San Francisco dentist dispels myths about dental implants

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Although dental implants have a proven record of success over the past 40 years, and have become the treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth, many myths about them are still floating around. Dr. Leo Arellano, a dentist who has extensive experience in restoring San Francisco smiles with dental implants, would like to dispel some of the misconceptions about this terrific treatment.

  1. Implant placement is painful – False! Patients are comfortably numbed during the procedure, and most report less post treatment discomfort than what is experienced after tooth extraction.
  2. Implants are expensive – False! With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. Other restorations such as bridges and dentures need periodic adjustment and replacement, making the long-term cost higher than it is for implants.
  3. Implants are simply fixed dentures – False! Implants are integrated with the jawbone, replacing the roots of the missing teeth. They provide stimulation to the jawbone, preventing bone loss and preserving the oral structure.
  4. Weak bone structure disqualifies patients from having treatment – False! In most cases, a bone graft can reinforce the jaw sufficiently to support implants.
  5. Senior citizens cannot receive implants – False! There is not an age limit for implant placement as long as the patient is in good oral and overall health.
  6. Dental implants are a new treatment – False! Implants have been in use for more than four decades, and more than three million people have dental implants
  7. Drinkers or smokers cannot get implants – False! Although it is true that drinking alcohol or using tobacco will reduce the chances of success, it does not necessarily preclude the possibility of getting implants.
  8. Implants frequently fail – False! With nearly 50 years of clinical research, implants enjoy an overall success rate of 96 percent. Implants are made of biocompatible material and complications are very rare.
  9. Implants are difficult to care for – False! Implants require the same care as natural teeth, effective brushing and flossing, and biannual dental checkups and professional cleanings.
  10. Implant placement is a lengthy procedure – False! Implant placement generally takes less than an hour.
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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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