Otay Lakes Dental Arts
Dental Implant Solutions in Chula Vista
Exceptional Smiles With Implant Dentistry
in Eastlake Chula Vista
Dental Implants at Otay Lakes Dental Arts are an indispensable feature of dentistry. Dentures and removable “false teeth” are no longer required! Implant technology was created about 30 years ago and has revolutionized how we replace missing teeth.
Treatment for dental implants involves placing a titanium screw below the gum into the upper or lower jawbones, which can secure a new single tooth or set of teeth. Titanium can fuse with bone, allowing the screw to anchor and support new teeth to feel and function like natural teeth.
Missing teeth interfere with biting and chewing. They can also make a face appear older because the facial muscles no longer have the support provided by the root structure of the teeth.
WHEN ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS NECESSARY?
- To replace a missing tooth or teeth without a negative impact on the surrounding teeth
- To enhance or restore facial tissues and give your face a different shape
- To restore the lost ability to chew or speak
- To resolve joint pain or biting issues caused by shifting teeth
- To create a foundation for more comfortable and secure support for a bridge
- To dramatically improve and restore your natural smile
Dental implants are available to virtually all healthy patients regardless of age, as long as there is a sufficient amount of bone to hold and support the implant. In cases where the bone is insufficient, it is often possible to graft additional bone. Implants are stable and comfortable, don’t need adjustments, and offer a permanent solution to missing teeth.
THE DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT PROCESS AND
WHAT TO EXPECT
Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile if you have missing teeth. The benefits of dental implants far surpass other conventional tooth replacement options. Dr. Yaron Miller provides comprehensive dental implant therapy, whether you’re missing one tooth or all. Every smile makeover begins with an implant consultation. Here’s what you can expect.
1) A MEETING WITH OUR DENTIST
The first step of any implant consultation is meeting one-on-one with our dentist. During our visit, we’ll discuss your primary concerns, main goals, preferences, and ideal timeline. We want to know what you’re hoping to achieve from your smile makeover and discuss whether or not dental implants are right for you. One of the benefits of dental implants is that they can be used in most missing tooth scenarios, but if you don’t qualify, we’ll help you decide which alternative may be more appropriate.
Your initial consultation is more of an informative meeting, where you can ask questions, weigh your pros and cons, and discuss what alternative options are available. It’s ultimately no pressure and essential for prospective dental implant patients.
2) EXAM WITH IMAGING AND SCANS
The second phase of a dental implant consultation is your comprehensive exam. An exam can be performed on the same day as your initial evaluation or scheduled for a particular day. This appointment will involve a detailed assessment of your teeth, gum tissues, bone anatomy, and overall bite. We’ll also take specific X-rays and/or 3D scans to capture digital images that allow us to fully evaluate the anatomy where the implants need to be installed.
After we collect all of the scans and images, we’ll once again sit down with you to discuss if implants are appropriate, suggest alternatives (if needed), and begin to initiate a care plan.
3) CUSTOMIZED TREATMENT PLAN
Every smile makeover is different, especially when it involves dental implants. We provide our patients with an itemized care plan that outlines the steps, procedures, and fees involved to achieve the smile they’re looking for.
Since one of the benefits of dental implants is that we can pair them together for multi-tooth restorations, you may be able to restore your entire smile with fewer implants than you realized. We can also pair implants with custom crowns, bridges, and other cosmetic dentistry options to provide excellent aesthetic results. Your vision and preferences are vital to each suggestion that we make. As we discuss your care plan together, you’ll play an active role in co-planning the entire process.
DENTAL IMPLANTS FINANCING AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
We understand that the cost of dental implants is a significant aspect of your decision to restore your smile. Our patient coordinators work closely with your insurance carrier to maximize your benefits and minimize out-of-pocket costs. 0% and low-interest financing are available. Any remaining balance can also be financed on an affordable monthly basis, allowing you to enjoy the immediate benefits of dental implants without waiting longer to initiate treatment.
HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?
Caring for Your Dental Implants
The titanium implant screw will last a lifetime if you take care of your new teeth with regular brushing and flossing. The crown of your new implants typically lasts about 10 to 15 years. It’s extremely important to care for your implants like any other teeth. Make sure to follow these steps to ensure your implants last for years to come:
- Eat a healthy diet (cut back on sweets and soft drinks)
- See your dentist regularly (every 4-6 months) for hygiene appointments
- Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a soft or electric toothbrush
- Floss every day or use a water flosser (Waterpik)
- Always clean between the teeth and around the dental implant