Dental Implants

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Dental Implants 2018-03-31T19:03:51+00:00

La Mesa Implant Dentistry

Dental implant restoration is a form of cosmetic dentistry that is a great alternative to partial dentures or bridges when there are one or more missing teeth. They offer permanent stability and cohesion as opposed to the other alternatives in dentistry. Dental implants are a popular choice to restore a natural look and function just like real teeth which that is quite appealing to many people, since you won’t need to learn how to care for, eat and live with dentures. Dr. Fung and the staff at Collaborative Dental have been providing dental implant restoration to the good people of La Mesa for more than three decades. The friendly courteous staff is always proud to serve families in the La Mesa area providing a comfortable atmosphere and a state of the art facility. Collaborative Dental strives to grow and evolve along with the technical advances in the industry so we can always offer our clients the best service available in a clean and comfortable setting. If you are missing one or more teeth, or have been told you need dentures, you may be a good candidate for dental implant restoration. Come visit Collaborative Dental in La Mesa and let us give your smile back.

La Mesa Implant Dentistry

Will I be comfortable?

Absolutely! The friendly and courteous staff at Collaborative Dental strives to provide La Mesa implant dentistry the best possible services in a comfortable, nonjudgmental atmosphere. Every patient is made to feel welcome and Dr. Fung always takes the time to speak with each patient. Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, along with other anesthetics are available during procedures so that patients feel calm and relaxed. Each patient’s comfort and well-being is top priority, every day.

Do dental implants hurt?

There is some discomfort,often felt during the healing process, but it is usually minimal. Pain medication can be prescribed to ease the soreness or irritation felt while the gums are healing. Local anesthesia can be combined with sedation to ensure that the patient does not feel pain during the procedure. Pressure may be felt when the posts are inserted into the gums but that pressure appears in the absence of pain.

What exactly are dental implants and how do they work?

Dental implants are basically surgical screws that are inserted into the jaw where the artificial teeth will rest; they are made out of titanium and take the place of the tooth root. Many times they are referred to as posts. These surgical screws are implanted during a short outpatient surgical procedure at the dental office. Usually the patient is given time to heal before coming back to have the artificial tooth or teeth attached. If a patient is getting multiple implants, then the procedure may be a little more extensive, with a longer surgery and slightly longer recovery time. Dental implant restoration is a permanent replacement to missing teeth and an effective alternative to bridges or dentures.

Can I have more than one dental implant?

Yes, you can. You can get as many dental implants as you see fit as part of your restorative dental work. They can be an alternative to a full set of dentures or a permanent solution to a missing tooth. Many times, they are also used to stabilize dentures. For instance, someone who only has bottom dentures, can get two implants on the bottom to help stabilize and reinforce those dentures. If you are considering dental implant restoration, come talk to Dr. Fung at Collaborative Dental in La Mesa. He is always happy to sit down with a patient and discuss all of your options so that you can make the best decision for your particular situation.

If I already have dentures, can I just get a few implants?

Absolutely, you can and most dentists will actually recommend that you do. When a person has dentures, the absence of teeth will cause the jawbone to deteriorate slowly. As a person ages, and this bone deteriorates, that will also cause other changes in the mouth and the dentures will eventually need to be adjusted or replaced. Dental implant restoration is a treatment option will slow jaw bone deterioration, in addition to stabilizing and supporting those dentures.

Are dental implants safe?

As with any procedure, there are some minor risks but dental implants are absolutely safe. They are a clinically proven safe alternative to many procedures. Sometimes, dental implants can be rejected by the recipient’s body but that has nothing to do with safety. As long as the dentist is experienced and the implants are placed properly with sterilized equipment, the process itself is a very safe procedure. It is a short outpatient process.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Individual coverage is determined by the insurance companies themselves. If you are not sure, it is always best to call ahead and check. The staff at Collaborative Dental is always happy to verify coverage before a procedure so that you know exactly what the visit will cost ahead of time. Some insurance companies will cover up to half of the cost of dental implants, as long as the price does not exceed the maximum annual coverage amount.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants will vary and be affected many different factors. The type of insurance carried, the number of implants desires, and the location of the implant(s) all impact the end cost. A single dental implant can range in cost from $1,000 all the way up to $5,000 respectively. Please remember that each case is different and treated on an individual basis.

How old do I need to be to get dental implants?

There is not a minimum age restriction in place for dental implants. However, it is necessary that the candidate be past the age of adolescence and all of the bone development be complete. There are several factors that can impact one’s candidacy for dental implant restoration. If you live in the La Mesa area and are considering dental implant restoration you should come in for a consultation with Dr. Fung at Collaborative Dental. He will answer all of your questions in detail.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are engineered to be a permanent solution. With the proper care and regular dental visits, dental implants can last for multiple decades or even a lifetime. If placed and cared for properly, your dental implants should not have to be replaced.

Why should I think about getting dental implants?

Dental implants are the most comfortable and the natural looking replacement for missing teeth. Although surgery is required and the cost of dental implants is higher than other options, the procedure does not comprise surrounding teeth.

What is the highest quality dental implant?

Dental implants are made from a variety of manufacturers with quality products. The right dental implant must be selected by your dentist based on your budget, health, and the condition of your jawbone. Visit a dentist to find out which dental implants are the best option to restore your missing teeth.

Who is the ideal person for dental implants?

Dentists typically recommend dental implants to adult patients with healthy gums and bones who can afford the price of surgery and the implants. Tobacco users, people with gum disease, those who are undergoing radiation therapy, or anyone taking medication to treat weak bones should not get dental implants.

Can dental implants be used in conjunction with dentures?

Yes. Dental implants can support upper or lower dentures by anchoring them to the bone of your jaw. Implants will stabilize full or partial dentures without permanently attaching dentures to the patient’s mouth. Dentures secured with implants are firmly held in place with a ball and socket so that they can be removed for cleaning and storage. If your dentures are loose when you eat or speak, ask your dentist about dental implants.

Can you describe dental implant surgery?

Surgery is required to anchor dental implants to the bone of your jaw. Your dentist will carefully make a small incision through the gum and jawbone to hold the base of the dental implant. Once the implant is stable, the gums and bone may need to heal before the crown of the implant is installed. Before the procedure, consult with your dentist to learn more about dental implants.

Will dental implants cause me any pain?

Dental implants should not cause the patient any pain after they have completely healed. The implants are designed to fit into the jawbone comfortably. Therefore, if you feel any discomfort after you have recovered, consult with your dentist or surgeon. You may experience some slight pain after the procedure, but it should go away over time. If your dental implants are painful, see a dental professional as soon as possible.

When is a bone graft required for dental implants?

A qualified dental provider will verify whether you have enough bone to anchor the implants. Visit your dentist or surgeon to see if you need a bone graft before getting dental implants.

When is surgery necessary for dental implants?

Every procedure requires surgery.

How do dental implants and crowns differ?

Both dental implants and crowns can restore your smile. However, each treatment is different. Crowns or caps cover existing teeth after they have been drilled down in preparation for the gold, porcelain, and metal, or ceramic shell that is fitted over the broken or decayed tooth. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw to fix missing teeth. Implants include three separate components: “the Fixture” or the root of the tooth, the “Abutment” or base of the tooth, and the “Implant Crown,” which is like a traditional crown but designed to be secured to the abutment. Occasionally, the surgeon will secure the crown and abutment to the fixture after they have been attached.

What type of insurance does Collaborative Dental accept?

We proudly accept many different insurances for your convenience. If you don’t see your carrier listed here, feel free to call the office and we will gladly try to verify your coverage for you.

In Network

  • Aetna PPO & Aetna Discount Plan
  • Assurant PPO – In Network
  • Blue Cross Dental Blue: 100/200/300
  • Cigna PPO
  • Delta Dental (Premiere Provider)

  • Delta Federal

  • Delta TriCare

  • MetLife PPO

  • MetLife TriCare Dental Program

  • United Concordia PPO

  • United Concordia (Active Duty) – ADDP

  • Delta Dental PPO (Effective in 2 months)

  • GEHA Connection Dental Network – Includes Connection Dental, Dominion PPO, Principal Mutual Life PPO, United Healthcare Dental PPO, Lincoln Dental Connect, and Guardian PPO

Dental Implants an Affordable Option in Cosmetic Dentistry

At Collaborative Dental we understand that a big beautiful smile can take years off of your appearance and dramatically boost your confidence. The presence of teeth is vital to your smile. Collaborative Dental understands that circumstances are different for every patient and we are always happy to offer multiple options so that you can choose the procedure that will fit you best. Dr. Fung and his friendly staff have a proven track record of success in the La Mesa area. They have been providing La Mesa implant dentistry for more than 35 years. In addition to dental implantation surgery, we also perform a range of general and cosmetic dentistry, including cleanings, fillings, dental crowns, root canals, teeth whitening, dentures and beyond. If you are considering dental implant restoration, or you just have questions about the procedures give Dr. Fung a call today. You can call our office at (619) 464-4346 to schedule a visit or set up an appointment online with our easy appointment request form. Come be a part of the family at Collaborative Dental in La Mesa. Dental implant restoration does not have to be a complicated or unaffordable process.

Patient Stories

Love Charlie! He’s a very caring dentist and really wants to make sure you’re comfortable. He explains everything he’s doing every step of the way and asks you how you’re doing frequently.
Kaylee H.
I usually (REALLY) hate going to the dentist, but I really liked Dr. Fung. It was a way different experience than my old dentist, who had a big office with many dentists, hygienists, and many patients going in and out. His office is very small, which makes it feel more comfortable, and allows for better personal care. The hygienist and Dr. Fung were both very good, gentle, and sensitive to the my needs. I definitely trust Dr. Fung to do great work (I have to get some fillings), and I felt like he really cared about me and wanted to figure out the best thing for me. I definitely recommend him and I’m very happy to have found him!!
Karen H.
I had an athletic injury that broke my front tooth and was terrified that it would never look normal. I had already been seeing Dr. Fung (since I was a kid) and knew I could trust him to fix it. He talked me through the entire process, as I was very nervous. I couldn’t believe the results. It was flawless. It has been several years since my tooth broke, and no one has EVER guessed that my front tooth is fake. I am forever grateful for Dr. Fung’s attention to detail, perfectionism, and for giving me my smile back.
Nicole
Best dentist I have ever had! He and his staff are very caring and you can tell he actually cares about his patients. But most importantly he never tried to convince me I needed a procedure I didn’t. Normally I find dentists are like used car salesmen, but not Dr Fung. When I asked him about teeth whitening he explained what would happen, any risks, the cost and then let me make the decision without further pressure.
Melissa H.
We brought the whole gang of 4 kids to see Dr. Fung last Saturday morning. It was our oldest 2 kids (4 & 3 years old) first trip to the dentist. I thought it would be a total gong show but the crew at Dr. Fung’s office were total professionals. Zero meltdowns and what was most impressive was how thoughtful they were. They knew we had 4 kids coming so they stocked up on toys for the kids. Definitely not their first rodeo and this Dad was happy to have someone who gets it. Thank you so much!!
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