Dental Implants

Dr. Benson offers dental implants in San Francisco. Dental implants are artificial replacements of natural tooth structures (roots and crowns). They are usually made of titanium, and are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural-looking and enhance or restore a patient’s smile! They are a growing phenomenon in replacing missing teeth, and may even be used to replace multiple missing teeth as an alternative to dentures. Dental implants can also be placed to hold in partial or full dentures (sets of “false” teeth) which allow for greater retention and better chewing capacity.

Used For:

  •      Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  •      Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  •      Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  •      Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  •      Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  •      Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer numerous benefits (including many benefits over dentures):

  •      Restores your smile with a greatly improved appearance.
  •      Prevent bone loss – implants perform a structural function of giving your mandible a purpose.
  •      Improve your speech as they work better than dentures that may slip.
  •      Very durable and may last a lifetime with routine care.
  •      Convenience – no need to remove implants as you would with dentures.
  •      Enhanced self-esteem – a restored smile results in a significant boost to your confidence.
  •      Comfortable – they act as any normal, regular tooth would.
  •      Easier to chew and eat foods compared to dentures.

What to Expect:

When it comes to dental implants, a “team approach” is the best approach.  A typical dental implant “team” consists of a restorative Dentist, a placement Dentist (such as a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon), and a lab technician.  All three members of the this team must be highly skilled and excellent communicators so that the team can provide a predictable outcome.

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.

While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.

Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.

After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years. Since they are made of titanium, the implants are decay-resistant. However, every so often the implants will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear and poor oral hygiene.


 

As a Restorative Dentist, it is Dr. Benson’s job to lead your “Implant Team” from the planning phase all the through to the placement of the final restoration(s).  Whether we use conventional methods or Computer Guided Stents for the placement of the Implant Fixture, the location and angulation is key so that we have a predictable outcome where the restoration has a greater chance of looking great and lasting a lifetime.