Dental Implants in San Luis Obispo, CA
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium — the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Janette and Dr. Casteel are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Janette or Casteel performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
Dental Implant Patient Reviews
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San Luis Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center
Patient Testimonial by Lisa P.
I am very comfortable coming to the office. Everyone tries to put you at ease and make everything as easy as possible
- Lisa P.
Patient Testimonial by Gina D.
The people of San Luis Obispo are very fortunate to have access to such a great team of dedicated professionals.
- Gina D.
Patient Testimonial by Beverly B.
Would and will come back for additional procedures as needed.
- Beverly B.
Patient Testimonial by Gene G.
This office was all about me! So many businesses are all about money. This office made sure I understood my health needs, finances , and even called me after my surgery to make sure I was OK. If you need dental surgery this is the place to go!
- Gene G.
Patient Testimonial by Ted H.
Wonderful experience at Dr. Janette's office!
- Ted H.