Tooth Replacement

Tooth Replacement

The older we become, the more our teeth are able to experience possible damage, and whether by natural aging, dental trauma or tooth decay, one or more teeth can go missing over time. But rather than dwell on the reasons why your teeth went missing, it’s more important to consider your next steps. The sooner you replace and restore your missing teeth, the healthier your dentition becomes, and at La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics in La Jolla, San Diego, we provide both dental implants and dentures to help you regain a natural-looking and healthy smile. Dr. Kohani works with each of his patients to determine the treatment method that works best for the structure of the teeth, oral health, timeframe and budget.

Tooth Replacement Types

  • Dental implantsA dental implant consists of a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone as well as an artificial ceramic crown that is placed atop the implant to create a natural tooth replacement. The procedure is capable of replacing one or more missing teeth and can can be completed in a matter of two or three appoints over a period of several months.

    The titanium implant acts as a natural tooth root while the ceramic crown provides the protective enamel-like qualities that allow you to chew and bite down properly. The result is an artificial tooth that functions exactly as a natural tooth would; the ceramic crown can even be stained to match your enamel’s natural coloring. You can speak, chew and eat just as you would with natural teeth as well as practice regular oral hygiene without having to remove any dental hardware.

  • DenturesA denture takes the form of a dental arch, which works well for people who are missing several teeth. Full or partial dentures can be created depending on the number of teeth you have missing, and the appliance is completely customized to fit your jaw’s alignment. Impressions are taken of your mouth that create the basis for your dentures as well as a bite analysis, which tells Dr. Kohani exactly how you bite down. Your dentures essentially rest on top of your natural gum line and look completely natural.

    Like the ceramic crowns in dental implants, your dentures are also stained to mach your natural tooth enamel, and in some cases the dental arch itself can be secured into place using four or six dental implants. Wearing an implant-supported denture improves the security of the denture and keeps it from falling out of place while eating or speaking. Your oral hygiene routine will change slightly with your new dentures, but your appearance and confidence will improve when you receive a new set of teeth that can increases your quality of life.

Feel free to browse through our procedure pages about dental implants and dentures, and if you would like more information about the restorative options that we offer, contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics at 858-295-0603 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kohani. With a dental examination and a discussion of your cosmetic goals, we can determine which restoration method will work best for you.