Dental Implants
Dr. Janette Larsen D.M.D. dental implants san diego ca

Dental implants have become your best option if you are missing a tooth, several teeth, or even if you are missing all of your teeth.  They not only look just like your natural teeth, they function and feel just like them.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial root that is then typically covered with a porcelain crown.  There are two main components to this treatment;  the surgical installation of the metal implant, and the restoration of the dental surface.

The surgical phase is performed by a dental specialist, typically a periodentist or oral surgeon.  The implant, or root replacement, is precisely placed in your jawbone and the gum sealed around the site.  This implant and the bone fuse together during the 3 to 6-month healing process.  This process is called osseo-integration and it firmly anchors the implant to the bone structure.  Now the restoration can begin.

The restorative phase involves taking an impression and having the dental lab make a custom abutment and the porcelain crown.  The custom abutment attaches to the implant and provides the substructure for the porcelain crown.  The resulting restoration will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.  Unlike traditional dentures or bridge restorations, the implant securely holds the replacement tooth independent from adjoining teeth.

Best Alternative to Traditional Dentures

The most recent use of dental implants is the retention of complete dentures.  For a patient missing all of their teeth, it is not necessary to place an implant for every missing tooth.  Each case is different.  Dr. Larsen will assess your condition, your gums and jaw bone and design a solution that will provide the stability you desire.  This may be as few as two implants on each arch.  The more implants that are placed, the greater stability and retention that is achieved.