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Missing teeth can be an embarrassing eyesore. That’s why we have dental implants.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can allow you to regain normal function and be able to confidently show off a nice smile once again. At 6th Avenue Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we care about how your teeth look and function, and we want them to do both as much as possible.

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.

How are implants used?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium objects placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The jawbone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the new tooth. They are the go-to permanent solution for missing teeth, and they can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

That can’t be said of dentures or bridges — the things we relied on in the past when teeth were lost. Dental implants do not need to be removed like dentures, sparing you the embarrassment of having to remove dentures before eating. Implants don’t rely on other teeth for placement, like a bridge, and they do not impact speech or eating.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Does the Procedure Work?
Unfortunately, you can’t walk out of a quick visit to the periodontist with dental implants. They must be surgically placed into the jawbone, and this typically requires a pair of procedures typically spread over six to eight months. It will require some care on your part to ensure the implant will remain in place as it should, but implants are well worth it for most patients due to the lasting benefits.
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 six 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.
Are There Other Options?
Yes. There is a newer method that can have you walking out of our downtown San Diego office with a fully functioning implant after an hour-long procedure. Known as TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™, this new technology allows for a computer-guided implant surgery that typically results in less swelling, aching, bruising and post-operative discomfort.
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.

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