Dental implants are a commonly sought after solution for one or more missing teeth because they are indistinguishable from natural teeth, and they function just like natural teeth. Implants are taken care of with regular brushing and flossing, and with proper oral care, they can last a lifetime. It’s no wonder they’re so popular!
This revolutionary replacement option doesn’t affect the contouring of your face, and you won’t have to worry about cumbersome dentures or dental appliances. All of our oral surgeons are board-certified or board eligible and have had years of experience placing dental implants. A dental implant is made up of 3 parts that work together:
During your procedure, your oral surgeon will place the post into the jaw bone through a small incision, where it will fuse with the bone as it heals. If there is not enough stable bone in your jaw, a bone graft may be needed to promote bone growth. Once the implant has bonded with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration, your oral surgeon will uncover the implant and attach a small abutment to it that protrudes through the gums. The abutment acts as an anchor for the artificial tooth and is not seen once your dentist places the crown. The entire process takes from 4 to 6 months, and your normal routine is typically not disrupted at all.
There are some instances where your surgeon can place the implant at the same time as a tooth extraction, which will lessen the number of surgical procedures needed. Your oral surgeon will discuss your treatment and options for completing your smile in-depth with you during your consultation.
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Dental implants are such a remarkable tooth replacement option because they have all the benefits of natural teeth. They won’t slip and slide around in your mouth like dentures, and they don’t have to be removed during eating and brushing. In fact, placing a dental implant actually helps keep your jaw bone strong and healthy!
Dental implants offer many wonderful benefits because they
During your consultation, your oral surgeon will work with you to determine if a dental implant is the right treatment for you and your condition.
Drs. Duncan, Scharf, Patwardhan, Yang, and Tolstunov have received extensive training in placing dental implants and can perform this common and easy procedure in the safety and comfort of one of our offices. We also offer multiple options for anesthesia, so you can remain comfortable and relaxed during your procedure.
Every patient is different, and your specific procedure will be adjusted to meet your needs. Generally, a single implant procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes. When you undergo a dental implant procedure at 7x7 Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists, you can expect your experience to go much like the following:
Dental implants can be your solution to missing or failing teeth. Simply talk to our specialists at 7x7 Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists in San Francisco, CA, to learn more! Feel free to call our office and schedule a consultation.
Patient conditions and needs vary; therefore, the cost of dental implants varies. Some patients may only need one dental implant placed without needing a bone graft, while others may need to replace an entire arch of teeth. No matter your needs, our staff works hard to make sure that our care is offered at competitive prices for the San Francisco, CA area.
There are several factors that will determine the cost of a dental implant:
We would be happy to talk you through the dental implant process and configure an accurate cost estimate that considers all of these factors with you. Please contact our office and request a consultation.
Immediate implants are a popular implant solution for patients looking to quickly replace a tooth and are most common with the front teeth. This type of implant is placed immediately after a tooth is extracted and allows the patient to leave the office with a tooth replacement already in place. Immediate implants heal much faster than traditional implants, meaning that they fuse with the bone at an accelerated rate. Some immediate implants can be placed with the abutment and crown at the same time, so you don’t need to visit a restorative dentist at a later date to have your crown placed. Ask us about immediate implants during your consultation to see if you are a candidate.
Dental implants are sophisticated dental devices that must be treated with great care. Oral surgeons undergo many years of training outside of dental school and practice hands-on surgical procedures, such as placing dental implants. That’s why it’s important to receive proper dental implants from experts like us here at 7x7 Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists, who have had the required training and education.
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace a single missing tooth. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) is used to replace 2 or more teeth and may require only 2 or 3 implants. If you need to replace an entire row of teeth, a complete dental prosthesis is used. The number of implants you need will determine whether you receive a fixed or removable prosthesis. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball and socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and can only be removed by a dentist.
Say no more! We are fully equipped and capable of offering full-arch restoration to patients who are in need of a whole row of teeth. We refer to this treatment as Teeth-in-an-Hour™ because you can walk into our office missing an entire arch of teeth and walk out with a new row of teeth! This replacement is supported on as few as 4 dental implant posts and has the power to restore confidence in your smile again.
It takes between 3 and 6 months for the crucial part of healing to occur, which is the fusion of the implant post to your jaw bone. Your age, jaw bone condition, your body’s healing abilities affect the length of this process.
Dental implants are permanent, so you don’t need to worry about removing them when you eat or brush your teeth. They are designed to match your other teeth and are so realistic that people can’t tell which tooth is an implant. Plus, they help to improve your jaw bone structure because the implant post helps provide stability. Needless to say, we are a big fan of dental implants and the positive benefits that they make in our patients’ lives!
We work diligently to make sure all of our patients are comfortable while in our care. We offer multiple anesthesia options so that you can be at ease and relaxed during your procedure. If medical procedures or needles cause you to experience anxiety, general anesthesia is a good choice because, with this option, you sleep comfortably during your procedure and wake up when it’s all over!
Once the implant is in its proper place, you simply care for it like your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. A dental implant can last you for many years to come with proper oral hygiene and care!
Your friends at 7x7 Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists in San Francisco, CA, are here to help! Contact our office with any questions or concerns or to schedule an appointment with our trusted team of oral surgeons.