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Dental Implants in San Francisco

Dental implants help patients who are missing teeth rediscover the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life. 

Sunset Dentistry is proud to offer our patients dental implants in San Francisco. Contact our office to see how we can help you restore your smile.

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The Benefits of Dental Implants

They prevent bone loss

One of the most significant advantages of dental implants is that they stimulate bone growth in the jaw. Other tooth replacement options, such as a bridge or denture, cannot provide the same stimulation, so the jawbone will lose mass over time.

They are fixed in place

Unlike removable dentures, implants will not slip out of place as you eat or speak. Not only does this make them more comfortable, but it allows you to continue enjoying your favorite foods without worry.

Maintenance is easy

Dental implants do not require special care with soaking solutions. You simply brush and floss them like your natural teeth.

Maintenance is easy

They are permanent. Implants are permanent and will last a lifetime with proper care. Other solutions, such as dentures, require replacement every 7 to 10 years.

They prevent shifting teeth

Many assume that once our adult teeth come in, they remain permanently in the same position unless we intervene with braces. It's true that our teeth keep the same general place, but they shift slightly over time because our mouth changes as we age. The gap created by missing teeth invites other teeth to move into that gap, which can change your bite.

They look natural

Implants blend perfectly with your adjacent teeth, giving you natural-looking replacement teeth.

They have a high success rate

Implant dentistry has over 50 years of established history in patient care with a high success rate.

They are self-supporting

Unlike partial dentures or dental bridges, implants do not rely on surrounding teeth for support. This means there is no uncomfortable metal or wire to place stress on other teeth.

How do implants work?

A dental implant placement procedure involves placing a titanium post into the jawbone. This post will become the foundation for replacement teeth. Once the implant fuses with the jawbone, it will support teeth replacements, such as a dental crown, acrylic bridge, or partial dentures.

Implants can also support a set of complete dentures for patients missing an entire arch of teeth. Ask about an all-on-4 tooth replacement option if you need a full arch replacement. Regardless of the number of teeth you need to replace, implants are the ideal solution for lifelong results.

How long does a dental implant procedure take?

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two procedures. The entire treatment (including steps 1 and 2) usually takes approximately six months. Most patients do not experience any disruption to their daily life.

Step One: Computer-Guided Implant Surgery

First, implant placement surgery is completed with information from your 3D imaging and digital mouth scans. After the surgery, your implants will gradually bond with your jaw bone for approximately six months. You may wear temporary dentures if necessary while your implant bonds with the bone.

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Step Two: Placing the Crown

Once the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, you will return to have a connection piece, called an abutment, attached to your implant. Then your customized restoration crown will be connected to the abutment. This completes the implant treatment.

Who is a candidate for implant treatment?

Most patients with reasonably healthy gums are good candidates for implant therapy, but some things can affect the outcome. We can often work together to develop a strategy to get you ready for implants. For instance, if you have periodontal gum disease, we might be able to treat it, so your gum tissue is better prepared for implants. Or,if you’ve lost too much bone in your jaw, we can complete a dental bone graft to give you a stronger base for implants.

Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants in San Francisco

Dr. Morghem and her team are proud to provide top-quality implant dentistry to our patients in the Bay Area. If you are looking for a restorative dentist to help restore function and beauty to your smile, set up a consultation appointment with us today. Give us a call at (415) 681-7001.