Reasons for Dental Implants:

  • Replace missing tooth or teeth
  • Restore chewing function in an area
  • Prevent shifting of teeth
  • Stabilize bite

The Solution:

A dental implant is an appliance used to replace the roots of teeth. A dental implant is placed where the roots of the tooth used to be and a porcelain tooth is bonded to the top of the implant, creating a natural looking, undetectable replacement for the missing tooth. In the event that more than one tooth is missing, several implants may provide a base for a series of porcelain teeth known as a fixed bridge. Implants can be used to secure a full set of teeth.

Advantages:

  • An implant tooth looks and feels like the original tooth
  • An implant supported tooth is very strong as it is locked into the bone
  • It is a free standing tooth that does not require touching the adjacent teeth

Dental implants with porcelain teeth are the closest thing to regrowing your natural teeth. They are strong, stable, durable and virtually undetectable. By filling gaps left by missing teeth, implants can provide better chewing ability and head off jaw joint problems. They are far superior to removable dentures.

CT Machine:

  • Our office has a CT machine to eliminate the need to refer you elsewhere for this scan.
  • Digital 3D images of your mouth and bone. 
  • Our machine has been calibrated to deliver a fracture of the radiation while still creating a crystal clear image. 
  • It is a diagnostic tool used when planning our implant surgeries.
  • Video of treatment planning on Anatomage

Alternatives:

  • Dentures
  • A bridge

In some cases there may be inadequate bone to support an implant. In those instances, advanced surgery to restore bone may be necessary to allow use of implants. The alternative to using implants would be the use of removable dental appliances to restore function.

Whether you are going for your routine dental check-ups and cleanings or looking to dramatically improve your smile, Ericson Dental is the place to go! Dr. Ericson, Dr. Baer, and Dr. Dudley are all very knowledgeable, talented and passionate about making sure you are getting the care you deserve! Just stop in to see the office-you will be very impressed!!

Kala G. (Apr '16)

Both Dr Ericson and Dr Baer are personable, kind, and most importantly, great dentists. The office environment is very inviting, and the staff are happy to be there. Dr Ericson is the first to know and learn about new techniques, and I find that very comforting and exciting. He really wants the best for his patients! Highly recommend.

Shannon C. (FEB '16)

Dr Ericson and all of his staff are amazing. He is honest and gentle... Two important qualities for a dentist! And he's personable and easy to talk to. I always see Lisa for hygiene and love her! She is thorough and also very gentle. And she's really sweet. Not to mention the office is pretty posh! Highly recommend this office!

Rachel H. (Apr '16)

Wonderful office and staff. Dr. Ericson and Dr. Baer are both so professional and make your dental visit as comfortable as possible!

Chris P. (Mar '16)

I have been going to Dr Ericson for a few years now. It is always a great experience. They are all very friendly and professional. Dr Ericson is phenomenal and is always eager to talk to you and find out how you are doing and what you have been doing!

Alex H. (Jan '16)

Love the dental office!! The office has a very nice ocean view, the staff is very nice and welcoming every time . Dr Ericson and Dr Bear make you feel very comfortable .They have a new doctor in the practice, Dr Dudley. His very caring, and does an amazing job as well. I won't wouldn't go anywhere else .

Paola M. (Apr '16)

Dr. Baer and the other staff at Ericson Dental are amazing. This is one of the cleanest, most professional offices I've been to. It is very clean, there is no waiting past your appointment time, everyone is friendly, and clearly this whole team knows what they're doing and have worked together for some time. I highly recommend this dental office!

Ryan O. (Jan '16)

Loved it. No better place in Santa Barbara. Highly recommended!

Nicole K. (Jan '16)

Hands down- the best office I've ever been to! Dr. Ericson, Dr. Baer, and Dr. Dudley are extremely knowledgeable and truly care. They have helped me choose the right treatment and I highly recommend them!

Bob W. (Apr '16)

I have had nothing but great experiences at Ericson Dental. The doctors and the staff are caring and knowledgeable. They even got me in on short notice when I chipped my front tooth. Thank you Ericson Dental.

Mike T. (Mar '16)

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