When teeth are missing, patients often suffer in ways that take a toll on their quality of life. Self-esteem may be affected, eating difficulties may plague every meal, dental shifting may occur, and the jaw bone often begins to atrophy, causing the patient to appear older. At our practice, we strive to take care of our patients so that their overall health and well-being are improved. Sometimes, the best solution for restoring a patient’s smile and oral function is to place individual dental implants using bone grafting techniques. Sometimes, patients prefer other tooth loss solutions such as fixed bridges or even a full-arch restoration. No matter what solution is best for you, our team is here to provide the highest quality oral surgery care available with your comfort and long-term health in mind.
Dental implants are a three-part tooth restoration solution that is a complete tooth replacement, root and all. With dental implants, patients enjoy new teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Regaining the ability to comfortably eat the foods they love and smile and speak again with the knowledge that their new teeth are natural looking, make this tooth replacement solution incredibly popular with our patients. Implants also keep the jaw bone healthy and strong, preventing bone loss just like natural teeth, along with the added benefit of maintaining healthy facial aesthetics. Dental implants are versatile and can replace an individual tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, and no healthy teeth are damaged to permanently secure them in your mouth.
Drs. Koshgerian and Shelton perform dental implant placements in comfortable and well-staffed surgical suites in our two San Diego area practices. You can read our page on Dental Implants to learn more about this restorative tooth replacement option.
When patients are missing an entire arch of their teeth, a recommended tooth replacement solution may be to receive a full-arch replacement. A full-arch replacement replaces multiple teeth using as few as four to six dental implants for new, stable, and life-like teeth. This treatment can be completed in one procedure, so it is cost-effective and efficient. Also, patients still benefit from the durability and health advantages of individual dental implants, but experience less post-surgical discomfort and a reduced healing time, for a restored smile that can be enjoyed sooner. During your consultation with your oral surgeon, you will learn if this is the best solution for your individual oral health condition.
We perform full-arch restoration procedures in our two San Diego area practices. You can learn more about this tooth replacement option on our Full-Arch Restoration page.
A fixed, tooth-supported bridge is a common solution for replacing one or more teeth by bridging the gap between the missing tooth/teeth. In this restoration, the bridge is cemented in place using the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth as anchors. Your dentist will need to reshape the teeth that are used to anchor the bridge to fit the new crown or crowns of the bridge. Bridges are popular because they are a natural-looking tooth replacement that also helps to prevent dental shifting. Bridges are often an excellent choice for patients who want a nonremovable tooth replacement option but are not candidates for dental implants. However, bridges do need to be replaced after several years of wear.
Full or partial dentures are a well-known and traditional tooth replacement solution. Some people tolerate dentures very well, but other find them to be uncomfortable and do not like that they can slip during chewing or speaking. The process for dentures is quick and easy and will be performed by your family dentist. Sometimes variances in jaw size and shape can be a challenge to fit a comfortable denture. In these cases, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgery practice such as ours for pre-prosthetic surgery to prepare your mouth for comfortable, well-fitting dentures. This type of oral surgery reshapes the bony ridge under the gums for a better fit.
The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego are highly skilled and experienced in pre-prosthetic surgery procedures. You can learn more about this treatment on our Pre-Prosthetic Surgery page.
If you would like to learn more about your tooth replacement options at our San Diego area practice, please contact one of our two practices to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koshgerian or Dr. Shelton to determine the best tooth restoration for your unique anatomy and condition. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss the restoration of your smile.