Dental Implants in Irvine, CA

If you’re looking for missing teeth solutions, we offer several options, but dental implants in Irvine, CA are the superior fix. Our implant dentist Dr. Jeffrey Robertson has a lot of experience placing dental implants.

Dental implants are a state-of-the-art technology that allows your missing teeth to be replaced with biocompatible titanium posts and life-like porcelain crowns. Once placed and restored, implants function and look exactly like natural teeth, features that our patients appreciate.

We’ve found that many of our patients come to us with questions about how dental implants are placed, why dental implants are different from other tooth-replacement options, and whether they themselves are good candidates for implants.

Hopefully, the information provided here will help to answer some of your questions. Of course, if you’d like more information, you are always welcome to call our Irvine dental office at (714) 838-7272!

What are dental implants?

The actual “implant” part of a dental implant is a small post crafted from titanium, a biocompatible metal that is placed surgically into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the implant, a process known as restoring the implant. This crown is specially designed to blend in flawlessly with your other teeth, which means that nobody will ever know your secret unless you tell them.

Do you offer any sedation during dental implant placement?

We offer relaxation and sedation options at Jeffrey C. Robertson, DDS to keep you comfortable during your implant placement. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we even offer sedation dentistry in Irvine, CA.

No matter the relaxation option you choose, however, Dr. Robertson will keep you thoroughly numb throughout the process.

After implant placement, you may notice some swelling or discomfort, but this usually only lasts for a few days and is commonly compared to the mild discomfort you might experience from less invasive procedures. This is usually remedied with over-the-counter Ibuprofen.

Are dental implants better than other tooth replacement options?

Traditionally, bridges, partials, and dentures were the only options available for replacing missing teeth. While these options are effective and can give patients a complete smile, they don’t offer the permanence and stability of dental implants. The implant itself is actually anchored to either your jawbone or a framework that attaches to the bone. Eventually, the implant becomes a part of your bone structure, a process known as osseointegration.

If you are missing multiple teeth and are concerned about the cost of dental implants, we can also discuss using implants to anchor a bridge or denture in place, an option that combines the lower cost of bridges and dentures with the permanency of implants.

What if I don't like the way my dental implants look?

We offer virtual smile tours at Jeffrey C. Robertson, DDS. This means, with the power of technology, you can see predictable images of what your smile will look like following dental implants.

What if I have multiple missing teeth?

Our top implant dentist can provide as many dental implants as you’d like, provided you’re a good candidate for dental implants. However, we do offer implant-supported dentures and bridges. These options may lower your cost because you receive fewer implants—generally, it takes only a few implants to support a denture and, often, less to support a dental bridge.

Are dental implants right for me?

The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants is to call our office and schedule an evaluation appointment with Dr. Robertson. Your evaluation will include a complete examination, digital x-rays, and possibly a consultation with our on-site periodontist.

One of the most important considerations when it comes to determining whether dental implants are the right option is the quantity and quality of your jawbone. When you are missing teeth, your jawbone is no longer stimulated to maintain itself and will eventually begin to reabsorb. If this process has been taking place for some time, you may not have the bone structure necessary to support dental implants.

Fortunately, this situation does not rule out dental implants as an option. Today’s technology gives us the opportunity to actually replace bone when necessary through the use of bone grafts. Not only will a bone graft give us a strong place to anchor a dental implant, it will also help to restore the shape of your face and your appearance, transforming the “sunken” appearance that is so common in people who have been missing teeth for a long time.

Dental implants in Irvine, CA typically have a high success rate, and our patients have been thrilled with their results. We also have the modern dental technology, including X-Guide 3-D Navigation and a cone-beam CT scanner, for improved placement of dental implants.

Are dental implants expensive?

The price of dental implants varies depending on the number of implants, your jawbone health, and other specific factors.

However, dental implants eliminate a lot of the maintenance associated with other tooth replacement options.  For example:

  • No more realigns common with dentures
  • No more pastes to keep dentures in place
  • No ease of wear issues due to bone shrinkage

How do I care for my dental implants?

Dental implants in Irvine, CA require no special maintenance. You treat them the same way you would treat natural teeth, which include:

  • Brushing and flossing at least twice per day
  • Visiting your dentist regularly
  • Having twice-yearly dental cleanings

Dental implants and restoration crowns cannot get cavities or become infected. However, restorative dentistry does not mean you can’t develop periodontal disease or gum infections. For these reasons, it’s important to adopt a good oral hygiene routine and visit our dental office regularly for exams and gum cleanings. Without these basic maintenance steps, your dental implant can fail—the same way a natural tooth fails without upkeep.  

How do I find an experienced dental implant dentist in Irvine, CA?

Dental implants have become increasingly popular over the last decade, even though they have been around for a long time. In the last few years, more and more patients have requested implants as tooth replacement therapy because they remain one of the most recommended and convenient tooth replacement options.

The cosmetic and practical benefits of implants are undeniable and require an investment of time and money on your part. So it makes sense that you would want an experienced dentist to perform your implant procedure. The best way to do that or to find the best dentist for dental implants in Irvine, CA is to read up their credentials and learn how often they’ve successfully performed dental implant placement.

Dr. Robertson has been doing implants for years and stands behind the implants he places. We have a long list of satisfied clients and our techniques evolve in partnership with technology. Further, Dr. Robertson has attended extensive training courses and keeps current on the latest dental implant advancements.

In most cases, he not only places the implant but also completes the implant crown restoration. Occasionally, Dr. Robertson and our in-office periodontist will work as a team on the implant placement. In our office, you are in good hands. Dr. Robertson will monitor your case from start to finish so that you have a positive experience and high-quality dental implants to support your health and lifestyle.

How do I get dental implants?

You can expect the complete procedure to take some time and to require a number of appointments. Once you are ready to start the process, Dr. Robertson will place the implant anchor into your jawbone. Following this procedure, we’ll allow the time necessary for the site to heal, which could be several weeks to a few months.

Once the site is healed, we’ll restore the implant with a custom-made, natural-looking artificial tooth, fixed securely to the anchor.

Do you offer any payment plans?

At Jeffrey C. Robertson, DDS, our top Irvine, CA cosmetic dentist wants you to get the services you need and the procedures you want for a healthy and beautiful smile.

This is why we accept CareCredit. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that allows for easy payment plans and interest-free financing. Ask one of our friendly team members how to apply for CareCredit in Irvine—it is simple and takes only minutes.

Contact Jeffrey C. Robertson, DDS to Schedule Your Implant Exam Today

Are you ready for a permanent solution to your missing teeth? Call Dr. Robertson’s Orange County dental office today to schedule your evaluation.