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Dental Implants

Millions of adults have missing teeth, and many rely on the strength and stability of dental implants to replace one missing tooth or an entire jaw of missing teeth. Not only does this permanent dental restoration give each patient a complete smile, it restores functionality so you can speak, bite, and chew with confidence. At Ida Alfonso Dental Arts in Carlsbad, CA, we offer dental implants as an advanced restorative dentistry solution.

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Parts of a Dental Implant

The dental implant procedure and the actual restoration are both composed of several parts. The procedure itself takes two to three visits to your dentist to complete, in addition to significant healing time.

  • Post: Dental implant posts are made of titanium, a durable, biocompatible metal. The post is surgically implanted under the gumline into the jawbone where it fuses in place to take the place of the missing tooth root.
  • Abutment:The abutment is a small piece of metal attached to the implant post. It is slightly visible above the gumline and the permanent prosthetic tooth will eventually be attached to it.
  • Prosthesis:The implant prosthesis is a customized dental crown, typically made of porcelain and shaded and shaped to look like the rest of your teeth. This prosthesis is permanently attached to the implant once the implant has completely healed through a process called osseointegration and is stabilized. The result is a tooth that looks and feels completely natural.

Qualifying for Dental Implants

Most patients are good candidates for dental implants, but there are factors to consider that may make someone a better candidate for dentures, a dental bridge, or other tooth replacement option.

  • Strong jawbone: If patients do not have enough healthy jawbone to hold a dental implant in place, bone grafts will be necessary first to ensure that the jawbone can receive the implant. This requires additional patience and healing time before the implant procedure can begin.
  • Healthy gums: Quite often, people are missing teeth because of gum disease. If this infection is present, it must be completely cleaned up and healed before dental implants can be put in place.
  • Good oral health: During the preparation part of the dental implant procedure, your Carlsbad dentist will conduct a thorough review of your oral health, including scans and x-rays of the jawbone and its health and density, to make sure you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Once it has been determined that you will benefit from dental implants, they will be carefully designed to fit your jaw and gum and the crowns will be customized too. The entire dental implant procedure takes a long time - potentially several months from start to finish - so patience is a must. If you need a quicker solution for missing teeth or don’t want to wait for the benefits of dental implants, talk to your Carlsbad dentist about other dental restorations that can work for you.

Cost Factors for Dental Implants

Dental implants are a high-end restorative dentistry treatment. They are highly customized to each patient based on the following cost factors:

  • Number of implants
  • Type of implant
  • Location of implant
  • Whether bone grafts are needed
  • Materials used
  • Location of the dental practice

At Ida Alfonso Dental Arts, we accept various forms of payment for restorative dentistry, including dental insurance and health savings accounts, while also offering dental credit cards with low-interest financing and budget-friendly payment plans.

Get Dental Implants Near Me in Carlsbad, CA

Dental implants look and feel natural, prevent bone loss, are durable, and require no special upkeep beyond regular brushing and flossing. These super-strong, permanent restorations are life-altering, especially for people who have long had missing teeth. Find out if dental implants are right for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ida Alfonso and her team in Carlsbad, CA.

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Ida Alfonso, DMD is located at 5814 Van Allen Way #205 Carlsbad, CA 92008.

(760) 931-0144