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Dental Implants


Cosmetic Dentists, Implant Dentists, Pedodontists & General Dentists in the Central Coast and Bakersfield, California

Don’t let missing teeth ruin your confidence and beautiful smile when simple solutions are available at CaliDental with locations in Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, and Lompoc, California. The experienced team of family and cosmetic dentists offer dental implants to replace missing teeth and restore an aesthetically pleasing smile. Schedule an appointment with CaliDental over the phone to learn more about dental implants.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots usually made of titanium that support artificial teeth. Your dentist surgically places implants in your upper or lower jawbone, where they remain permanently. Implants make excellent alternatives to removable dentures for replacing missing teeth. They are natural-looking and blend in perfectly with your surrounding teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

By choosing dental implants at CaliDental, you can reap the following oral health and cosmetic benefits:

  • Restored facial tissue and symmetry
  • No more missing teeth
  • Improvements in bite problems
  • Less adjacent teeth shifting
  • Resolved joint pain
  • A restored, aesthetically pleasing smile
  • Easier chewing
  • Better speech
  • More self-confidence

Dental implants can also support dentures or bridges, making these devices more comfortable and secure.

What should I expect during dental implant placement?

Prior to dental implant placement, your CaliDental provider reviews your oral health history, takes X-rays, examines your mouth, and reviews the procedure in detail to make sure dental implants are the right choice for you. The process involves multiple appointments over a period of several months.

During the first appointment, your dentist numbs the treatment area and surgically places dental implants into your jawbone. The implants must heal for up to six months, while your jawbone grows around the implants to secure them in place. You might require a second surgery to place special posts onto the implants.

During a subsequent appointment, your dentist uses molds or digital scans to allow a dental lab to fabricate new custom-made permanent teeth. When the implants heal completely, your dentist attaches artificial teeth securely to the implants to provide comfort and long-lasting stability. Your dentist checks your bite and makes sure your new teeth fit properly.

How should I care for new dental implants?

Your CaliDental provider gives you aftercare instructions when dental implant treatment is complete. Maintain good at-home oral health habits by brushing at least two times daily and flossing every day. Avoid chewing in ice and other hard objects and attend routine dental cleanings and exams every six months.

Don’t let missing teeth ruin your self-confidence as CaliDental offers numerous cosmetic dentistry solutions. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to find out if dental implants are right for you.