Dental Implant Dentist in San Diego, CA
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The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego has provided patients of Southern California with remarkable restorative treatments since 1995. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Koshgerian and Dr. Shelton, use the most advanced techniques and technologies available in dentistry today to produce outstanding results for our patients. Choosing to replace one or more missing teeth with dental implants prevents bone loss, improves your oral health, and serves as a long-term foundation for your smile for many years.
What Kind of Dentist Does Dental Implants?
Some general dentists are trained to perform simple implant placement in their offices. However, many dentists lack the training in anesthesia and surgical experience to perform most dental implant surgeries. Your general dentist is often the first professional to notice the need for a dental implant or tooth replacement treatment. Often, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgery practice, such as The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego, for evaluation and surgery. Restorative dentists focus on the cosmetic appearance of your smile and can also refer you to an oral surgeon for implant placement.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo an extra 4-6 years of training following dental school, where the training of a general dentist ends. During this time, they learn how to safely administer all forms of anesthesia and perform complex surgical procedures while diagnosing any new oral health problems that appear. General dentists can administer local anesthesia, but any other type requires specialized training that only oral surgeons have completed.
A periodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the supporting structures of teeth. Some general dentists may refer patients to a periodontist for treatment, or rely on a periodontist for assistance during surgery. When placed by a skilled and trained professional, dental implants have a 98% success rate.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally speaking, if you are healthy enough to undergo any type of generic surgical procedure, you are healthy enough for dental implant surgery. This procedure takes about an hour, but that time varies depending on your condition.
In order to receive a dental implant, you must have adequate jaw bone to support it. bone grafting procedures have made it possible for more patients to undergo dental implant surgery by helping regrow facial bone. When placed in an area where the bone has deteriorated, a bone graft serves as a scaffold for new bone to heal over it, resulting in new and stronger bone. Once the bone graft has healed, you are able to receive a dental implant.
Types of Dental Implants We Offer
Dr. Paul Koshgerian and Dr. Jonathan Shelton provide patients with many options when it comes to replacement teeth. During your first visit, we will take 3D scans of your mouth to diagnose your needs, then design a custom treatment plan with the right type of dental implants for your smile.
- Single Tooth Replacement. A dental implant, consisting of a post, abutment, and crown, can replace a single missing tooth anywhere in the mouth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Dental implants can support a bridge where multiple teeth are missing, protecting the need to damage your natural teeth to fit the bridge.
- Immediate Implants. Right after a tooth is extracted, your surgeon can insert a dental implant post into the tooth socket to immediately restore the feel and function of the missing tooth.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Multiple dental implant posts are inserted into the gum tissue and support a fixed prosthesis, completely restoring your entire smile's appearance and function.
Find Us in San Diego
3737 Moraga Ave, Ste B-216
San Diego, CA 92117
- Solana Beach
- Del Mar
- National City
- Chula Vista
6386 Alvarado Ct, Ste 110
San Diego, CA 92120
- La Mesa
- El Cajon
- National City
- Chula Vista
Types of Anesthesia
The right anesthesia will depend on the complexity of your procedure and your level of anxiety.
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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.