San Diego Dental Implants

Tooth Replacement

Dental Implants - A Natural-looking, Secure, Permanent Solution


Dental Implant For the replacement of missing teeth it is imperative that dental implants are considered.
For a patient missing one or more natural teeth, dental implants are a natural-looking, secure and permanent solution. The dental implant can provide a more natural appearance and feel than other dental repair or reconstruction options whether replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth.

Unlike conventional bridgework, dental implants provide an aesthetically pleasing replacement for teeth without the need to cut down or trim adjacent teeth.

Dental implants most closely emulate real teeth by replacing not only the tooth, but also the root of the tooth.

During tooth repair, dental preparation of healthy teeth near an affected area can undermine tooth integrity and lead to problems at a later date. The implant, however, in addition to preserving adjacent teeth, prevents the loss of bone in the area of the missing tooth.

Preventing Bone Loss

Immediately following the loss of a tooth the bone begins to dissolve or melt away. When the missing tooth or teeth are replaced with an implant, function is restored to the bone and resorption of the bone prevented.

The jawbone requires the chewing action of teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. Without this natural pressure the bone begins to disappear or atrophy. When teeth and facial bones do not support the facial structure, the face can change, compress and begin to appear prematurely aged.

How the implant works To replace a tooth with a dental implant, Dr. D'Angelo places the implant in the bone in the position of the missing tooth root. The implant attaches to your bone, acting as an anchor or new "root" for the crown that will replace the missing tooth.

New crowns are attached after the implant has undergone an integration period. Four to six months after the placement of the initial dental implant "root" your final restoration (a crown or cap, which is made to look like a natural tooth) is placed by Dr. D'Angelo.

A few examples of how effective dental implants can be:

Missing Teeth - Before and After Dental Implants
Replacing Teeth with Dental Implant San Diego Missing Teeth Implant Posts in Place

The Dental Implant - A marriage of art and technology

Dr. D'Angelo specializes in dental implants and, in addition to his outstanding qualifications (see Meet the Doctor) and years of experience as a dentist, Dr. D'Angelo completes numerous hours of continuing education on an annual basis and is current in the latest state-of-the-art dental techniques.

Dr. D'Angelo has undergone advanced training in implant dentistry at the world renowned Misch International Implant Institute.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?


After a thorough dental examination with appropriate x-rays and use of advanced study models, Dr. D'Angelo can help you determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.

For example, people who have lost teeth may feel too self-conscious to talk or smile.

In addition, biting irregularities caused by missing teeth can have a negative effect on eating habits, and lead to secondary health problems such as malnutrition.

The loss of facial bone may lead to premature facial aging.

If you have questions about dental implants or would like to have Dr. D'Angelo provide beautiful replacements for your missing teeth -- please call us at (858) 459-6224



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Dr. Joseph D'Angelo / Dr. Ashley Olson
La Jolla Dentistry
1111 Torrey Pines Rd. #101
La Jolla, CA 92037
858.459.6224