Dental Implants in La Mesa, CA - Randall Stettler, DDS - Near San Diego
If you are in the San Diego / La Mesa area and are missing any of your natural teeth, you may want to consider dental implants. They are modern dentistry’s solution to tooth replacement without the need for traditional dentures.
Dental implants are titanium tooth root replacements which provide a lasting anchor for permanent replacement teeth, which are specially crafted to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
• Durability: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
• Aesthetics: Implants improve your smile and with it your confidence.
• Function: Dental implants fully restore your ability to bite, chew, and speak naturally
• Preservation: Implants preserve bone and reduce resorption and deterioration that can result in a loss of jawbone structure known as resorption
The cost for dental implants depends on the extensiveness of the procedure an individual patient may require. Influencing factors include such considerations as the number of teeth you need replaced and the number of implants you need to support them. Patients in the San Diego area are encouraged to schedule an examination at our La Mesa dental office to determine whether they are a suitable candidate for dental implants. If so, Dr. Stettler will work out a cost estimate for you based your individual needs.
Although dental implants are an effective, long-lasting solution for tooth replacement, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. While age is not a factor in determining whether dental implants would be right for you, other factors such as your overall health and the availability of bone structure to support implants may preclude you from being a candidate for this type of treatment. At your initial assessment, Dr. Stettler will review your personal medical history to determine whether dental implants are the optimal tooth replacement option for you.
Implants vs. Bridge/Dentures
The advantages of having dental implants over traditional dentures or a bridges are many. For instance, dental implants do not merely allow for replacement teeth. They actually provide a root structure which prevents your jaws from shrinking and causing the appearance of premature aging. Since they are permanent even you may not be able to distinguish dental implants from your own natural teeth. This is especially true since they allow you to eat and drink whatever you wish with a near natural chewing capacity.
Most importantly however is the fact that dental implants protect your healthy teeth whereas bridges may require your adjacent natural teeth to be ground down. With dental implants you retain full functionality of your natural, healthy teeth.
The first step in the dental implant process is an assessment with your dentist to determine a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.
To begin the treatment your dentist will make x-rays and impressions of your teeth and jaws to determine the availability of tissue and spacing available for an implant. Then you will schedule an appointment to have the tooth root surgically placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. Then, over a period of up to six months, the jawbone will heal around the root implant causing it to become securely anchored.
Next, your dentist will install posts which will eventually be used to anchor your replacement tooth. Around this same time, artificial teeth will be created based on a model of your bite.
The final step is when your replacement teeth are attached to the post. You will then begin to enjoy the stability and comfort which dental implants are renowned for.
If you’re ready to restore your teeth to full functionality and your smile to its intended beauty and are in the Grossmont / La Mesa area give our dental office a call at 619-463-4486. You may also fill out our convenient request form to schedule your consultation. Our team at Grossmont Dental is looking forward to giving you your smile back.