Replacing missing teeth can be simple and effective, without the drawbacks that are commonly associated with more traditional options like fixed bridges an removable partial dentures. Our dentist in San Diego is fully qualified and experienced in the placement of dental implants, at the cutting edge of advancements in full-tooth restorations. Here at Hurst Dental Care, we want you to have a full set of teeth, to smile with confidence, and to chew efficiently.
Are you a good candidate for dental implants? Most people are, but there are a few qualifications. Chief among them is that your jaw bone, which holds the implant post in places, needs to be thick and strong enough. Even if it isn’t, thanks to bone grafting procedures, you can still benefit from what implants have to offer. Once you have been cleared to get dental implants, the first step is to surgically place a cylindrical titanium post into your jaw. This serves an essential function, replacing your old tooth’s root. As a foundation for your prosthetic tooth, the post is integral. But it also preserves your normal facial contours and keeps your bone and gum tissue from atrophying. Over several months, your jaw bone will grow around the post and fuse with it. This bond is secure and reliable. It is then that our dentist in San Diego will put a tooth-colored crown on top of the post and cement one to the other.
The result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and acts just like one of your natural ones does. You can eat anything you want, smile, and speak with full without any concern. And a dental implant won’t ever decay, need root canal therapy, or have to be extracted. Unlike a fixed bridge, your other teeth remain unaffected by a dental implant. And unlike removable partial dentures, you won’t have to use messy dental adhesive to keep an implant from moving. Brush it and floss between it and your other teeth as you would normally. And with proper care, there is every reason to believe that an implant from our dentist in San Diego can last you for a lifetime.