Expert Dental Implant Surgery with Amazing Results
Restore Your Quality of Life
You Have Multiple Tooth Replacement Options
Most patients are aware that if they have missing teeth, dental bridges and conventional dentures are the default solution. But bridges require adjacent healthy teeth to be present and permanently modified to act as the foundation. Dentures often become loose and slip when you eat, speak, or even smile and can cause gagging or sores on the gums. Ultimately, both solutions can’t offer the bone stimulation needed to maintain a healthy jawbone or the restored function you need to eat a varied diet. Dental implants are the modern solution designed to meet these needs and more.
Securely fixed to your jawbone, dental implants return over 98% of natural biting and chewing power. They can replace one tooth, a row of teeth, or a complete arch of missing teeth using either single implants and crowns or a combination of dental implants and a custom, natural-looking bridge of teeth. In all cases, dental implants make it possible to eat comfortably with durable teeth, feel confident in a complete smile, improve your oral and physical health, and live an overall better quality of life. For this reason, implants are one of the preferred solutions for replacing any number of missing teeth.
Three Steps to a New Smile
Step 1: Consultation
Most of our patients either come to us ready for dental implants or can become candidates after a few initial treatments. Your dental implant treatment plan will be unique to you; there’s no one-size-fits-all approach here. We’ll determine the best path forward by learning your smile goals and assessing your dental and medical health as part of your consultation with our oral surgeon in San Clemente, CA. During that visit, you’ll also receive an examination, and we’ll review imaging of your treatment site. These are typically taken with a CBCT machine for an in-depth look at your jawbone health. We’ll provide a detailed review of your treatment plan and walk you through what to expect along each step of this process. Before you leave, we’ll schedule your next visit for your dental implant surgery.
Step 2: Dental Implant Surgery
Your appointment begins with gentle administration of anesthesia. Licensed to administer IV sedation as well as general anesthesia, our oral surgeon will keep you pain-free and comfortable. If you require preliminary treatments including tooth extractions or bone grafting, our oral surgeon is often able to provide these in the same appointment. We only use high-quality dental implants from leading manufacturers so we can ensure the longevity of your treatment. In certain cases you may be able to receive an immediate replacement tooth or teeth. In this case, you’ll be able to return home with a fully functional and complete smile.
Step 3: Final Smile
It may take three months or more to heal completely. During that period, your implants will permanently bond with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. It’s this bond with the biocompatible implant posts that offer the security and function dental implants are known for. After you’ve healed, you’ll be able to receive your final restorations. We often recommend porcelain or zirconia material for your fixed teeth due to its incredible strength and natural look and feel. These teeth will be customized to you, complimenting the shade of remaining healthy teeth for a seamless smile. With dental implants, you won't be embarrassed when you laugh, speak or smile and you will never have trouble eating again!
Why See an Oral Surgeon?
Receiving dental implants can significantly benefit your daily life as well as your health. But before you commit to treatment, make sure you see an implant surgeon you can trust. Although some general dentists have the experience to place dental implants, they haven’t had the specialized training that oral and maxillofacial surgeons have to treat any case with ease and efficiency. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have specific training in implant surgery and anesthesia, but they also have medical training. That means our team welcomes even those with pre-existing medical conditions and those in need of complex care that many dentists turn away. We frequently see patients with advanced bone loss, severe dental anxiety, and facial trauma. We welcome you to learn more about our experienced oral surgeon in San Clemente, CA to see how our specialized care can transform your oral health, overall health, and quality of life.