Dental implants are the most ideal tooth replacement options and are one of the best long-term investments you can make in your smile if you are missing one or more teeth. To help our patients learn more about dental implants and their benefits, we have answered the top dental implant FAQs we hear in our San Juan Capistrano, CA office. These questions are simply a starting point, and we encourage all our patients considering dental implants to schedule a consultation with us. We will be able to assess your oral condition, provide treatment recommendations, and help you determine if dental implants are right for you.
Dental implants act like your natural teeth and are the only permanent tooth replacement option. Implants replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire dental arch, and once surgically placed, can last more than 40 years. Long-term, dental implants provide both a highly effective solution and an overall savings on cost.
Virtually all patients qualify for dental implants, no matter their age or oral condition. Dental implants only require that there is enough bone in the jaw to support them securely. If there is not, bone grafting to add more bone volume to the jaw will ensure candidacy for patients.
The cost of dental implants relies on many factors, including your unique oral condition, the number of teeth missing and their location in your jaw, the severity of jaw bone loss, etc. Cost is determined on a case-by-case basis after you have received a comprehensive consultation and evaluation.
We begin with a thorough evaluation of your medical and dental history, and Dr. Shubin conducts a full exam of the mouth and area surrounding the missing tooth, including x-rays. Once the exam is complete, Dr. Shubin makes recommendations for a comprehensive treatment plan. On the day of surgery, the implants are placed in the jawbone under local anesthesia. The amount of healing time is different for each patient and depends on variables such as the quality and quantity of bone, as well as the type of implant placed. When Dr. Shubin determines that the patient has healed adequately, he will use the implant to support a crown, bridge, or denture—completing the process.
Dr. Nicholas Shubin places and restores dental implants in the convenience of our San Juan Capistrano, CA office. Expertise in dental surgery and cosmetic dentistry ensures your implants provide the best long-term results and allows us to create the most custom and accurate dental implant restorations for you.
We provide sedation options, along with numbing the entire treatment site with local anesthetic. You should not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. After surgery, you may be prescribed medication to alleviate the temporary post-operative pain.
You can treat your dental implants like natural teeth, brushing and flossing them daily. We recommend that you also visit your dentist twice a year for dental checkups and routine dental cleanings.