Dental implants may be the right solution for you, if:
You want a natural-looking solution for missing teeth
Dental implants are designed to look just like natural teeth. Each restoration is customized to ensure it blends in seamlessly with your smile. The titanium implant fixture acts like a natural tooth root, providing stable support for a stunning porcelain crown or dentures.
If you have any amount of missing teeth, dental implants can transform your smile and rejuvenate your appearance.
You want a tooth replacement with minimal maintenance
Unlike dentures, dental implants can be cared for just like natural teeth. Simply brush your teeth and floss every day to keep your mouth free of bacteria. It’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nylon floss to avoid scratching your implant.
With dental implants, you don’t have to worry about removing them overnight or soaking them in a solution. You also won’t have to deal with any special cleaning products or messy adhesives, as you would with dentures.
You want a solution that will protect your long-term health
Tooth replacements such as bridges and dentures don’t provide any stimulation to your jawbone, causing it to rapidly lose tissue and deteriorate. This can eventually lead to sagging skin, premature wrinkles, and a misaligned bite.
Dental implants are the only solution for missing teeth that prevents jawbone deterioration. This is thanks to the unique process of osseointegration, when the implant fixture fuses with your jawbone to replace the natural tooth root. By choosing implants, you can protect your oral health for many years to come.
You want unmatched confidence and freedom
Dental implants are anchored to your jaw so they’ll never fall out or slide around in your mouth. Unlike dentures, they won’t pinch your gums or cause you to slur your words while speaking.
Implants are also strong enough to chew all your favorite foods, allowing you to eat without restrictions. Best of all, they’re extremely durable and can last a lifetime with proper care. Thanks to implants, you can eat, speak, and smile with total confidence.
Why San Diego Patients Choose Dr. Henninger
- Among only 5% of restorative dentists who are certified to administer IV sedation
- Uses I-CAT technology to ensure safer and more predictable treatment
- Crafts your customized restoration in one appointment with CEREC technology
- Offers affordable, interest-free financing with CareCredit
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implant Candidacy
I have dentures — can I still upgrade to dental implants?
There are two great options for patients who need dentures.
Teeth in a Day is a fixed implant-supported denture that can replace an entire arch of teeth. This is a wonderful option for those who haven’t worn dentures before and want a fully functional smile. The procedure is all done in one day — you go home with a temporary denture, then come back the next day to have your permanent dentures attached.
Snap-on dentures are another treatment option. These are fully removable and simply need to be snapped into place when you’re ready to wear them. Snap on dentures are typically preferred by patients who are happy with their dentures but need a solution to better hold them in place.
If I have gum disease can I still get dental implants?
While patients with gum disease might not immediately qualify for dental implants, treating the condition may restore your eligibility.
Gums that are inflamed and infected due to gum disease can jeopardize the success of your dental implants and may cause bigger problems down the line. Luckily, supplementary procedures can help improve your chances of qualifying for dental implants.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
There are many benefits of dental implants that make them an ideal tooth replacement option. Dental implants gradually integrate into your jawbone, which means they look and function just like natural teeth without any of the hassles of dentures or other removable tooth replacement options.
Dr. Henninger, our San Diego dental implant provider, will custom-craft your restoration to match your natural teeth flawlessly. Dental implants never need to be removed for cleaning or for eating and they allow you to enjoy all the foods you love without concern. Best of all, dental implants require nothing more than daily brushing and flossing to keep them healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.
Most patients benefit greatly from replacing their missing teeth with dental implants. Even so, it’s a good idea to see Dr. Henninger for a consultation at our Vista, CA practice to find out if they’re the right tooth replacement option for you.
What if my jawbone isn’t strong enough to support dental implants?
In order to ensure success, dental implants require a strong, healthy jawbone to support them. Unfortunately, if you’ve lived with missing teeth for a long time or previously wore dentures, you’ve likely suffered significant bone loss in your jaw. Thankfully, Dr. Henninger offers a convenient solution for cases like these.
If you lack the jawbone density for implants, you can undergo a supplemental procedure known as bone grafting. This treatment will restore your jaw to full strength and prepare you for implants.