Missing teeth can make chewing and speaking difficult. It can also make you feel self-conscious about your smile.
Dr. Louis E. Paulerio in San Diego, CA, can restore form and function to your smile with dental implants.
Learn more about how dental implants can improve your oral health...
How Dental Implants Work
Artificial Tooth Roots
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically anchored into the jawbone and gums. Each post is topped with an abutment, which is where the implant restoration attaches.
Fusing with Jawbone
After implant surgery, a process known as osseointegration occurs. This means the titanium posts fuse with the bone in the mouth, creating an exceptionally stable base for restorations. Osseointegration takes around four to six months.
Strength and Aesthetics
Crowns, bridges, and dentures supported by implants look and function like natural teeth. This allows patients to eat their favorite foods and smile just like they did before tooth loss.
Good Candidates for Dental Implants: Are Implants Right for You?
Adults Who Are Missing TeethImplants are only recommended to adult patients whose jawbones are fully developed. Children are not fully matured yet, which makes them poor candidates for implants.
Good Gum and Jawbone DensitySufficient jawbone and gum line density is required to support dental implants. If patients suffered bone loss or gum recession, bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation can rebuild this tissue.
Healthy Enough for Oral SurgeryPatients should be in good health so an oral surgery poses no risks to general wellness. This can be assessed as part of the initial consultation at our dental practice.
Speak with a Dentist Who Cares Serving Point Loma for Decades
The people of San Diego deserve a dentist who makes their health and comfort a priority. That's why countless people throughout the area visit Point Loma Family Dentistry for implants and their general dental care needs.
Dr. Louis E. Paulerio is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the San Diego County Dental Society. He is also a Diplomate of the International Dental Implant Association and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.
If you live in San Diego and would like to learn more about treating tooth loss, contact an experienced dentist online. You can reach our office by phone at:
An Experienced and Trusted Dentist Who Puts the People of San Diego First
Dr. Paulerio and his staff have been providing the dental care for our family for decades. Their caring professionalism, augmented by the most modern of dental technologies and techniques, has been the underpinning for the enthusiasm expressed by all of his patients. Don't wait until you absolutely need a dentist, see them now to get yourself into the planned preventative dentistry mode. They have our highest recommendation.View On Google
Professional and caring. I actually don’t dread going to the dentist with this team. (Never thought I would say that.) You feel like part of the family and know they are looking out for the best for you. Highly recommend them.View On Google
Dental Implant Options: Ways to Restore Missing Teeth
Implant-supported crowns are an ideal option for people who need to replace a single tooth. The implant fills the tooth gap and provides solid root structure to prevent bone loss. Once healing is complete, it is capped by a realistic, tooth-colored crown.
For people missing more than one tooth in a row, an implant-supported bridge is ideal. This bridge spans the large gap left by multiple missing teeth. The restoration is anchored in place using one or more implants, depending on the patient's needs and the number of teeth missing.
Implant-supported dentures are recommended for people missing most or all of their teeth. The custom denture is secured by multiple implants strategically placed along the dental arch. It's possible to have implants supporting sets of both upper and lower dentures.
Advanced Dental Implant Technology State-of-the-art Dentistry
Better Treatment Planning
Digital imaging and x-rays allow us to pinpoint the optimal location of each implant with remarkable precision. Guided placement means each dental implant is stable, reducing the risk of surgical failure and post-op complications.
A Safer Patient Experience
The combination of CAD-CAM and 3-D technology help us avoid nerves around the jawbone and sinuses during implant placement. This makes the oral surgery safer for patients and the recovery process much smoother.
Learn More About Treating Tooth Loss Point Loma Family Dentistry Can Help
Point Loma Family Dentistry provides the people of San Diego with state-of-the-art dental treatment. By using the latest techniques and equipment, our team offers every one of our guests a welcoming dental care environment.
Thanks to CEREC technology and digital imaging, we create safe custom treatment plans for implant surgery and other advanced restorative procedures. We can meet virtually any dental health need at our office. For more complicated patient needs, Point Loma Family Dentistry will reach out to trusted colleagues in the region for their expertise.
If you live in San Diego and would like to experience top-notch dental care, contact Point Loma Family Dentistry online. You can schedule a consultation by phone at:
Restoring and Improving Dental Health Building Community in San Diego
Dr. Paulerio and his office were a blessing to me today. I’m new to San Diego and was in need a of a dentist for a horrible tooth infection. I called on a Monday morning and they had me in within a couple of hours. I am horrified of dentists because of past experiences and this office changed my mind about that super quick. They went wayyy above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and and in a good mindset before anything else. Dr Pauliero is by FAR the best dentist I have ever had the pleasure of being worked on by. Never thought I’d ever say that about any dentist lol. I could go on and on but with all the other reviews and the 5 stars it’s pretty clear this is the BEST office in San Diego, or from someone that has had dentistry work from the east coast to the west coast and in between, I would say this has to be one of the best in the country. By far the best I’ve ever been too. I can’t thank him and his office enough.View On Google
I had been going to the same dentist for 30 years. When he recently retired, I didn't think I would ever feel as comfortable and confident in a dentist's office again. However, everyone in Dr. Paulerio's office is friendly, kind, caring and very personable. Diana, at the font desk is so helpful and always cheerful. You can't help but smile in her presence. Dr. Paulerio's assistant, Suzi, made me feel comfortable right away. She is caring and very sweet. The office is clean and state of the art. Unfortunately, I started my experience with Dr. Paulerio needing 3 major dental procedures. He put me at ease right away with his gentle and calm yet confident persona. I feel lucky to have found Dr. Paulerio and his staff. I could not recommend them any higher. Do not hesitate to become one of his patients. You will be happy you did.View On Google
The Cost of Dental Implants Payment and Financing Options
Our practice offers financing options to make the cost of dental implants more affordable. Using CareCredit, the total cost of implant treatment is divided into manageable monthly installments. This eases the upfront cost of care.
Discussing Your Needs
Paying for dental work can seem intimidating, but we make the process hassle free. We'll discuss pricing concerns, breaking down the cost of the procedure and suggesting alternatives if implants aren't right for you.
The Dental Implant Process A General Treatment Timeline
Making the Implant Process Patient Friendly Reducing Fear During Treatment
During exams or the oral surgery process, sedation methods can be used to help patients achieve a relaxed state. With oral conscious sedation, patients will experience no fear or agitation during their visit, allowing us to work safely.
When patients know what to expect, they tend to feel less anxious. During all phases of the dental implant process, we will happily answer questions and address any concerns. We want you to feel comfortable and in control of your health.
Patient Health and Satisfaction Helping San Diego Smile
Expert dentist, great staff in a friendly environment. Dr Paulerio has the most advanced technology and backs it up with top notch skills. Very impressive and highly recommend.View On Google
I am truly grateful to be a patient of Louis E. Paulerio Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Paulerio and his colleagues provide an exceptional experience with every appointment. Examinations are so thorough. Explanations and discussions of any concerns are always very thorough, as well. The experience is never rushed, and is always very welcoming. I feel very blessed to have found Louis E. Paulerio Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.View On Google