Possibly the most exciting advance in dentistry over the past few decades is the development of the dental implant. Dental implants look, feel and function like natural healthy teeth. These tooth replacements are permanently anchored in the jawbone and they support beautiful crowns or bridges, or they can support upper or lower dentures. They are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.
Dr. Ray Carpenter has been offering dental implants in Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch and the surrounding San Diego areas since they were first introduced. He has extensive training and experience in implant dentistry, and would be happy to sit down with you to discuss the advantages of these tooth replacements.
Dental Implants at a Glance
- Attractive, permanent solution to tooth loss
- Look great and function well
- Fixed in the mouth for complete comfort and security
- Custom-designed to match the visual characteristics of natural surrounding teeth
- Improve long-term oral health and prevent problems related to missing teeth
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Replacing a missing tooth is critically important to promoting the health and integrity of the remaining teeth, the way the teeth fit together, the jawbone and the facial structures.
Missing teeth make it difficult to chew, speak and smile normally. Tooth loss is often linked to a decrease in confidence and can cause feelings of stress and anxiety. But there are other problems, too.
When a tooth falls out, the underlying jawbone does not have the support or stimulation it needs. As a result, the bone starts to waste away; this can cause the rest of the teeth to become loose and fall out, and it can lead to the collapse of the facial features.
Another complication of tooth loss is that the surrounding teeth can start to drift into the space, becoming misaligned. This makes it more difficult to keep the natural teeth clean, and it increases the chances of developing gum disease, and possibly jaw joint problems.
Dr. Carpenter, a Rancho Bernardo dental implants expert, can prevent all of these problems from occurring and give you a beautiful smile!
The Dental Implant Placement Process
Dental implants must be planned and placed precisely to function predictably and properly.
Dr. Carpenter uses cone beam scanning technology, which is a three-dimensional radiographic scanner, to look at the jawbone and determine whether it is strong enough to support an implant post (if the jawbone is insufficient, bone grafting options can be explored).
Dr. Carpenter also selects the types of restorations that will be best. He works closely with the implant surgeons and the laboratory to achieve long lasting and beautiful results. Your dental implant will be constructed to match your surrounding teeth in size, shape and color.
The first step to placing implants is to surgically place the implant post in the jawbone. Once in position, the implant post fuses with the jawbone, becoming part of the bone’s anatomy. A temporary crown is placed over the top of the implant while the post heals.
Once the post has fused with the jawbone, the top is uncovered and the temporary restoration is removed. Dr. Carpenter affixes the permanent restoration to the implant post and checks it against the bite. Any last-minute adjustments can be made for fit or comfort.
Dental implants should be cleaned just like natural teeth, and checked twice a year by Dr. Carpenter. With the proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Schedule a Dental Implants Consultation
If you would like to discuss replacing a tooth with a dental implant Rancho Bernardo dentist Ray Carpenter welcomes you to schedule an informational consultation. Call (858) 487-2301 or email our office today to make your appointment.