What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. Made of the biocompatible metal titanium, dental implants are integrated into your jaw bone, providing a firm anchor for restorations such as dental crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Can I get dental implants?
Most adults who have lost one or more teeth are candidates for dental implants. We will evaluate your oral health and see if it is good enough for dental implants. If not, we will provide care to achieve healthy conditions that promote the integration of dental implants. Talk to your doctor about whether your health is good enough for surgery, but otherwise there is no age limit on dental implants. Some people get them in their 90s!
Of course, the only way to know for sure if you’re a candidate for dental implants in San Diego is to be evaluated by an implant dentist. Please call (619) 299-5925 or email us for an appointment at Strober Dental.
I’m a smoker. Can I still get dental implants?
Smokers have a much higher risk of failure. We recommend that you quit smoking at least during the recovery period, and preferably for life. As a previous smoker, though, you will still have an elevated risk of implant failure.
How successful are dental implants?
Dental implants have a very high success rate, about 95-98%. Risk factors like being a smoker, having diabetes, having chronic gum disease, and taking certain medications may lower your odds of success with dental implants.
I’ve been told I don’t have enough bone to support dental implants. What can be done?
There are many solutions if you don’t have enough bone for dental implants right away. A bone graft can be used to build up bone in your jaw. Precise placement of implants, angled implants, zygomatic implants, and even mini implants are other options to let you get tooth replacement when you have less bone.
We have no reason to believe that dental implants can’t last forever with proper care and maintenance. A recent study showed that about 93% of dental implants last 17 years or more, with about 60% of failures occurring during the first year after placement. Individuals have had their implants for nearly 50 years.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Basically, caring for dental implants is the same as caring for your natural teeth. Brush, floss, and make your regular dental checkups. You should use a little extra care brushing and flossing around the implant because the gums are more sensitive and we might recommend more checkups, but otherwise there is no difference in care.
What is the dental implant process like?
We may extract teeth and place dental implants during the same procedure. After your dental implant is placed, we will evaluate whether you can or should get a dental crown or other restoration placed on your implant on that day.
Whether or not you get a dental crown on your implant, your implant needs time to heal so that it can fully integrate with your jawbone. We will give you care instructions and request frequent follow-ups during this three to six month process.
When your implant is fully healed, you will get the final restoration placed.
Dental implants are a custom procedure and it’s impossible for us to give a reasonable estimate without first evaluating your situation. The factors that affect the cost of your implants include:
- The number of implants necessary
- The style of implant necessary
- The type of restoration used
- Complexity of the implant procedure
- Supplemental procedures such as extractions, bone grafts, and gum disease treatment