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Dental Implants Escondido

Illustration of dental implantOur dental implant specialist, Dr. James Mahooti, has had years of experience and training in this state-of-the-art tooth replacement option. You won’t need to be referred to another practitioner. The entire procedure, from start to finish, can be completed with our team. Dental implants are an ideal option to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or anchor a denture on. With so many applications, there are numerous situations in which they’re appropriate. It acts as a natural root with a specially coated surface to attract bone cells, ensuring a seamless fit into your jaw.

The Step-By-Step Procedure

Receiving a dental implant takes place over two to three visits depending on your situation. If a tooth must be extracted or you need a bone graft, an extra appointment is required for that procedure. We can then proceed to the next step. The implant is placed into the jaw bone. About 2-4 months is usually required for healing time. Meanwhile, we can place a temporary restoration onto the implant so that you have a natural smile. After the healing period has passed, we can place your permanent restoration onto the implant. Your dental implant can be treated as a natural tooth, with regular cleanings at home and by our dental team. Though the tooth may not be real, the risk for periodontal disease still exists, making oral hygiene habits of utmost importance.

Keeping You Comfortable

If you have any concern about the procedure, we can start with nitrous oxide to help you feel better. We utilize conscious oral sedation for the placement of dental implants, which relieves any anxiety and has an amnesia effect so that you won’t remember the procedure.

Making Space for Your Implant

If you have a missing tooth, the bone will shrink away over time. As this process happens, your gums shrink toward the sinuses above your teeth. The result is that there isn’t enough length in the bone to place your implant, with the implant being longer than the space to place it in. We can then complete a sinus lift, moving the sinus up and placing a bone graft. After 3-4 months’ healing time, your implant can be placed.

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to better help our patients make the right decision for them, we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions that we hear often. Should you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

How much do dental implants cost?

The price of a dental implant varies depending on how many you need and the type of material used. When you visit us for your consultation, we’ll be able to examine your unique needs and let you know an estimated cost for care. We always want to be upfront with any financials related to your treatment—there will never be any hidden fees with us.

How long will my dental implant last?

With proper care, dental implants are made to be very long lasting—in fact, your implant may last upwards of 10 years. Of course, you’ll need to continue to brush and floss your teeth, as well as take care of your gums and continue to visit us for regular appointments. These things will help to ensure your implants last as long as possible.

Are dental implants safe?

Absolutely. Dental implants are safe and effective treatments for restoring your smile to what it once was. We use the latest techniques and advanced technology to ensure a positive result with your care plan.

Do dental implants look like my other teeth?

We often hear from patients that their family members and friends can’t even tell the difference between the implant and their natural teeth! Dental implants are designed to look and function just as your natural teeth. We recommend not biting hard items or tearing things open with your teeth to ensure longevity of the implant—the same things that can chip your natural teeth can harm a dental implant. Your implant will also be color matched to your natural teeth.

Will my insurance pay for dental implants?

Without knowing the details of your dental insurance, it’s difficult to say whether or not implants are covered under your plan. When you visit us for an appointment, we’ll be happy to check your benefits for you and provide you with an accurate cost estimate for care.

Should I bring someone to my appointment with me?

If you’d like to bring a friend or family member to your consultation or treatment visit, you’re absolutely welcome to. It can help to have a friend drive you home after the implant has been fitted or placed if the use of any light anesthetic was used.

Financial Information

Dental implants may be covered by your insurance. If not, we’ll be happy to discuss payment plans with you. Contact us today to find out more about dental implants Escondido!

Dental Implants Escondido | (760) 746-2559