Dental Implants

Transform Your Smile with Dental Implants

At Smile Expert, our Chula Vista, CA dentist, Dr. Nick Addarrio is enhancing smiles through advanced dental implant procedures. If you’ve been dreaming of restoring your smile, dental implants might be the solution you’ve been searching for. This innovative treatment not only enhances your appearance but also restores functionality, boosting your confidence and quality of life. 

What Are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are sophisticated, permanent replacements for missing teeth. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, implants are surgically anchored into the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for artificial teeth. These implants are made of biocompatible materials, ensuring they integrate seamlessly with your natural bone structure.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Natural Appearance: Dental implants look and feel like real teeth, providing a natural, confident smile.
  • Enhanced Oral Health: Unlike bridges, implants don’t require the alteration of adjacent teeth, preserving your overall oral health.
  • Durability and Longevity: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, offering a cost-effective solution in the long run.
  • Improved Speech and Eating: Implants restore full functionality, allowing you to speak and eat with ease and confidence.

Candidacy for Dental Implants 

Dr. Addarrio may recommend dental implants for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Good overall oral health.
  • Sufficient bone density in the jaw to support the implant.
  • Healthy gum tissues.
  • Committed to maintaining proper oral hygiene.
  • Individuals who are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking during the implant process.
  • Individuals that aren’t suffering from uncontrolled chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease (consultation with a healthcare provider may be necessary).

How the Procedure Works

  1. Consultation and Planning: Your Chula Vista dentist at Smile Expert will conduct a thorough examination, which may include X-rays or CT scans to assess bone density and condition.
  2. Surgical Placement: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia. Over a few months, the bone will fuse with the implant through a process called osseointegration.
  3. Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment (connector) is attached to the implant to hold the crown or artificial tooth securely.
  4. Final Restoration: A custom-made crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the abutment, completing the process.

After Care Tips for Dental Implants

After the successful placement of dental implants, it’s crucial to follow these care instructions to ensure their longevity and maintain optimal oral health:

  • Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene
  • Attend Regular Dental Check-ups
  • Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods
  • Quit Smoking
  • Limit Alcohol Consumption

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

During the implant surgery, you’ll be under local anesthesia or sedation, ensuring you don’t feel any pain. After the procedure, some discomfort and swelling may occur. This is typically manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Your dentist will provide specific post-operative instructions to help alleviate any discomfort.

Can smokers get dental implants?

Smoking does increase the risk of implant failure and can slow down the healing process. However, being a smoker doesn’t automatically disqualify you from getting dental implants. It’s highly recommended to quit or at least reduce smoking before and after the procedure. This significantly improves the chances of successful implant integration and long-term stability.

How long does the entire process take?

The entire dental implant process can span several months. This is primarily due to the time needed for osseointegration, which is the process of the implant fusing with the jawbone. It typically takes about 3-6 months for this integration to occur. However, individual cases may vary based on factors like bone density and overall oral health. Your dentist will provide a personalized timeline during your consultation.

Can dental implants be done if I have a history of gum disease?

While a history of gum disease doesn’t automatically disqualify you from getting dental implants, it does necessitate careful assessment and treatment. Your dentist will evaluate your gums, potentially using X-rays, and if active gum disease is present, treatment is required before proceeding with implants. Following treatment, your oral health will be closely monitored. In some cases, consulting a periodontist, a specialist in gum disease, may be advised. 

Revitalize Your Smile with Dental Implants at Smile Expert!

At Smile Expert, dental implants are transforming smiles and lives. This innovative procedure offers a permanent solution to missing teeth, providing not only aesthetic benefits but also improving overall oral health and function. With advanced technology and your experienced Chula Vista, CA dentist, Smile Expert is your destination for a confident, radiant smile. Don’t wait to embark on your journey to a revitalized smile—schedule your consultation today by giving us a call at (619) 626-2004!