Dental implants make beautiful smiles in San Francisco
Historically, dental bridges or dentures were the only options available to replace missing teeth. However, these choices are not always a perfect solution, and can create a new set of problems — bridges affect adjacent teeth, and dentures can be unstable. Today, there is another choice. Dental implants are lasting replacements for missing teeth and are becoming increasingly preferred by patients and doctors alike.
Modern dental implants can create restorations that are virtually imperceptible from natural teeth. This likeness is partially facilitated by the functional and structural connection between the living bone and the dental implant. Typically, implants are placed in a single dental visit, but they require several months for osseointegration to take place.
Osseointegration (L. osseus “bony, of bone,” + L. integer “whole, complete”) is the process of the dental implant anchoring in the bone. It takes several months for this to be complete; the length of time varies with each individual patient as well as with the location of the implant. Once the implant is anchored and healed, the procedure can be completed with the placement of a dental crown.
Implantation cannot be performed until the patient is an adult, because bone growth has to be complete. Diseases of the bones, gums, or teeth must be treated before the procedure can be started. Certain medical conditions and lifestyle habits may affect the success of implants, but in healthy adult patients, the success rate averages 95 percent or more.
Replacing missing teeth is one of the most beneficial dental decisions you can make. A gap in your smile affects your appearance and oral health. Dr. Arellano understands that each patient has unique needs and desires, so he offers other options for tooth replacement, but a dental implant is the most predictable solution.
Dental implant placement is a delicate, precision surgical procedure, but it is not a cause for concern. Dr. Arellano and his team are friendly, kind, and empathetic. They value every individual and understand that patients may need some help to feel confident and at ease about undergoing the dental implant procedure. They take the time to explain the process and answer any questions patients may have, so they can be confident in their choices for dental treatments.
SF Bay area residents rest assured that they are getting the best care that dentistry has to offer when they put their oral health and beautiful smiles in the hands of Dr. Arellano and his team. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.