Dental Implants Overview
If you are looking for a long-lasting restoration to replace a missing tooth or teeth, general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey is happy to perform implant dentistry for his patients in San Diego, CA. Implant dentistry involves surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. The post, or posts, may be connected to a crown, denture, or bridge for a natural-looking restoration that functions just like your real teeth. When you want to fix a gap from a missing tooth or teeth, schedule an appointment to hear more about implant dentistry. You may enjoy dental implants if you want to avoid food restrictions or the hassle of removable dentures. At Finest City Dental, we use only the highest quality materials to craft your restorations. Dr. Dovey offers patients Nobel Biocare, Straumann, or CEREC implants, depending on their needs and preferences. Talk to a member of our team about your needs and figure out if implants could be a good option for you.
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Implant dentistry can replace a single missing tooth or several teeth with the use of an implant-supported bridge, crown, or denture. You may desire an implant if you have a dental restoration but are bothered by the appearance, comfort, or any special maintenance it requires. Implant-supported restorations can be cared for just like your regular teeth with daily flossing and brushing. During your consultation, Dr. Dovey will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to decide if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. In some cases, a bone or gum graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to strengthen the implant's foundation. Dental implant surgery is not a good choice if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another condition, like gingivitis.
What To Expect with Dental Implants
To prepare for your dental implants, you may require a tooth extraction or gum or bone grafting. As soon as you are ready for the implant to be placed, the necessary areas will be given a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. Other sedation methods can be employed to keep you comfortable throughout the process. Dr. Dovey will create an incision in your gums and insert the titanium post into your jawbone. The incision in the gums will be sutured closed with a part of the implant being shown above the gums. This process will be repeated if several implants are required. While the dental implant integrates into the jawbone and gums over the next several months, a temporary cover will be used to shield and protect the implants. As soon as Dr. Dovey decides that your implant is stable, your custom restoration (crown, denture, or bridge) can be connected to your implant and adjusted for a proper fit.
Dental Implants Recovery
You may notice some short-term inflammation in your mouth and lower face, or even discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding after your implant procedure. Dr. Dovey will tell you what is to be expected and what should be reported to our office during your recovery. He may also write a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics. As soon as your dental implants are integrated and your customized restoration is connected, you should maintain a good oral care routine at home that includes flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. You should continue to attend annual dental exams and bi-annual professional cleanings at Finest City Dental so Dr. Dovey can track the health of your implants and restorations. He will decide if your restorations or implants require repair or replacement.
Dental Implants Insurance Coverage
Based on your dental insurance company and exact coverage, a portion of the expenses of your implant surgery and custom restoration might be paid for. We will talk to your insurance company to understand your policy and determine your out-of-pocket costs. During your appointment with Dr. Dovey, he will estimate your expenses and talk to you about payment methods. We can also give you information about low-interest medical financing.
Implant dentistry may be a wonderful option if you need a replacement for missing teeth that's simple to clean, easy to take care of, and durable enough to last for years. Dr. Dovey will help you understand the entire procedure process. To get more information about implant dentistry, schedule an appointment with our skilled team at Finest City Dental.