Dental trauma or tooth decay can result in missing teeth, which impacts function as well as the beautiful aesthetics of your smile. At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics, our focus is on restoring both the beauty and functionality of your teeth. We provide custom dental implants to replace missing teeth, giving you a natural, healthy smile. Your needs are our priority, and we ensure that the procedure meets your oral health, time frame, and budget expectations.
Long-term tooth loss can result in the deterioration of bone density in the jawline, which can lead to a change in the shape and functionality of the jaw. In many cases, this change creates an aged appearance. Dental implants are placed within the bone, helping to stimulate the growth process that maintains bone density.
Structural weakening of the jawline can impair your ability and comfort when it comes to chewing and swallowing. Dental implants act like natural teeth, and the majority of people find that they don’t have to alter their diets or eating habits because of their implants.
Unlike other cosmetic corrections for missing teeth, dental implants provide a long-lasting smile correction. The implants are crafted from highly durable products that aren’t prone to chipping or discoloration, and with proper care, implants last for years.
Your dental implant process begins with a consultation to determine if it is the best course of treatment for your needs. Dr. Kohani uses a detailed 3D digital CT scan of your jaw to determine if it is strong enough to hold the implants.
The implant and crown are placed during two separate visits. During the first stage of your procedure, a titanium implant is screwed into the jawbone through a small incision, and a temporary covering is put in place.
Several months will pass between the implant and crown placement to provide time for osseointegration. During this process, your bone grows around the titanium implant, helping to secure it in place. After this healing period, your artificial crown is created.
Custom-made crowns are placed on the implant once the area has fully healed. The crowns we create are made of a durable ceramic capable of sustaining high pressure; additionally, the crowns are of similar shape and color to your surrounding teeth in order to preserve the natural aesthetic of your smile. The crown is secured to the connecting piece and cemented into place.
You will be on a soft food or liquid diet for several days following the placement of your dental implant. The full osseointegration process can take anywhere from two to four months.
An anesthetic is used during the procedure to minimize surgical pain. Afterward, you may experience some discomfort, such as bruising of the gums, pain at the implant site, and minor bleeding. This pain can be managed with pain medication.
The precise cost of dental implants varies according to individual needs and the extent of correction required. Some insurance companies may cover a portion of the expense. Dr. Kohani will be happy to provide you with a detailed price quote during your consultation.
Maintaining your smile after receiving dental implants depends on the quality of your personal dental hygiene habits. While dental implants are highly durable, you can care for your results and oral health by doing the following:
Before and after photos are a great way for you, the patient, to get a realistic view of the results we provide at La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics.
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If required, Dr. Kohani can implement a pre-treatment bone grafting procedure to return your jaw to a stronger state.
Dr. Kohani stains the ceramic material to match your natural tooth color.
Jawbone loss is a natural result of losing a tooth. However, dental implants fuse directly to the jawbone, which is stimulated with chewing. This stimulation prevents bone loss. Other methods of tooth restoration do not provide this stimulation, which is why bone loss continues to occur with dentures or a dental bridge.
After the placement of the implant, a temporary tooth may be worn over the implant until the final crown is attached.
Full mouth dental implants are used to replace up to twelve teeth in the upper jaw and lower jaw. This whole process takes about 16 weeks, and it is recommended that you replace both upper and lower jaw at the same time to reduce the cost and number of appointments. Your mouth will heal, and full function is restored resulting in the smile of your dreams.
If you are ready to see how your smile can improve with Dr. Kohani, then contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics at 858-622-1007 and schedule a consultation. We’d love to hear from you, and we’re exciting to get started on bettering your oral health! Call our office today to learn more about what we offer.
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