For a long time, if a patient wanted to replace their missing teeth, their only options were restorations that sat on top of the gums. While these certainly helped with aesthetics, the lack of a tooth root inevitably made them less stable than real teeth and more likely to shift and break down. Dental implants in Poway, CA are the answer to this longstanding problem. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone that act as artificial tooth roots, and these provide a stable foundation for the new teeth. Implants offer the next best thing to real teeth, and at Poway Valley Dental Group, Dr. Sepe has already used them to rebuild countless smiles. If you’re ready to put your tooth loss behind you permanently, contact us today for a consultation.
Because dental implants have the same root-crown structure and are held within the jawbone just like natural teeth, they offer a number of benefits you just can’t get with traditional bridges and dentures:
If you are interested in getting dental implants, the entire process will start with Dr. Sepe giving you an exam. He’ll primarily be looking at your jawbone to make sure it is strong enough to support the new roots. Once this is confirmed, implants can be used in a variety of ways to renew the smile:
Instead of placing a bridge, which requires the healthy teeth on either side of the missing one to be reshaped to hold the new tooth, a single implant connected to a crown can be positioned within the smile without altering the nearby dental structure at all.
Traditional prosthetics like multi-tooth bridges and partial dentures can be attached to the jawbone using dental implants to help them always stay in place. This is a much more cost-effective option versus replacing multiple teeth with individual implants.
Tired of your denture moving around all the time? We can stabilize your prosthetic by connecting it to just six to eight implants placed along your jaw, and if needed, we can provide you with a completely new denture as well. Implant-retained dentures are smaller but stronger than removable ones, and they also help patients recover much more of their bite strength.
For many patients, bone loss in the jaw associated with tooth loss makes them ineligible to get regular dental implants, but that’s where mini implants can help. Their reduced size enables them to remain stable even within thin bone while still providing an extremely firm foundation for a denture.
This procedure involves placing just four implants into the jawbone and then immediately attaching them to a full denture. In just one appointment, a patient can recover an entire row of teeth and dramatically improve their oral function. For patients, the difference before and after this treatment is life changing.
Most dentists have to refer their patients to a specialist in order to have their implant roots surgically placed, but Dr. Sepe is able to perform this procedure himself, plus he can attach the new teeth as well. This one-stop approach helps patients save time and money while rebuilding their smiles, plus they can have the peace of mind of working with the same trusted dentist and team throughout every step of the process.
There is no fixed price for dental implants because the procedure is always personalized based on the needs of a patient. The overall cost can be affected by the number of teeth missing, the condition of a patient’s jawbone, and which type of restoration is needed. While implants tend to cost more upfront compared to other treatments, they are an investment that’s intended to last for decades, which usually helps patients save money compared to prosthetics that have to be replaced every few years.