Dental Implants Vista
If you are missing one tooth, two or more teeth in a row, your missing teeth are spread out across an arch, or you are completely edentulous (missing all of your teeth), dental implants may be for you. Dental implants can also be used to stabilize dentures and other removable prosthesis. If you are embarrassed by missing teeth, ask Dr. Amiri about dental implants. Whether you want to replace one tooth after an extraction, two teeth in different areas of your mouth, or all of your teeth for a brand new smile, we will create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
What Are Dental Implants?
The closest prosthetic replacement to a natural tooth, dental implants consist of a titanium post and a dental crown. The titanium post is surgically placed into your jawbone and acts as the root of your tooth. The post is then topped with a dental crown. Dr. Amiri places and restores dental implants one by one, so you can replace as few or as many teeth as you need.
When you choose dental implants, you will first visit an oral surgeon for the post surgery. Your surgeon will take digital X-rays of your oral structure to accurately map out the placement points for your dental implants. The surgeon will numb the area and surgically implant the titanium posts into your jawbone. Over the course of two to four months, the posts will fuse to your jawbone while the surgery site heals. The posts act as replacement “roots.” Once you are fully healed, you will visit our office. Dr. Amiri will then top your posts with permanent crowns to complete the dental implant for a fully functional tooth and a beautiful finish.
What Are the Benefits?
Choosing dental implants is a big investment in the future health and function of your mouth. When deciding which restorative treatment is best for you, consider the following:
- Implants are sturdy, long-lasting prosthetics that outlive other options, such as bridges or dentures.
- Implants replace your roots, providing a physical placeholder within your jawbone and preventing the deterioration of surrounding bone, as well as the shifting of remaining teeth.
- Implants are self-contained, and do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. This is often significant when attempting to preserve weak surrounding teeth, or when you have several missing teeth in a row.
- Dental implants do not move. Much like your natural teeth, they allow for comfortable eating and speaking.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you are missing one or several teeth and desire a permanent solution, you are a good candidate for dental implants. However, because dental implants require the support of your jawbone, Dr. Amiri will need to verify that your bone is dense and strong enough. If your jawbone is too weak or brittle, we will discuss alternative solutions so you can still achieve the beautiful, functional smile you deserve.