Missing teeth can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. If you are missing a tooth, you probably know how it feels to hide your smile.
Dr. Daniel Stragier and his team at Balboa Dental Care can provide dental implants as a long-lasting tooth restoration.
Learn how we can help at our San Diego, CA, practice…
The Benefits of Dental Implants
If you practice good dental health habits and follow your dentist's instructions, your dental implants can last for 40 years or longer. While the restoration attached to the implant will someday require replacement, the implant itself can last a lifetime.
When a tooth is missing, the tooth roots no longer provide stimulation to the jawbone. This can cause the jawbone to atrophy, potentially leading to misalignment of your teeth and distortion of your jaw line. Traditional bridges or dentures don't address this issue, but dental implants replace the tooth roots, keeping the jaw strong.
You can care for your implant-supported restoration just like you care for your natural teeth. Brush and floss daily and visit the dentist twice a year.
The Basics of Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are small, titanium rods that replace tooth roots. The dental implant treatment process begins with an initial surgery. During this first procedure, an oral surgeon or qualified dentist will make a small incision in the gums and then place the implant through the incision. After the implant is placed, a healing period of about four to six months is required for the implant to fuse to the jawbone.
During this healing period, a temporary crown, bridge, or denture can be attached to the implant. Some patients may qualify for Teeth in a Day dentistry, in which a restoration of a full arch of teeth can be placed on the same day as the implant surgery.
After the titanium implant has fused with the bone, a second procedure takes place during which your doctor will attach an abutment to the implant. After a second, shorter healing period, a custom-made restoration (an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture) can be attached to the abutment.
For most patients, the whole process typically takes about six months.
Dental Implants at Balboa Dental Care
At Balboa Dental Care in San Diego, CA, Dr. Daniel Stragier has more than 10 years of experience restoring implants, and he is a member of the San Diego Implant Study Club. He and his team can guide you through the entire dental implant treatment process. If you are considering dental implants, schedule a consultation today.
All consultations at Balboa Dental Care are free of charge. When you come in for a consultation or a routine cleaning, Dr. Stragier can assess your situation and determine if implants are the best choice for you.
Dr. Stragier can perform some dental implant surgeries himself. In more advanced cases, he works with trusted oral surgeons. Sedation is always made available to patients. For some cases, Dr. Stragier can provide Teeth in a Day dentistry.
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Cost and Financing
The cost of dental implant treatment at Balboa Dental Care in San Diego varies from patient to patient depending on each smile's unique needs. Generally...
- the cost of an implant is between $2,150 and $2,400
- the cost of an abutment is between $400 and $1,200
- the cost of an implant-supported crown is between $3,000 and $6,000
Dr. Stragier can determine the total cost of your dental implant therapy in a free consultation.
Certain elements of dental implant treatment may be covered by dental insurance. Our San Diego practice accepts most dental insurance plans. We offer several payment and financing plans to make treatment affordable.