Replacing a Single Tooth in El Cajon & Poway, CA
The permanent solution for a missing tooth
In the overwhelming majority of cases, a dental implant to replace a lost tooth is by far the best long-term solution for maintaining a healthy mouth. Dental bridges are an alternative treatment option, however the adjacent teeth must be cut down in order to support the bridge. Also, because they rarely need to be replaced, in the long run implants are more economical than dental bridges.
When teeth are missing from the jawbone, the jawbone loses the stimulus created by the constant chewing pressure and bone loss occurs. With a single-tooth implant the healthy teeth are preserved and bone loss is prevented.
Implants also offer a more aesthetic appearance than a bridge and are easier to keep clean and bacteria-free. Additionally, gums can recede around a bridge revealing its metal base, while the bone loss under the bridge can cause a gap and an unattractive smile.
Getting your tooth replaced
At Rancho San Diego Dental getting a single implant placed is a quick, minimally-invasive procedure, which can be completed under local anesthesia. Our practice uses a combination of conventional surgery and leading-edge technology, including lasers, to deliver exceptional results personalized to your smile. And we use only proven American and European-made implants.
Our seasoned team of two credentialed implant specialists and a credentialed laser and cosmetic specialist can handle even the most complicated situations. Our approach to ensuring lifelong dental implants is to make sure there is enough healthy bone and soft tissue to anchor your implant securely. Over the years our team has placed thousands of implants safely and precisely with an impressive greater than 98% success rate.
Complimentary Implant Consultation
Your first step is a Free Consultation so we can evaluate your situation.
One of our dental implant specialists—Dr. Messerkhani or Dr. Henriod—will conduct a comprehensive consultation in which they will get the basic information needed to formulate a treatment plan with several options, and to discuss the patient’s goals and answer any questions.
What to Expect with Tooth Replacement
When you decide to get a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, there could be several steps involved. First, we have to make sure you are in good oral health. This could mean treating issues like infection that may have contributed to tooth loss, or allowing you to recover from trauma.
In addition, it is imperative that the bone of the jaw where the implant will go is sufficiently dense to support the post. If you’ve suffered bone loss in this area, we may have to enhance it with a bone grafting procedure. Once this is complete, we can move on to the implant process.
Implants can take up to several months to bond with the bone of the jaw, but once this occurs, all that remains is to add the crown, or false tooth, completing the implant process. From there you’ll enjoy a restoration that looks and functions like a natural tooth for years to come.