in San Diego, CA
There’s no shame in losing a tooth. About 64% of people ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth due to an accident, serious decay or another cause, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. By the time we reach the age of 74, one in four of us has no teeth at all.
In addition to these benefits, dental implants can also help preserve facial structure by preventing bone deterioration that can occur when a tooth is missing. For all of these reasons, dental implants are the recommended option when most patients lose a tooth.
In the first procedure, the implants are placed within your jawbone and left to bond together fully. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person. For the next three to five months after the procedure, you will likely need to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet. During this time, we are designing the final attachment that will be placed once it is secure.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the necessary posts or attachments can be connected, and the replacements are then placed over the posts. A new tooth has essentially been created and affixed to your jaw like the rest of your teeth.
From this point on, you can think of it as a real tooth. It will likely be with you for the rest of your life. That gap in your teeth is gone forever.
Developed by Nobel Biocare, TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ boasts its minimal impact on patients as one of its strongest points. Unlike the traditional implant process, which can take several visits over the course of more than six months, patients may even be able to resume their normal activities the next day after the TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ procedure.
The process requires a CAT scan of the jawbone, which is used to create a 3-D model that is used by computer software to plan the procedure. The result? A more accurate implant procedure that requires substantially less time on the patient’s part. Most of the work is already done by the time you arrive for your appointment for the TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ procedure.