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San Diego, CA 92109

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Joseph M. Snider, DDS
Terri Nguyen Snider, DDS

 

Implant Crowns

Think of dental implants as metal anchors, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone to hold permanent replacement teeth or dentures. Through a process called osseointegration, the implant actually attaches itself to the jawbone over time, providing tremendous stability.

Implant placement surgery is performed by a periodontist or an oral surgeon.  It generally takes from three to six months or more to allow the bone tissue to grow around the Implants and hold them securely in place.  During this healing time, you may be fitted with temporary crowns or dentures.

Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the Implants, a small post is attached to each implant.  Your implant crowns or implant-retained dentures are then attached to these posts.

Benefits of Dental Implant
  • Improved Biting Pressure - Healthy teeth are able to absorb over 500 pounds of biting pressure per square inch.  If you've worn dentures for a long time, that pressure may be diminished significantly, to one-tenth that of natural teeth.  Dental Implants can restore the amount of pressure that can be withstood to nearly the same level of healthy natural teeth.

  • Comfort and Fit - Because your replacement teeth are anchored securely to the implants in your jawbone, they can't slip and slide like unsecured dentures can.  When dentures aren't secure enough, they often cause sores in the mouth and an annoying clicking sound.

  • Longevity and Reliability - With proper oral hygiene and care, scientifically tested and approved dental implant systems have been shown to last as long as 20 years or more with few complications.

  • Increased Self-Confidence - Because dental implants function remarkably like natural teeth, most people who get them realize they can chew, talk, laugh and smile again with confidence.

Before and After

 

Missing Upper Right Central Tooth

 

Upper Right Central Implant, Upper Left Central Porcelain Veneer

Patient of PB Dentistry