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People lose teeth for several reasons, the most common being due to severe gum disease or a large cavity.  Some people never grow certain adult teeth!  If you are missing one tooth or several, dental implants offer the most natural and permanent solution to restore you smile.  Dental implants can be used as a solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth and for stabilizing dentures. As a board certified periodontist in San Diego and having placed hundreds of implants, Dr. Tina Beck is an expert in this procedure.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small post that can be placed in the upper or lower jaw to serve as a replacement for the root portion of a missing tooth. Because of the biocompatible properties of the titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone to become a solid anchor for the replacement tooth that goes on top of it (called a dental implant restoration or abutment and crown).  Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.  They can even help secure a denture by providing unparalleled retention and stability, allowing you to talk and chew with confidence.

Video: Watch our 3D animation video for a detailed explanation on the differences between bridges and dental implants.

What are The Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dr. Beck recommends dental implants to patients who have loose, missing, or diseased teeth for one main reason—they are the best tooth-replacement option on the market. This advanced solution offers men and women a truly improved life through many benefits, including: 

They are Permanent

Because dental implants are surgically placed directly into the jawbone, they are a permanent tooth-replacement option.

They Completely Restore Oral Function

Patients fully regain their ability to eat and speak as they did when they had healthy natural teeth.

They Look Like Natural Teeth and are Aesthetically Pleasing

Dental implants are the most natural-looking tooth-replacement system on the market, and they allow patients to smile with confidence once again.

They Stimulate The Jawbone, Which Keeps it Healthy and Strong

jawbone stimulation is vital to a healthy mouth. By providing stimulation, patients will be able to maintain their jawbone shape, which keeps their face shape intact as well.

They are Easy To Care For

Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth, meaning you will only need to brush and floss twice daily, rinse with antibacterial mouthwash once a day, and visit your general dentist for regular check-ups.

They Do Not Have Any Dietary Restrictions

patients can eat anything they want when they choose dental implants. Unlike other tooth-replacement systems, which limit biting and chewing ability, dental implants allow you to eat like you did when you had natural teeth. 

Video: Watch our 3D animation video for a detailed explanation on what happens in your mouth when a single tooth is missing.

Am I a Dental Implant Candidate?

Most patients in San Diego are excellent implant candidates. During your consultation Dr. Beck will review any medications you may be taking as well as your overall health in order to identify and manage any potential complications.  Using our state-of-the-art 3-dimensional CT, we are able to evaluate the health of your jawbone and neighboring teeth to ensure your implant will remain healthy for many years to come.  We will help you develop a plan to reach your goal of restoring your bite so you can smile, talk, and chew with confidence.

Placement of dental implants

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What is the Dental Implants Recovery Process?

After dental implant surgery, the recovery process is fairly simple, as Dr. Beck uses only the latest, most minimally invasive technology available to encourage a speedy recovery. But because general anesthesia will be used during your procedure, you will be released to the care of a trusted friend or family member who can ensure you get safely home. Additionally, Dr. Beck will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions, which will aid in your recovery. Some of the post-operative instructions will include:

  • Do not disturb the wounds
  • Control minimal bleeding by biting down on gauze
  • Control minor swelling by applying ice packs to the cheeks
  • Stay hydrated
  • Take pain medication as directed by Dr. Beck
  • Take prescribed antibiotics to protect against infection
  • Maintain proper oral hygiene as directed through each stage of your recovery
  • Do not participate in any extreme exercise for at least one week after your surgery

If you experience excessive bleeding, swelling, or discomfort at any time, be sure to call Dr. Beck to discuss further steps.

How Much do Dental Implants Cost?

The price of implants can vary depending how many teeth need replaced, the current health of your bone and gum, and how long the tooth has been missing.  Because there are many things to consider when planning for dental implants, it is impossible to quote the exact cost without a consultation.  During your visit, we will perform a comprehensive evaluation, discuss all your options, and review all treatment costs so you know exactly how much your treatment will cost before starting.  We will also help you maximize any insurance benefits you may have and work with you to help you get the treatment you need.

Video: Watch Dr. Beck explain the factors included in the total cost of dental implants.

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

While the idea of dental surgery can be scary, have no fear.  Most San Diego patients experience very minimal discomfort afterwards and are often surprised by how easily they heal.  Many patients choose to have the procedure performed with just numbing the area, although we do offer options for sedation to help make your procedure worry-free.  Your comfort is our number one priority and we will do whatever we can to make your experience as painless and easy as possible.

Placement of Dental Implants in San Diego

Do you need dental implants in San Diego? Then look no further. Dr. Tina Beck specializes in dental implant surgery. With the help of modern technology, including the use of three-dimensional radiographic imaging on our in-house digital conebeam CT, we are able to minimize potential complications. With this information we are able to select the appropriate size implant for you and discuss any additional procedures which may be required to ensure a successful and safe treatment outcome. We also work closely with your dentist to ensure a beautiful, natural feeling, long lasting tooth replacement solution.

In some cases, a minor bone graft may be required to improve the strength of your jaw and ensure the longevity of your implant.

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Ready to schedule your consultation with Dr. Beck? Have additional questions? Call our office in San Diego at (858) 635-6700! We’d more than happy to assist you with whatever you need.

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