About Dental Implants

Expert, state-of-the-art Dental Implant treatment

El Cajon Dental Implant Centers

The modern method for replacing teeth is with the use of dental implants. Implants have been proven to have high longevity; many say they will last a lifetime with proper hygiene. They act, feel and look like natural teeth.

The dentists at Rancho San Diego Dental are experts in all procedures and technology concerning dental implants, and as a team will provide you with long-lasting, aesthetic and natural-looking implants that are done right and in the most minimally invasive way possible. They are passionate about helping people look and feel their best and do what they can to help them get the treatment they need, including affordable payment plans.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth, it has a root—a titanium post—and a crown, in this case a man-made porcelain one. The implant is placed first and the crown is placed when the implant has integrated into the jawbone. In some cases, a crown can be placed at the same time as the implant.

A dental implant is placed in the jawbone and is a stable support for a new tooth (crown)

Our State-Of-The-Art Technology

We use a variety of the latest technology in our dental implant treatment.

CEREC Same Day Crowns

Our office is equipped with CEREC technology that allows us to produce state of the art crowns in house, the same day as your appointment. By taking a digital scan of your mouth and miling the crown in house, we eliminate the need for taking impressions and waiting on a traditional dental lab for weeks to send us your crown. You'll leave our office in one appointment with a beautiful new crown!

3D X-Rays with our Cone Beam CT Scan Imaging System

Our 3D X-Ray machine uses focused cone beams to scan your head and jaw area to get a full 3D 360º view. These images are used to plan the treatment very precisely, making for efficient and safe surgery.

Digital Imaging
A combination of digital photography, intraoral photography and digital x-rays supplies us with more information to create the implant treatment plan.

Lasers are used in many instances in dental implant placement as a substitute for the scalpel, and in bone grafting, which is sometimes needed in order to successfully place implants. Lasers are painless and provide faster healing and much less post-operative discomfort.

Who are candidates for Dental Implants?

If you have missing teeth, either one, several or many, you could be a candidate for dental implants. With modern technology, many people who in the past were considered not to be candidates can now enjoy the benefits of dental implants. With our expertise, we can help the majority of people interested in dental implants.

In particular, if you are unhappy with your dentures or partial dentures, or you have let teeth go missing for a long period of time, you should seriously consider getting dental implants.

Dental implants not only provide a functional experience that is completely natural, they also, like natural teeth, prevent bone loss. Leaving teeth missing or wearing dentures causes bone to be absorbed back into the body due to the lack of stimulus provided by the chewing forces of natural teeth. Bone loss eventually leads to collapse of facial structure, as in a receding chin, wrinkles puckered around the mouth and a drooping mouth.

Treatment Options with Dental Implants

While dental implants can be used to replace each individual missing tooth, they can also be used in conjunction with other restorations, such as dental bridges and crowns.

  • Single-tooth replacement. An isolated tooth needs replacing.
  • Multiple-teeth replacement. Each tooth is replaced with a single implant. Alternatively, teeth can be replaced with implant-supported fixed bridges. This is an especially good, and more economical, alternative for patients with several missing teeth in a row.  For example, two implants can support a three-tooth bridge or three implants can support a five-tooth bridge.

  • Replacing all your teeth. A full arch (upper and/or lower jaw of teeth) can be replaced with a series of implants supporting a bridge as above, or with an implant-supported denture.When someone needs to have all their teeth replaced, they need a full makeover, or full-mouth reconstruction. This is a more complex procedure as there can be many factors to take into consideration, including the person’s bite, the health of their gum and bone and the position of other structures, such as the sinuses and nerves.Our goal is to put the entire mouth into harmony, including the shape and color of the teeth, and the form and aesthetics of the smile, as well as the harmonic function so that the bite is correct and comfortable.

A three-tooth bridge supported by two implants
An implant-supported denture