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[overview][header]What are Dental Implants?[/header]
Dental implants are a tooth replacement treatment capable of supporting one or more permanent replacement teeth. By integrating directly with the jawbone, through the organic and biological process of osseointegration, implants can help to restore the tooth functions you may have lost as a result of tooth loss.
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[overview][header]Why Dental Implants?[/header]
Tooth loss can result in an increase in risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems that are better off avoided by replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Leaving a missing tooth untreated can also lead to bone loss. Dental implants, unlike removable dentures, can help to eliminate and reverse jawbone deterioration.
Patients who are age ≥ 65 and/or disabled may be eligible for Medicare subsidies for certain dental surgical procedures performed by Dr. Lockwood. This program can reduce the out-of-pocket expenses for extractions, bone grafting, and jaw reconstruction procedures, such as dental implants. For more information, please call our practice to speak to our staff: 858-200-7248.
[overview][header]Dental Implant Process[/header]
At our La Jolla, CA office we follow a four-step dental implants process. Our comprehensive and experienced approach to implants means our patients enjoy a 95–98 percent success rate, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful smile you deserve.
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[overview][header]Dental Implant Benefits[/header]
Dental implants are considered the premier solution to tooth loss in the United States and internationally. Not only are they aesthetically appealing — they look and feel just like natural teeth —, but they’re also unrivaled in longevity, robustness, and stability.
[overview][header]Dental Implants vs. Dentures[/header]
Replacing removable dentures with dental implants is becoming increasingly popular. While dentures tend to become ill-fitting over time, leading to irritation and inconvenience, implants will never move, shift around, or loosen in your mouth. Furthermore, dental implants offer numerous health benefits that dentures simply can’t match.
[overview][header]Are You a Candidate?[/header]
What makes an ideal dental implants candidate? Generally speaking, if you’ve recently had a tooth extraction, you can also have implants placed. Even if your dental health has taken a toll, Dr. Stephen Lockwood can still find the right solution for you.
Dental implants need sufficient bone density in the jaw to ensure the proper integration between the implant fixture and the jawbone. If you’ve suffered from bone loss, one option is to opt for a supplemental procedure known as a bone graft. By repairing the bone tissue in the affected areas of the jaw, Dr. Stephen Lockwood can help get you ready for dental implants.
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[overview][header]Tooth Decay and Dental Implants[/header]
Missing teeth create food traps that raise the risk of tooth decay. Over the long term, tooth decay — also known as cavities — can seep into the various layers of the human tooth, leading to further tooth loss. By replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant you can help lower the risk of health problems, saving you time and money.
Contact Dr. Lockwood to Learn More About Dental Implants
If you’re missing teeth or if you suffer from extensive tooth decay, dental implants may be right for you. However, each patients’ circumstances and needs are unique, and only you and an implant provider, such as Dr. Lockwood, can truly determine whether implants are the best option. Look after your oral wellbeing and contact our La Jolla, CA office to schedule your complimentary, one-on-one consultation with us today!