Self-Esteem.
With a complete smile, you can feel like you again and regain your confidence.
Convenient and Easy Care.
Keeping your dental implant clean and healthy is easy. Simply brush and floss your replacement tooth or teeth regularly.
Its titanium post makes a dental implant very strong. They can even replace molars. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
What Factors Into the Cost of a Dental Implant?
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 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.
Alternative tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges, only sit inside of the mouth and do not fuse to the jaw bone underneath. Because of this, they do not prevent the jaw bone from weakening over time. Dental implants are designed to replicate the appearance and health benefits of a natural tooth, including providing necessary stimulation to the jaw. Your implant is secured in this way and will not be removed during eating, brushing, or throughout the day like removable oral appliances.
We use 3D intraoral scanners to create digital impressions of your teeth. This eliminates the need for traditional molds and allows your surgeon to virtually create the entire treatment plan.
Dental Implant Surgery in San Diego, CA
During your consultation appointment, you will meet with either Dr. Koshgerian or Dr. Shelton, who are both board-certified oral surgeons. They will discuss your surgical goals and design a treatment plan to achieve them. If you’re concerned about pain or experience surgical anxiety, there are many anesthesia options to choose from. Oral surgeons are specially trained to safely administer all forms of anesthesia and sedation. EXPAREL® is also an option, which is a non-opioid alternative to post-surgical pain management.
Once the anesthesia has been administered, your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post. Over time, the jaw bone will fuse with the post. When the post and bone have bonded, a connecting abutment is attached. Your restorative dentist will attach the custom-made crown to the abutment, and your dental implant is complete. Any questions you have during recovery can be answered in our post-operative instructions or by calling us at (619) 287-5000.
Learn more about dental implant dentistry in San Diego, CA.
Types of Anesthesia
The right anesthesia will depend on the complexity of your procedure and your level of anxiety.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implant Patients
Robert Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, I’m Robert, and I’m from El Cajon, California. I came to the Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego for extractions, bone grafting, and implant surgery. When I first walked in here, for the very first time, it was clean, and the front office staff here was really friendly. They made me feel very comfortable. They made sure that I had everything I needed. Both the doctors have a real gentle way about them. Several times [I] received phone calls from them, ‘Hey, give me a call back. Here’s my personal cell phone number’. So, I had a connection with them. I am so happy that I got my procedure done here, and I would highly recommend coming to the Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego."
Daren Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Hello, my name is Daren. I am from San Diego. I came to The Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego for a dental implant and a bone graft. My overall experience here was great. This practice is more, like, you feel the family-oriented vibe where when you come in, [it] makes you feel comfortable and at ease. The doctors here are welcoming. They greet you with a smile and keep a good conversation. After the procedure, I’m feeling great. I’m able to use all of my teeth. I have to say I have to give the doctors here a five out of five stars."
David Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name's David from La Mesa, and I had a dental implant placed by Dr. Shelton. Dr. Shelton's a great guy. He gets people's concerns coming into his office, and every step of the way makes you comfortable. They're ready for you. It's just really friendly and welcoming and warm and inviting. They do a really good job of making sure that I was comfortable, and I was as pain-free as possible, and they delivered. The procedure itself couldn't have gone any better. The recovery was amazing. Overall, I had a great experience here. I highly recommend The Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego."
Kevin Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name is Kevin. I’m from Coronado. I came to The Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego to get an extraction and an implant. My overall experience at The Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego was exceptional from beginning to end. The atmosphere here is very welcoming. The doctors and staff are wonderful people. I enjoyed meeting them all. The doctors helped by explaining the procedure thoroughly and going through [it] with me in detail so I understood exactly what would happen. Rating The Oral Surgery Specialists of San Diego on five stars, I’d give them five stars every time."
Dental Implant FAQs
Are dental implants painful?
Some amount of discomfort can be expected with any surgical procedure. However, many patients report little to no pain post-surgery. We are proud to offer EXPAREL®, a single-use non-opioid option for pain relief. We’re happy to discuss this option with you during your first visit.
Who places a dental implant?
Oral surgeons undergo 4 to 6 years of training beyond dental school. Oral surgeons are also specially trained to administer various forms of anesthesia safely and receive hands-on training in a hospital-based environment. Many general dentists refer patients to oral surgeons for more complex procedures, such as the placement of dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, or jaw surgery.
Can I replace any tooth with a dental implant?
Yes. A dental implant is so versatile that it can be used to replace any tooth. If there is not enough jaw bone to support the implant, a bone graft can be performed to promote the growth of new bone. If you are not a candidate for dental implants, there are other tooth replacement options to consider.
I’m missing several teeth. Should I get dental implants or dentures?
While dentures may cost less upfront, they can require costly upkeep, adjustments, and more dental appointments in the future. Many patients find dentures to be uncomfortable and embarrassing, and they must be cleaned with special rinses and removed during eating. A dental implant, on the other hand, has a high success rate and becomes a permanent part of your smile. Removable dentures need to be replaced as often as every 5 years, while a dental implant can last a lifetime. If you’re missing many teeth in one arch, you may be a candidate for a full-arch restoration. Learn more on our Dental Implants or Dentures? page.
Will I be asleep during the dental implant procedure?
Your choice of anesthesia will depend on the complexity of your procedure and your anxiety level. Some patients are fine with local anesthesia to numb the area and remain awake while the implant post is placed. Others prefer to be completely sedated and wake up when it is over. We offer several anesthesia options to suit your needs and ensure you feel comfortable.
My tooth is decayed or damaged. Can I replace it with an implant?
Yes. A badly damaged or decayed tooth can simply be extracted and replaced with a dental implant, sometimes in the same visit. If the jaw bone in the area of the tooth has deteriorated, a bone graft will be inserted into the socket, and the implant post will be inserted at a later date when there is enough bone to support it.
How Can We Help?
If you have questions, would like to learn more about a procedure, or wish to schedule an appointment, give us a call. Our board-certified surgeons and attentive team are here to help.