At Affinity Dental of La Mesa, California, we understand that as you age your specific needs change. As your dental team, we are here to be your partner in maintaining optimal oral health. We will listen to your needs, and collaboratively develop solutions that work for you as an individual. 

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, and are just as effective and long lasting in older age. Dental implants can change an older person’s life for the better by restoring their confident smile and giving them improved physical health. Dental implants can resolve joint and bite problems and restore chewing, speech, and digestion. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, and how dental implants can benefit you, the Affinity team is here to answer your questions! 

 

How Dental Implants Can Help You: 

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by shifting teeth.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Restore a confident smile.

 

At Affinity Dental of La Mesa, we provide our patients with the highest quality dental implant technology. Dental implants are the preferred modern method for permanently replacing teeth; they are strong and durable and last many, many years. A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is placed into the upper or lower jaw bone, and acts like a root, with a porcelain crown placed on top. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a very secure anchor for the replacement tooth. 

Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants can also be used in other dental restorations such as an implant supported bridge or implant supported dentures, which are perfect for those unhappy with their traditional removable denture. 

 

What does getting dental implants involve?

At Affinity Dental of La Mesa, we make the process of getting implants easy and affordable. TThe implant process may require several visits, but the Affinity team ensures the process runs smoothly. Dental implant procedures begin with x-rays, an impression, and an in-depth consultation. Our team will discuss your implant options with you, and form a plan that fits your needs. 

During your next appointment, your dentist will place the implant(s). While the area is numb, the implant will be placed in your jaw, exactly where your missing teeth should be. Most people experience little discomfort or pain, however you may experience some swelling, bruising, or minor bleeding. Most patients usually manage any pain with over-the-counter medications. 

Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time. The implants are then left alone for a few months to integrate into the jawbone. After that the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent appearance, stability and comfort to the patient.

Patients will receive care instructions with their treatment, and will have regular follow-up visits to ensure everything is healing well. The frequency of your check-ups will depend on the number and type of implant you receive. The entire healing and follow-up process usually takes a few months. 

Dental implants are durable and last a long time, even in your older age. You can help preserve your restored oral health by practicing the following tips:

  • ‌Practice a good dental oral health routine by brushing twice a day and flossing every day
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • ‌Avoid chewing hard candy or ice 
  • Avoid tobacco

If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation to learn more, contact our office today! At Affinity Dental of La Mesa, we are experts in dental implant procedures, and are here to help you find the dental solution that is right for you. You can count on Affinity Dental to help you take the best care of your mouth as you age. Let us go above and beyond to meet your expectations. Learn more about dental implants with Affinity Dental of La Mesa – click here or call us at (619) 697-2800 today!