Dental Implants

Greyling Dental

General Dentist located in San Diego, CA

Missing teeth can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. If you’re missing a few teeth, you may have difficulty chewing your food, or maybe you’re self-conscious about the gaps in your smile. Dr. Joanne Vargas-Velasco at Greyling Dental in San Diego might have your answer in dental implants, which provide natural-looking replacement teeth that can help get your confidence back. To learn more about implants or other cosmetic dentistry approaches to improve the appearance of your teeth, call the Greyling Dental office to book an appointment or schedule one online at the practice’s website.

Dental Implants Q & A

Greyling Dental

What are dental implants?

Dental implants offer an excellent option for replacing lost or missing teeth. For many years, dentures and bridges were the only option to replace missing teeth, but these options didn’t permanently set your replacement teeth in place.

If your replacement teeth move when you’re eating or talking, it can be uncomfortable or embarrassing or both. Implants provide a more secure, permanent option, and they look and feel like your natural teeth.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are artificial teeth that are permanently placed in your mouth. To place a dental implant, Dr. Vargas-Velasco first puts a post in your jawbone. After a few months of letting the post fuse with the jawbone, she affixes the artificial tooth or teeth to the post.

In some case, implants can even provide you with a full set of new teeth.

Are implants better than removable dentures?

While dentures work for some people, they can have significant disadvantages. Because dentures are made to be removable, it can be difficult for some people to set them firmly in place, so the dentures may move or shift in your mouth throughout the day.

Many people feel self-conscious about their dentures. You may worry that your dentures don't look much like your natural teeth. You might also feel embarrassed about removing your dentures in front of other people.

Implants provide a natural-looking option to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are made to look and feel like your natural teeth so you can feel confident about your smile.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants may not be an option for everyone. You may be a good candidate for implants if you have good oral hygiene, healthy gums, and enough jawbone for Dr. Vargas-Velasco to install the posts. If you’re a smoker or if you have a history of gum disease or bone loss, implants may not be right for you.

If you’re looking for a permanent replacement for missing teeth, Dr. Vargas-Velasco can help you determine which option is right for you. Call Greyling Dental today or book an appointment online.