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Dental Implants

Losing a tooth can be traumatic, leaving you with an incomplete smile, dental misalignment, and lower self-esteem.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that replace missing teeth from top to bottom, restoring your bite and boosting your confidence.

Need to replace a missing tooth? At Perfect Smiles California in Chula Vista, CA, we can walk you through the benefits of implant treatment.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that support restorations such as crowns, bridges, and dentures. An implant-supported restoration consists of three parts: the implant, a connector piece called an abutment, and the restoration. 

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Prevent Bone Loss

Losing a tooth can affect your facial appearance, speech, and ability to eat certain foods. Left untreated, tooth loss can also cause your jawbone to shrink. Dental implants are the only treatment designed to stop jawbone recession, protect your oral health, and help you maintain a strong jawbone and youthful facial structure.

Stabilize Your Dentures

Dental implants can be used to attach dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures directly to the jawbone. If you've worn traditional dentures, you are aware of the potential downsides, including messy adhesives, embarrassing noises, and unwanted movements. Implant-supported dentures are attached directly to the jawbone, reducing the risk of denture mishaps and giving you a stronger bite.

Enjoy Long-Lasting Benefits

At some point, your dental crown, bridgework, or dentures will need to be replaced. Your implants, however, can last several decades without needing to be repaired or replaced. Our dentists, Dr. David Garate and Dr. Myriam V. Falcon use 3D planning to improve surgical outcomes, ensure a high success rate, and deliver long-lasting results.

The Closest Thing to Natural Teeth

Dr. Garate explains his approach to implant dentistry. You will have a thorough consultation with us to determine your needs and goals. We will then use advanced technology to perform an incredibly precise surgery and a result that provides maximum benefits.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

While dental implants' cost varies from patient to patient, our team is happy to provide baseline prices for treatment at our Chula Vista office:

Implant, Crown, and Abutment $1,500
Implant, Crown, and Custom Abutment $2,000
Surgical Guide $750
Package Deal Implant (All Parts Included)  $3,750

While our costs may seem higher compared to other dental care providers, we go above and beyond to ensure the safety and success of your treatment.

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Paying For Treatment

Patients can experience a cost range of $4,000 to $6,000 for dental implant surgery. If your insurance plan includes dental implants, our team is happy to work with your provider to maximize coverage.

For patients who qualify, financing options are available. Our Chula Vista office accepts CareCredit®, Wells Fargo, LendingClub, and Sunbit. Financing allows patients to pay for treatment over a series of payments, allowing them to budget implants into their life.

Dental implant surgery may seem like an expensive procedure at first but the long-term benefits can save you much more money over time by reducing the amount of corrective dental work you may need in the future. Adding a strong and secure bite, dental implants end up being worth every dollar.

Learn More About Our Treatment Options Request a Consultation

The best way to learn how we can help your smile is through a consultation. Your dentist will review your unique needs, discuss your dentistry options, and answer any questions you have about dental implants. We provide dental care to patients from National City and the greater San Diego area from our office in Chula Vista, CA. To set up your consultation, contact us or call: 

(619) 656-4199

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Do You Qualify for Dental Implants?

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Your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for implants during a consultation at our Chula Vista office. Patients who are good candidates for implant dentistry:

Are in Good Health

  • Patients must be healthy enough for surgery. Patients also need good oral health. If needed, we can provide treatments for gum disease or tooth decay prior to implant placement. 

Don't Smoke

  • Smoking impacts the body's ability to heal and increases the risk of implant failure. Current smokers must quit at least several weeks prior to surgery and refrain from the habit for as long as possible. 

Have a Strong Jaw

  • Implants rely on your jawbone for support, so candidates must have sufficient bone density to qualify for treatment. Bone grafts and sinus lifts can help restore lost bone tissue. 

Not a Candidate? Ask About a Bone Graft

Having low jawbone density is a common disqualifying factor for dental implants. But it doesn't mean you can't still receive treatment.

A bone graft can increase bone density and volume by filling weakened areas of the jawbone with grafting material. This creates a strong foundation for the dental implants to fuse with. If you lack sufficient tissue in your upper jawbone, a sinus lift can add grafting material between the sinuses to create a structure for successful implant placement. 

Our doctors can perform both procedures and incorporate them as part of your personalized dental implant treatment plan. 

Grafting material taken from the patient, a donor, or synthetic material is placed in the area of bone loss. This provides volume and density to the area, allowing patients with significant bone loss to qualify for dental implants.

Cost of Preparatory Implant Treatments

Preparatory dentistry procedures such as bone grafting raise the cost of treatment, but can ensure a long-lasting outcome.

Bone Graft with Implant $799
Guided Bone Regeneration $1,200
Sinus Lift $1,200

Don't Let Low Jaw Density Stop You

Undergoing a bone graft or sinus lift before implant surgery can be a lengthy process, but the end benefits can last a lifetime. If you live with a weakened jawbone and shifting teeth, you'll be astounded by your biting strength after healing from your treatments. Next to having all of your natural teeth, there is no better option than implants for keeping a strong jaw. 

Our dentists are happy to discuss bone grafts and if one could help prepare you for implants. Request a consultation or call us today. 

(619) 656-4199

"In the past when seeking dental treatment the dental plan was lengthly expensive and stressful. My first interaction with Perfect smile was great. From Receptionist, Dental Assistant and Doctor i felt important and that they would take care of my dental needs." Katherine Cole, 2023

A New Smile Tailored to Your Needs Advanced Options for Full-Arch Dentures

We Offer All-on-4 Dental Implants

If you've lost most or all of your teeth and have jawbone atrophy, All-on-4® implant-supported dentures might be for you.

All-on-4 restores an entire dental arch using just four implants placed at strategic angles. The All-on-4 technique maximizes the amount of available bone tissue, allowing many patients with bone recession to qualify for treatment without first receiving bone grafting. Patients can regain the ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence again, often after just one visit. 

Contact us to learn more about why so many of our National City, Chula Vista, ​and San Diego patients choose this technique. 

All-on-6 Offers Extra Security

Where All-on-4 dentures are a great option for many patients, All-on-6 may be better for some. This dental procedure is similar to the All-on-4 technique, but uses six implants per arch instead of four. Using two more implants on every arch will give your dentures a more even bite force and can help keep your jawbone strong, but may not be right for some patients with bone atrophy.

Whether you should choose six or four implants depends on many factors, such as jawbone density and your oral health goals. Our dentists can review all your options with you and help select the style of dentures that makes the most sense for you. 

What to Expect During Your Implant Treatment

Completing your dental implant treatment can take several months.
Completing your dental implant treatment can take several months.


During your consultation at our Chula Vista, CA, office, our dentists will examine your smile, discuss your treatment options, and educate you about the benefits of keeping a full dentition.


If you decide that dental implants are the right choice, we will begin by taking 3D scans of your smile and planning your treatment. If you need a bone graft, sinus lift, or any treatment prior to your implant surgery, our dentists can provide the dental care you need at our office.


Once you are in good oral and overall health, we will schedule your dental implant placement. The length of your surgery will depend on how many implants are being placed. During the surgery, one of our dentists will create incisions in the gums, place the implant posts in the jawbone, and suture the gums back together. 


While the initial healing period only lasts a few weeks, it can take several months to fully recover from your dental implant surgery. We offer emergency dentistry, so we are always available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise during your recovery. You may wear a temporary restoration during this time to maintain your appearance.

Final Restoration

In the four to six months following your surgery, your implants will fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, you will return to our office to receive your abutments. Then, you will receive your final crown, bridge, or denture. Our dentists will ensure proper fit and feel before sending you home to enjoy your new smile. You can care for your implant-supported restoration the same way you would care for your natural teeth.

Is the Dental Implant Process Painful?

Our dentists use advanced 3D technology to plan every dental implant surgery at our Chula Vista, CA, office. This allows for minimally invasive techniques and a quicker, more comfortable treatment and recovery.

To help you feel at ease, we are happy to show you real-life videos of patients who have received implants with our team. This is an important step so that you can feel educated and confident that you are in the very best hands for your restorative care.

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Do Dental Implants Have Any Risks?

Like any surgery, getting dental implants involves some risks that can be minimized when you choose the right provider. Our dentists have extensive training and experience, greatly reducing the chances of a complication. Our advanced technology allows our team to accurately assess your candidacy before recommending this treatment.

After any surgery, there is a chance that the treatment site can become infected. You will be given a prescription to prevent infection during the healing process. Some swelling and bruising will occur after the procedure, along with bleeding. However, these will subside with proper aftercare. Our Chula Vista practice will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your oral health after your dental implant placement, and we will monitor your recovery during follow-up visits. 

Are Dental Implants Hard to Maintain?


One of the many benefits of dental implants is that they're easy to maintain. After your titanium implants fuse with the bone tissue in your jaw, you care for them just like you care for your natural teeth. No additional steps are needed to enjoy your enhanced smile. 

The team at Perfect Smile California

Perfect Smiles California

Our dentists use the latest technology and innovative techniques to help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles and optimal oral health. Our doctors are affiliated with professional associations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • San Diego County Dental Society

To schedule an appointment at our Chula Vista, CA, dental office, contact us online or call (619) 656-4199.

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