Dental Implants in San Francisco
San Francisco Dental Wellness provides dental implants in San Francisco, CA. Call 415-781-1944 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the only way to restore the roots of missing teeth, which prevents and even reverses jawbone loss. By maintaining the jawbone, an implant-based restoration is a long-lasting, stable replacement that mimics the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth.
A dental implant is a small post or screw that is surgically placed in the jaw to replace the root of your tooth. This is paired with a restoration to replace the portion of the tooth above the gumline; in most cases, a third piece, called an abutment, is used to connect the restoration to the implant. Dental implants can be used to support crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures.
Benefits of Dental Implants
While the restorations that attach to dental implants may need to be replaced at some point due to wear from biting and chewing, the dental implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene habits.
Because a stable implant-based restoration prevents jawbone loss, you can consume the healthy, whole foods that help your body function at its best. This means better oral health and overall wellness.
Because dental implants so closely resemble natural teeth in appearance and function, you’ll be proud to show off your new smile!
Types of Dental Implants
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Dental implants replace tooth roots in the mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth and can aid in the prevention of bone loss in the jaw.
Implant Supported Bridges
An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for a patient’s natural teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
For patients who are missing many or all of their teeth, implant supported dentures may be an alternative to traditional dentures. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. In order to replace a full arch denture, a minimum of four implants is generally recommended. Eligibility for this solution is dependent upon a number of factors, with jaw bone density being one of the most significant determining factors.
Traditional dentures rely on an acrylic base that sits directly on the gums, held in place by a paste or adhesive. Using implants as supports for dentures allows for a smaller and more comfortable base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use.
Implants can support both full and partial dentures as well as both fixed and removable dentures. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives.
Full Arch with Only Four Implants
This procedure is a unique implant solution that allows patients with a completely edentulous (toothless) upper or lower arch to replace all of the teeth in that arch using only four implants as anchors.
Are You a Good Candidate for Implants?
You are a candidate for dental implants if you are in generally good health, don’t have active gum disease, don’t use tobacco, and have sufficient bone mass for support. If you’ve experienced jawbone loss, you could be a candidate for a different type of dental implant that requires less bone support, or you might require a bone graft or sinus lift prior to dental implant placement.
Why Choose San Francisco Dental Wellness?
We use computer-guided implant placement software, which involves developing a three-dimensional model of your jaw and teeth to assist in treatment and surgical planning. We also use state-of-the-art cone beam CT radiography to assess the health and bone density of your jaw and determine the optimal site and angle for each of your dental implants.
How much do dental implants cost?
Because there are so many types of dental implants and restorations, estimating the cost of dental implants without an in-person consultation is difficult. We recommend scheduling an appointment so we can discuss your options and the costs involved.
Who is not a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are not recommended for patients who smoke or have active, untreated gum disease. Other medical issues, particularly those that impair your ability to heal after surgery or raise your risk of infection, may also affect your candidacy for dental implants.
Is it better to get dentures or implants?
Dental implants are usually recommended over dentures since they prevent jawbone loss, but every patient is unique, and in certain circumstances, dentures may be a better option.
Can I get a dental implant years after extraction?
Yes, many of our patients decide to get dental implants years—or even decades!—after they have had their teeth extracted. There’s no reason why you can’t get dental implants years after an extraction, although you’re more likely to require bone grafting or a sinus lift the longer your teeth have been missing.
Call 415-781-1944 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
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