Carmel Valley Dental Implants

Restore Your Smile Permanently

Dental Implants In Carmel Valley

If you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth, and you’re interested in restoring your smile with dental implants, Dr. Bancroft is here to help. At Carmel Valley Dental, we specialize in dental implants, and can help you restore your smile with natural-looking, permanent dental implant restorations from Empress Restorations. To learn more or about treatment options or to schedule your appointment, give us a call at (858) 755-3780.

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Why Choose Dental Implants?

Understanding the Benefits

There are a number of reasons that dental implants are the best way to restore one or more missing teeth. First and foremost, implants last longer than any other method of smile restoration. Because the dental implant is surgically implanted into your mouth and bonds permanently with your jaw, it essentially becomes a natural part of your mouth. With proper care, dental implants can last 30+ years. Many patients even keep their implants for the rest of their lives!

Dental implants also help support the health of your jaw bone after tooth loss. After you lose a tooth, the root of the tooth is no longer there to stimulate the jaw bone when you eat, chew, and smile. In turn, the bone begins to weaken and deteriorate. Dental implants, unlike alternatives such as bridges and partial dentures, attach directly to the jaw bone, providing that vital pressure to prevent bone loss. This preserves your natural bone structure, and keeps your jaw strong.

Another big benefit of dental implants is that they look and feel completely natural. Your implant will feel just like a natural tooth when you chew, eat, and speak, and it will look just like a real tooth when you smile, thanks to the natural appearance of IPS Empress restorations.

Dental implants do not require any special care. Simply continue to brush and floss properly and see Dr. Bancroft every 6 months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam, and your implant will remain healthy and strong.

Dental Implant Restorations

Understanding Your Options

Single-tooth dental implants are the most common type of implant-supported restoration. This type of implant uses a dental crown which is attached to the implant to replace a single tooth. This type of implant is so common that the term “dental implant” is often used synonymously to refer to a single-tooth implant. At our office, we specialize in single-tooth implants. 

There are, however, other options for restoring your smile with dental implants if you are missing many of your natural teeth. Multiple dental implants can be attached to the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth, and can support fixed, permanent bridges, or removable implant-supported dentures.

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Natural, Beautiful Restorations

With IPS Empress Crowns

At our office, we use the IPS Empress system to create dental crowns for seamless dental implant treatment. IPS Empress uses an all-ceramic design and has a natural-looking “chameleon” effect, which helps it blend in with your surrounding natural teeth. In addition, IPS Empress crowns are extremely durable and long-lasting. The strong leucite glass-ceramic material has a flexural strength of 160 MPa, which is equal to that of natural enamel.

Strengthen and Beautiful Your Smile

at Carmel Valley Dental

If you are missing one or more teeth and are located near Carmel Valley, stop by our office at 12750 Carmel Country Road, Suite 206, San Diego, CA 92130 or call us at (858) 755-3780 to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants!

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How long do

dental implants last?

If you want a long-lasting solution for restoring one or more missing teeth, dental implants are definitely the right choice for you. Implants usually last at least 30 years with proper oral hygiene and care. 

In fact, you will likely be able to keep your implants for the rest of your life. Because the implant is securely anchored to your jaw bone and is integrated with your gum tissue, it’s basically a natural part of your mouth, so as long as it has healed properly and you keep your mouth healthy, it won’t fail.

To make sure that you maximize the lifespan of your dental implant, though, it’s important to take a few steps to maintain your oral hygiene. You should continue brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, and flossing once per day. 

Good oral hygiene prevents “peri-implantitis,” which is a type of gum disease that can affect the tissue near your implant, and cause it to fail prematurely.

Also, if you use tobacco products of any kind, you should stop immediately. Tobacco use is associated with a much higher risk of premature implant failure, due to its negative effects on your teeth and gums. 

In addition, you should make sure that you see a dentist like Dr. Lindsay Bancroft for routine teeth cleanings and oral exams every six months to make sure your implants and your natural teeth and gums are in great shape.

Do dental implants need

Restoration or special care?

Single-tooth implants can be treated just like natural teeth. As long as you brush and floss normally, you can keep your implant strong and healthy. It won’t need any special care.

However, you may need to periodically have your implant restored. This is because, while dental implants usually last for the rest of your life, the implant restoration (like a dental crown) may need to be replaced every 10-15 years.

Unlike the implant, this restoration is exposed to the forces of chewing and biting, and it may loosen, wear down, or fail over time. However, this isn’t a problem. A dentist like Dr. Lindsay Bancroft can quickly create a custom crown to replace a failing dental implant restoration, swap it out, and restore your smile. 

So while your implant may last you for the rest of your life, it may need to be restored a few times in the future. Keep this in mind, and see a dentist like Dr. Bancroft regularly to ensure your implant and restoration are both in great shape.

How often should

My implants be checked by a dentist?

Unless Dr. Bancroft recommends otherwise, you should plan to come to our office every six months. At your appointment, our team will clean your implants and your natural teeth, and check for signs of any oral health issues. We also may take x-rays to check your dental implants as well as your natural teeth. With regular appointments at Carmel Valley Dental, you can be sure that your implants and your natural teeth will remain healthy and strong.

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