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Dental Implants in San Francisco

Dental implants are changing the way people live. With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life in the city.

If, like many others, you feel dental implants are the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a comprehensive exam and health history. During this consultation period, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Morghem or an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Patients who have lost their teeth regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are small titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants have been in use for over five decades and continue to be a reliable and safe way to replace teeth. Contrary to popular belief, dental implants replace the root portion of the tooth, acting as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for the replacement of the crown of the tooth.

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

STEP ONE: IMPLANT PLACEMENT USING GUIDED SURGERY

First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone using a specialized surgical guide. This guide is prepared based on the information from your comprehensive exam, 3D imaging, and digital mouth scans. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. If the implant is replacing a tooth that is visible when you smile, you can wear a temporary, removable tooth replacement and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final crown, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

STEP TWO: RESTORING THE IMPLANT (PLACING THE CROWN ON)

After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Morghem can then start making your new tooth. A digital impression is taken allowing for the fabrication of a customized attachment that can connect to the implant and serve as a platform to place the final crown. This customized attachment is called an abutment. Then the crown (final step in replacing the missing tooth) is made that can be connected to the abutment and implant.

Don’t be shy San Francisco

Tooth loss is more common than you might think and nothing to be embarrassed about. Schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Morghem and get back to eating, laughing, and living with confidence. Schedule your initial consultation today to explore your best options for dental implants in San Francisco.