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Dental Implants

Pacific Coast Smiles -  - General Dentist

Pacific Coast Smiles

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Santa Maria, CA

There is a wide range of replacement teeth options today. While dentures and bridges can restore your smile, they can be uncomfortable and often need replacing throughout your life. Dental implants, however, are a long-lasting, natural-looking option that David Ouellet, DDS, recommends to many of his patients at Pacific Coast Smiles in Santa Maria, California. If you’re interested in learning more about your replacement tooth options, call the office or make an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement teeth that your Pacific Coast Smiles provider roots to your jawbone, meaning they look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. The first step of a dental implant is a procedure during which your Pacific Coast Smiles provider places a metal screw in your jawbone. They use advanced dental technology to guide this surgery, delivering the best results. After your procedure, your jawbone heals, integrating the implant so it can serve as a sturdy, long-lasting root for your replacement tooth.

In many cases, the healing process takes three to six months. Then, once your jaw has healed, they place the crown or other prosthetic tooth replacement on your dental implant. The crown is customized to your mouth, ensuring your replacement tooth blends perfectly with your surrounding teeth. 

In cases where your jaw is sufficiently strong, though, you can skip the healing process. Pacific Coast Smiles offers Teeth in a Day®. These immediate-load dental implants allow him to fix your permanent replacement tooth on your dental implant the day of your procedure. 

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are an option for many patients. If you’re only missing one tooth or a few consecutive teeth, your implant ensures you get a full, beautiful smile. Pacific Coast Smiles also offers dental implants for people missing a full arch of teeth. With All-on-4® implants, they can replace the full of arch your teeth with just four implants. 

In order to be a candidate for any type of dental implant — whether you need a single tooth replaced or your full arch — your jawbone needs to be strong and healthy. The Pacific Coast Smiles team uses the Iluma® Ultra Cone Beam CT scanner to produce a 3D image of your mouth that allows him to understand the strength of your jawbone. If necessary, they can recommend bone grafting to make you a candidate for dental implants.

And if your jawbone is strong and healthy, your Pacific Coast Smiles provider may be able to offer you Teeth in a Day®. 

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care — brushing and flossing daily and visiting Pacific Coast Smiles twice a year for exams and cleanings — your dental implant can last a lifetime. 

If you want to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, call Pacific Coast Smiles or make your appointment online today.