If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the gold standard for restoring a natural-looking smile. Dr. Deborah K. Ruprecht specializes in implant surgery and has successfully placed thousands of implants over two decades of service. Dr. Ruprecht enjoys helping patients live a higher quality of life with implant dentistry. If you live near Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch or Solana Beach, California, and are interested in dental implants, call us today or request an appointment online.
Dental Implants Q&A
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a metal post that replaces the root of a missing tooth and supports a restoration like a crown, bridge or denture. The finished results feel and function much like your natural teeth.
What can I expect with dental implants?
Implant dentistry involves several steps for a long lasting and healthy tooth replacement. Your smile is unique, so Dr. Ruprecht carefully considers health, spacing, function and esthetics when planning your dental implant procedure.
Dr. Ruprecht is highly skilled in placing esthetic implants for missing teeth in the front of your mouth, where your smile is most visible and accuracy is vital. She performs implant procedures ranging from single to full-mouth tooth replacements. Typically, only five to six implants are needed per arch to secure a full set of teeth.
Dr. Ruprecht begins with a thorough dental exam and treatment plan followed by 3D cone beam (CBCT) digital imaging. With a digital impression of your teeth and high-resolution image of your jawbone, a dental lab then creates a custom surgical guide for your procedure. This digital workflow allows Dr. Ruprecht to place your implant in the precise position that aligns with the contours of your restored teeth.
During your procedure, Dr. Ruprecht employs the power of your immune system with platelet-rich fibrin (PRF). PRF technology extracts platelets and growth factors from your own blood that are applied to your surgery site. This medical advancement accelerates natural healing, improves the quality of bone and gum tissue, and reduces swelling and pain for a more comfortable recovery.
In three to four months, the bone around the implant will be completely healed and functional. In most cases, the dentist will attach a crown to the implant. With these steps completed, your natural ability to chew, speak and smile with confidence will be restored.
Patients who previously lived with loose or ill-fitting dentures remark on the dramatic change in the quality of their life once they have dental implants. They enjoy the ability to chew the foods they love comfortably. Many patients regain lost self-confidence and a youthful attitude for life. These invaluable results are a joy-filled aspect of our work and part of the reward we share as a team by improving lives in this beautiful way.
Why choose Dr. Ruprecht for dental implant services?
Dr. Ruprecht is an expert in implant and esthetic procedures with over twenty years of surgical experience. As a highly trained periodontist, her practice of preventative care and disease control form the necessary foundation for surgical treatment. Dr. Ruprecht carefully follows innovations in implant technology and selects only trusted implant brands that have established successful results over time. She works exclusively with companies who share her high standard of exceptional quality in service, products and research.
Serving in multiple teaching roles at USC since 1988, Dr. Ruprecht participates in the rigor of ongoing advancements in dental education. As she teaches state-of-the-art implant techniques to the next generation of periodontal specialists, she also makes patient education a central part of her practice. Dr. Ruprecht will help guide you towards the best decision for your needs and lifestyle.
To get started with dental implants today, call 949-472-5499 or request an appointment with Dr. Ruprecht online.