Dental Implants
in San Diego, CA

If you’re struggling with tooth loss, you’re not only missing out on smiling. Your oral health, confidence, and overall well being can start to dwindle. With dental implants, you can eat, laugh, and talk with ease again, all while restoring your oral health.

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Dental Implants

Why should I choose Dental Implants?

Dental implants look and feel more natural and last longer than any other type of tooth replacement. They also help protect your jaw bone and keep your mouth healthy. Because of this, they're a fantastic investment in your long-term oral health, and are usually the best option if your mouth is healthy enough to accommodate an implant.

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Did you know…

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The first modern dental implant was installed into a patient’s jaw in 1965.

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Implants in the Esthetic Zone

We specialize in placing implants in the Esthetic Zone, also known as the front teeth. With our deep understanding of the nuances involved in achieving natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing results, we utilize advanced techniques and materials to deliver exceptional implant solutions that seamlessly blend with the surrounding teeth.

Precise Planning With CBCT

With CBCT, our skilled team can obtain detailed 3D images of the oral structures, enabling us to plan and execute procedures with exceptional precision.

Member of the Academy of Osseointegration

Dr. Peterson is a distinguished member of the Academy of Osseointegration, showcasing his commitment to excellence in the field of implant dentistry. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, he stays at the forefront of advancements in the field, ensuring our patients receive the highest standard of care and the most effective implant treatments available.

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The Benefits of Dental Implants

Implants Can Last A Lifetime

With proper care, dental implants can easily last 30+ years, and many patients will be able to keep them for the rest of their lives. This is much longer than other treatments like dentures or bridges, which require more frequent replacement.

Dental Implants Look & Feel Completely Natural

Your implant is built to work just like a real tooth. You don’t need to do anything special to care for it beyond brushing, flossing, and coming into our office for routine six-month teeth cleanings. You can smile, eat, and speak with confidence with an implant.

Your Implant Protects Your Oral Health

Dental implants prevent common issues after tooth loss, such as teeth shifting. Uniquely, they also protect your jaw bone. They stimulate the bone and prevent it from weakening over time. Other treatments like bridges and dentures don’t do this, so your jaw bone could continue to weaken over time.

The Dental Implant Process

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Dental Implant Placement

After you’re approved for an implant, you’ll come in for your surgery. Your oral surgeon will clean and numb your mouth, then create a small opening in your gums and jaw. They will place a small titanium implant into this area. Then, they’ll sanitize the surgical site, suture it shut, and send you home to rest and recover.

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Recovery & Building Your Restoration

It takes 1-2 weeks to heal from your initial surgery, but it will take up to 3-6 months for your bone to heal around the implant. You’ll come in for a few follow-ups during this time so that your oral surgeon can check your progress and begin making your implant restoration, such as a dental crown.

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Final Restoration Placement

Once your dental implant has fully healed, you’ll come back for one final appointment. Your oral surgeon will check your restoration to make sure it fits perfectly onto your implant, and make any final adjustments. Then, they will attach it permanently to your implant, and you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Single tooth implants are the most-frequently used dental implant and are made up of two main parts. The first is the dental implant, which is a titanium rod with a screw-like shape. The second part is the dental crown, or restoration, which will be attached to the titanium rod. This dental crown reinstates the shape, function, and appearance of your natural tooth. Unlike a partial denture, single-tooth implants are extremely durable and never move or shift.

All-on-4® implants are great for patients who are looking to replace an entire arch of teeth. By using just 4 implants, your entire upper or lower set of teeth can be replaced in as little as one appointment. All-on-4® is more permanent and natural-looking than dentures, and usually costs less than replacing each tooth individually.

Titanium dental implants are made in trusted laboratories that supply a wide selection of pre-selected standard post sizes. The restoration, on the other hand, is a custom-made appliance. This ensures each patient gets a result that meets their exact needs. Your doctor will either make your dental implant in-house using a milling machine, or they will send detailed impressions or models to a partner lab.

This lab will create a long-lasting, resilient dental implant restoration just for you. Most crowns are crafted out of porcelain which is durable and looks uniquely similar to tooth enamel. Once the crown is ready, the lab will send it back to our office, and we will complete the procedure by securely attaching your implant crown in place.

When placed properly and maintained with care, dental implants can last for 30 years or more. In fact, It’s quite common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.

The implant restoration, however, may not last as long. Restorations such as dental crowns or overdentures take on regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more. After time, the restoration may need to be replaced to keep your smile healthy and functional. By coming in for regular exams, your doctor can check to ensure your restoration is in good condition.

Yes, dental implants can become infected, but this is a very rare complication. This type of infection is known as “peri-implantitis,” and usually only occurs if the implant is not kept clean or is not properly cared for after surgery.

Follow your doctor’s instructions while recovering, and be sure to brush and floss regularly after your implant has healed to avoid peri-implantitis and maintain a healthy implant.

Yes. After losing a tooth, your jaw will no longer be stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. This causes bone loss to occur and also weakens the jaw bone.

When the dental implant post is placed, it will bond directly into the jaw bone and act as an artificial tooth root. This titanium “tooth root” transmits the force of chewing and biting through the dental crown and into your jaw bone just like a real tooth would, keeping it healthy and strong.

In some cases, you may be able to get an implant in just one day, depending on the type of implant you will be receiving. In these cases, the restoration your doctor provides will be a temporary appliance to keep your tooth healthy and functional until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. With your temporary restoration, you’ll be able to speak and eat normally during the healing process.

Your doctor will schedule a series of follow-up appointments to track your healing process and take impressions or models of your teeth. These impressions or models will help the lab create your custom-made restoration. Your permanent restoration will be durable and more natural-looking than your temporaries. We recommend coming in for a consultation to see what type of dental implant might work best for you.