Dental Implants – Laguna Niguel, CA

State of the Art Tooth Replacements

Dental implants are considered top of the line compared to other tooth replacements. The treatment is only growing in popularity, with more than 5 million implants being placed each year in the United States. Dr. Anderson highly recommends them to any patient that’s looking for the next best thing to getting their real teeth back. Do you think you could use dental implants from our Laguna Niguel, CA dentist to rebuild your smile? Call us today to schedule your first consultation.

Why Choose Orange County Center for Sedation Dentistry for Dental Implants?

  • In-House Dental Implant Surgery
  • Sedation for Relaxing, Stress-Free Procedures
  • Experienced Dentist with Eye for Detail

What are Dental Implants?

Woman with flawless smile after dental implant tooth replacement

Dental implants are, to put it simply, replacement tooth roots. They are made to be placed in the jawbone to act as support for a dental prosthetic, thus giving you highly lifelike new teeth. Unlike other tooth replacements that rest on the gums or natural teeth, dental implants can actually become part of your body after a process called osseointegration, which is when the biocompatible implant and the bone tissue in your jaw fuse together.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Aniamted smile with dental implant supported replacement tooth
  • The initial consultation is a crucial first step, as it lets us determine whether or not implants can successfully be placed in your mouth. This is the point where we determine the procedures that will be necessary to place implants, including preparatory treatments like bone grafting.
  • The dental implant surgery will be performed in-house. The number of posts you receive will depend on how many teeth need to be replaced.
  • Osseointegration is allowed to take place over the next few months before a small connector piece called an abutment is attached to each implant.
  • A restoration that closely resembles your natural teeth is created and attached on to your dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Animated smile during dental implant restoration

The stimulation from biting and chewing tells the body to continue providing the jawbone with nutrients; when teeth are lost, said nutrients are resorbed to other areas, causing the jawbone to have a more sunken appearance. But if you get dental implants, the jaw will continue to receive stimulation so that the resorption doesn’t happen. Dental implants are also lifelike to the point that some patients occasionally forget which tooth has been replaced, and they can last for well over 30 years with proper maintenance.

Who Dental Implants Can Help?

Animated smile during dental implant supported denture placement

Dental implants are an option for many different tooth replacement situations, and most adults with healthy mouths are considered viable candidates. We do need to confirm that you do not have gum disease, bone loss, or other oral health issues that could interfere with implant placement, but even if you do, there are often ways to address such problems so that implant surgery can eventually be performed. The following are examples of cases where dental implants can be used.

Missing Single Tooth

After losing a single tooth in an accident (or having it extracted due to severe infection or damage), you can have the gap filled with a dental implant post and a crown. Our EMAX and zirconia crowns mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of real teeth so well, most people won’t be able to tell the implant restoration apart from your real teeth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

When placing dental implants, we prefer to use as few as possible to replace as many teeth as possible. A single dental bridge, for example, can be combined with just two dental implants to replace 3 to 5 teeth at once. A conservative number of implants can also be used to support partial dentures.

Missing All Teeth

Are you tired of constantly worrying about your dentures moving when you’re trying to talk or when you laugh too hard? Four to six implants can be used to permanently anchor your dentures in place. Some implant dentures can be designed to snap on and off the posts so that you can clean underneath them.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dentist and patient discussing the cost of dental implants

When you visit our dental office for a dental implant consultation, we’ll discuss how different factors like the number of posts needed and the type of preparatory procedures required can change the price. We’ll make sure that you fully understand how much you can expect to end up paying before we schedule any follow up appointments. Dental implants can be highly cost effective despite their generally higher price point thanks to their long lifespan; you don’t need to replace them nearly as often as other restorations.