Dental implants are the most ideal tooth replacement options and are one of the best long-term investments you can make in your smile if you are missing one or more teeth. To help our patients learn more about implants and their benefits, we have answered the top frequently asked questions we hear about implants in our Arroyo Grande, CA office. These questions are simply a starting point, and we encourage all our patients considering implants to schedule a consultation with us. We will be able to assess your oral condition, provide treatment recommendations, and help you determine if dental implants are right for you.
Dental implants act like your natural teeth and are the only permanent tooth replacement option. Implants replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire dental arch, and once surgically placed, can last more than 40 years. Long-term, implants provide both a highly effective solution and overall savings on cost.
Virtually all patients qualify for implants, no matter their age or oral condition. Dental implants only require that there is enough bone in the jaw to support them securely. If there is not, bone grafting to add more bone volume to the jaw will ensure candidacy for patients.
The cost of dental implants relies on many factors, including your unique oral condition, the number of teeth missing and their location in your jaw, the severity of jaw bone loss, etc. Cost is determined on a case-by-case basis after you have received a comprehensive consultation and evaluation.
Dr. Viorela Bauer places dental implants in the convenience of our Arroyo Grande, CA office. We use digital diagnostics for treatment planning and guided surgery to ensure your implants provide the best long-term results and allows us to create the most custom and accurate dental implant restorations for you.
Yes, Dr. Bauer has two decades of experience in implants and cosmetic restorations. She is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the largest implant and continuing education organization in the world, and has received advanced training in implant surgery and prosthetics at the University of Miami School of Dentistry, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Implant Seminars Continuum in San Francisco. Her 800+ hours of continuing education include advanced courses in dental porcelain cosmetics, bone grafting, dental implant surgery and prosthetics.
We provide sedation options, along with numbing the entire treatment site with local anesthetic. You should not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. After surgery, you may be prescribed medication to alleviate the temporary post-operative pain.
Yes. We restore all dental implants in our Arroyo Grande, CA office, no matter if you need a single tooth or a full arch of teeth replaced. If you need to replace a single tooth, we color-match and shape the dental crown to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Full arch restorations are designed to complement your smile and face with the most ideal color, shape, and size of your new teeth.
You can treat your implants like natural teeth, brushing and flossing them daily. We recommend that you also visit your dentist twice a year for dental checkups and routine dental cleanings.