Many patients who have unfortunately lost a tooth (or teeth) over the years may feel like they’ll never have the chance to restore their once-great smile. Even replacing teeth with dentures may not be the right fit for everyone. However, as your trusted cosmetic dentist in San Diego and La Mesa, CA, we at Smilehaven Dental Center are proud to provide a tooth restoration treatment that’s sure to lead to a healthier and more beautiful smile: dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are basically small zirconium posts that are used as the replacement for the roots of a missing tooth. These implants are inserted into the jawbone while a patient is under local anesthesia. This surgical procedure is minor and very routine. Over time, the implant will fuse to the jawbone. After it has properly fused, we’ll place a lifelike crown on top of the implant that’s custom-made to match the rest of the teeth.
Our Dental Implant Replacement Solutions
Dental implants aren’t only capable of replacing one tooth either – they can be used to replace multiple teeth as well. At Smilehaven Dental Center, we’re able to provide a wide variety of tooth replacement solutions that include:
- Single tooth replacement
- Anterior replacement
- Posterior replacement
- Full upper replacement
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer many benefits, including the following:
- Dental implants will look, feel, and perform the exact same as your other teeth.
- You’ll still be able to eat whatever you like.
- Dental implants are the only tooth restoration option that will both preserve your jawbone and help stimulate bone growth.
- Because a dental implant is inserted into the jawbone, it won’t cause any damage to the surrounding teeth.
- Implants won’t negatively affect your speech.
Taking Care of Your Dental Implants
One of the other great things about dental implants is that they need the exact same maintenance that the rest of your teeth do. This is important though; you’ll still need to brush them and floss them along with your other teeth. A lack of proper oral care can cause your gums to swell and your jawbone to start receding. If your jawbone begins to recede, this can weaken the implants and potentially even create the need for the implant to be eventually removed. We recommend that you come in at least twice a year to ensure the health of both your teeth and your implants. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime!
Contact Your San Diego and La Mesa Cosmetic Dentist Today!
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants or our holistic dentistry, we encourage you to contact us. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (619) 464-2801 or fill out our online appointment request form. We hope to hear from you soon!