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 the last 20 years. Dr. Ruprecht finds joy in helping patients live a higher quality of life with implant dentistry. If you live in and around Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch and Solana Beach, California, and are interested in implants for tooth replacement, call us today or request an appointment online.
Dental Implants Q&A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are surgical fixtures anchored safely into your bone tissue as a secure, permanent replacement for missing teeth. Once in place, implants look and function just like your natural teeth so you can speak, chew and smile without compromise.
Implant dentistry involves several steps. Dr. Ruprecht begins with a thorough dental exam, CT imaging for safety and accuracy, and comprehensive treatment planning. This attention to detail helps ensure your implant is positioned properly. It also enables successful integration and alignment with the contours of your future crown.
With more complex cases, Dr. Ruprecht uses advanced technology with guided implant surgery, coordinating a treatment workflow with the restorative dentist and laboratory for the highest level of planning and treatment execution from the entire team.
After three to four months for healing, the crown or other prosthetic replacement is attached to the implant. Several weeks later, your soft tissue will heal around the new crown and complete the process for a functional and aesthetic result.
How many teeth can dental implants replace?
A single implant is a good option for replacing a tooth that cannot be repaired or saved. Dr. Ruprecht is also highly skilled in providing anterior aesthetic implants that replace your front teeth.
If you have several missing teeth, single units can be placed, and implant bridges are also available to connect multiple missing teeth. If you need to replace all of your teeth, a full set of dental implants can be secured to just five to six fixtures on both upper and lower arches.
Dr. Ruprecht offers platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) as part of her dental implant services. This treatment uses the power of platelets and growth factors from your own blood to boost your natural healing process and facilitate healthy bone and gum tissue.
Why choose Dr. Ruprecht for dental implant services?
Dr. Ruprecht brings over two decades of aesthetic and functional experience to her practice. Following years of innovation in implant technology, she prefers trusted implant brands like Straumann® and Astra Tech for optimal outcomes.
Dr. Ruprecht follows ongoing advancements in dental education and has served in multiple teaching roles at USC since 1988; she is honored to guide the next generation of periodontal specialists in the latest dental implant techniques, and she also makes patient education a central part of her practice and will help you understand her treatment recommendations.
When you are ready to explore dental implants in greater detail, call us today at 949-472-5499 or request an appointment with our periodontist online.