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
If I have dentures, can I upgrade to dental implants?
Dentures are a traditional method for treating patients missing many or most teeth, but they tend to shift around when patients chew or speak. Our Vista dentist is proud to offer two sturdy implant restorations to patients looking to replace their traditional dentures:
- Teeth-in-a-Day: This fixed, implant-supported denture can replace an entire arch of teeth. This procedure involves the placement of four to six implant fixtures and can be completed in one appointment at our Vista office.
- Snap-On Dentures: Snap-on dentures are fully removable and can be snapped into place when you’re ready to wear them. These dentures will never shift or slide out of place.
Can I receive implants if I have gum disease?
While patients with gum disease might not immediately qualify for dental implants, treating the condition may restore their eligibility. Implants require a healthy gum structure, and infected gums may jeopardize the treatment.
We offer a variety of supplementary procedures to help improve your chances of qualifying for dental implants. At your initial consultation, Dr. Henninger will assess your oral health and determine if you require a supplemental procedure.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
There are several benefits of dental implants that make them an ideal tooth replacement option for many patients. Dental implants gradually integrate into your jawbone for a beautiful and functional smile that will never shift out of place.
The best way to discover if implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Henninger. Our San Diego dental implant provider will evaluate your oral health needs to determine if implants may benefit you. Call our Vista office at (760) 542-1597 to schedule your appointment today.
What if my jawbone isn’t strong enough to support dental implants?
To ensure a successful treatment, dental implants require a strong, healthy foundation. 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.
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.
Is there an age limit for dental implants?
There’s no upper age limit for dental implants. A patient must have all of their adult teeth to be eligible for this procedure, as well as good oral health and sufficient jawbone density. Tooth loss is a common dental issue that can affect patients of any age, and implants may be the ideal solution. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Henninger to learn if you qualify for dental implants.