Dr. James Spalenka has been providing high-tech dentistry to the San Diego area for 36 years. He is highly experienced and trained in dental implants and can do the entire procedure in his office.
With years of advanced training in dental implant technology, Dr. Spalenka is expert in dental implant techniques and can perform the entire implant procedure himself right here in our office.
Dr. Spalenka uses a CT scan together with an implant planning system to exactly plan your implant placement.
Once your implant has been placed, he completes your tooth with an exactly designed, high-quality crown. These crowns are durable and act like your natural teeth and can be placed in one visit with no temporaries needed.
Dr. Spalenka has a fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry, and studied advanced Implant Dentistry training at the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute. He is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, and is a Fellow of the International Oral Implantology and of the Pierre Fauchard Academy (an international Dental Honors Society).
Dental Implants in One Location
Because Dr. Spalenka performs both the surgical placement and restoration (crown placement) phases of implants, you don’t have to see two or more doctors in different places to get your implant done. This means fewer appointments, less time in the chair, and your new, permanent teeth sooner. And they are usually more affordable for your pocket book!
Candidates for Dental Implants
There are various issues that can make it difficult to place a dental implant, such as certain medical conditions or medications, pregnancy or a young person whose jaw is not yet fully developed. Dr. Spalenka implements a technique to help with bone growth so that dental implants can easily be put in.
Additionally, after years of teeth being missing, there can be too little bone in which to place the implant. Usually Dr. Spalenka can solve this with bone grafting.
Dr. Spalenka can assess the different factors to establish the best course of treatment for you.
Free Dental Implant Consultation
Dr. Spalenka offers a complimentary consultation for patients considering implant treatment. You will get a chance to review the different options available for missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted, including comparing bridges, dentures and implant-supported dentures.
He will examine you to find out which option would work best for you and your budget and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
To make an appointment, call us at 858-487-9444 or click here to request an appointment online.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a bio-compatible, man-made substitute for missing tooth roots. It is usually made of a space-age alloy of titanium. Implants come in various shapes and sizes, chosen to best fit your mouth and jaw. Most are cylinders placed into bone and allowed to heal undisturbed while bone heals around them, locking them in like an anchor. After a few months, the implants are used as a foundation for replacing the missing teeth.
Dental implants restore lost chewing ability, improve appearance, end embarrassment, and give real self-confidence to patients who need them. Implants replace one, many, or all of your teeth. They are a real breakthrough.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Replaces missing tooth roots.
- Dental implants deter the bone loss that will occur when a tooth is lost. The titanium post fuses with the bone, thus preventing the bone from dissolving.
- Fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the perfect solution to missing teeth and often bring with them a number of other problems.
- When teeth are lost, the bone which held the roots of the teeth starts to dissolve, and so removable dentures may slip or cause sores on the gums.
- Removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to ten years and fixed bridges every five years, compared to an up to 25-year life span for dental implants.
- When you lose teeth, you inevitably lose mass in your jaw. This affects the overall skeletal structure of your face, which not only changes your profile, but also may result in thin lips, drooping muscles, jowls or witch’s chin.
- Spreading bone loss in the jaw also affects the gums and ridges in your mouth, as well as the muscles and nerves in and around the mouth.
These conditions may only be avoided through use of dental implants, because implants may halt and even reverse the bone loss that results from losing teeth.
Dr. Spalenka strongly recommends the use of dental implants wherever appropriate. They are fixed and permanent, and don’t require replacements. Even in cases where he places dentures, he recommends using implants to support them.