Restore Missing Teeth Permanently
Dental Implants in Point Loma
At Lighthouse Dental, we offer high-quality, beautiful dental implants that will look and feel natural. If you’re missing a tooth, Dr. Amin can help. In just a few appointments, our team can replace one or more of your missing teeth with a dental implant that will last 30+ years. Start your journey to a fully restored smile today! Contact us for a consultation to find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants!
Get a Free Consultation
See If Implants Are Right For You
Wondering if you’re a good candidate for dental implants? The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation at Lighthouse Dental. We offer free dental implant consultations with no commitment. During your appointment, Dr. Amin will examine your teeth and gums, answer any questions you may have, and help you determine whether this replacement option is right for you and your unique needs.
Your Implant Options
Single-Tooth vs. Full-Arch Implants
Single-tooth implants are the most common type of dental implant. They consist of a single dental implant which is used to support a false tooth (crown). Multiple single-tooth implants can be used to restore more than one missing tooth.
However, for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth, full-arch implants are a good alternative. In this procedure, you will get a series of 4-6 dental implants in the upper, lower or both arches of your teeth. Then, these implants can be used to hold a permanent dental bridge, or a removable implant-supported denture.
What to Expect
Dental Implant Placement & Restoration
After Dr. Amin has approved you for treatment, you will come into our office for your surgery. You will be numbed and can also be sedated, if desired. Then, Dr. Amin will make a small, precise opening in the jaw and gums and place each implant in the proper position. The area will be cleaned and sutured shut.
Over the next 3-6 months, your implants will heal and permanently bond with your jaw tissue. During this time, you will come into our office multiple times so that we can begin to build your dental restoration, such as a crown or implant-supported denture. Once your mouth has healed, you’ll come back in for a final appointment, and have your implant-supported restoration placed.
We use high-quality BioHorizons implants for all of our implant procedures. These specialized implants reduce the need for bone grafting and are ideal for both single-tooth and full-arch restorations.
Preparing for Dental Implants
Strengthen Jaw & Gums with Oral Surgery
In some cases, you may need oral surgery such as a tooth extraction, sinus lift, bone graft, or alveoplasty before your implant procedure can begin. At Lighthouse Dental, we have extensive experience in these procedures.
If your jaw bone is weak due to tooth loss, you may need a bone graft before you can have an implant placed. Dr. Amin will open up the gum and jaw at your implant site, and pack it with bone material. As the area heals, new jaw bone material will form, strengthening the area and preparing it for an implant.
A sinus lift is similar to bone grafting, but it’s used for the upper teeth. The sinus membrane is lifted, and bone material is packed into place below the implant site. Then, the area is sutured shut and begins to heal, allowing bone to form below the implant site. This, in turn, provides the implant with a strong attachment point.
Alveoplasty is sometimes necessary before your dental implant can be placed. The bone will be smoothed and filed down, allowing your implant to be placed in the ideal position to ensure that your implants fit perfectly.
Our office is equipped with CBCT technology, which allows Dr. Amin to get a three-dimensional view of your jaw, teeth, and skull before placing dental implants. This allows him to develop a more precise implant plan, and ensures that you get the best possible results. We use the latest dental technology at Lighthouse Dental to ensure optimal treatment results and a stellar patient experience.
At Lighthouse Dental
If you are interested in replacing one or more teeth with dental implants, give us a call at (619) 224-2204 or stop by our office at 3625 Midway Drive, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92110. We would feel honored to be a part of your journey to a complete, confident smile!