In today’s world, it’s easy to lose a tooth from an injury, an illness or tooth decay. Where it used to be difficult to have a replacement tooth made, the process is now fairly simple. At The Art of Dentistry, we are proud to offer dental implants in San Diego, CA to those who want the confidence that comes from a healthy smile.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
To be considered a good candidate for implants, you should have good oral and overall health. To support the implant, the patient must have enough bone in the jaw, and healthy gums free of gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Those who smoke, have had radiation therapy on the neck or head, have uncontrolled diabetes or those that take medications for autoimmune disease may be disqualified for receiving implants. The best way to determine if a dental implant is the right treatment choice for you is to set up a consultation with your dentist.
Patients are typically given pain medication and antibiotics before the treatment. The first step is for the doctor to make a small cut in the gums that exposes the bone. A hole is then drilled in the jawbone where the implant will be placed. The gums are then stitched closed over the implant.
You may need to return to the doctor 7-10 days after the initial procedure to have the stitches removed. After this, there is a waiting period where the implant and the bone will bond. For these few months, the implant is hidden under the gums. Once this bonding is complete, the cut is reopened, and a healing cap is placed over the original hole. After that, the bridge, denture or crown can be placed on top of the implant.
A Healthy Smile, A Better You
If you have missing teeth that affect the way you feel about yourself, dental implants in San Diego, CA are an extremely successful way to regain the confidence you deserve. Your smile is the first thing people see when they meet you, and at Art of Dentistry, Drs. Addleson, Campbell, and Landau can help you be proud of yours. Call us today at (619) 268-6560 or schedule online to make an appointment.