Implant Dentistry in San Francisco, CA
If you have lost teeth and are interested in restoring your smile, one of the most successful, long-lasting options available is dental implants. Papillon Dental Arts offers dental implant placement and restoration for San Francisco’s Lakeside, Sunset, and Ingleside districts.
Placing Dental Implants
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jaw, effectively serving as replacement teeth roots. These posts support a prosthetic dental restoration and an abutment connecting the restoration to the implant post. The first step in the dental implant process is to have our Lakeside dental practice perform the implant placement surgery.
With the help of our on-site periodontist, Papillon Dental Arts can conduct this surgery. Once the implant posts are placed, there will be a healing period to allow them to fuse into the bone, which is the key to the strength and success of dental implants. Once the surgery site has healed and this process of osseointegration is complete, Dr. Rahimi can then provide your dental implant restorations.
Restoring the Dental Implant
A dental implant restoration is a prosthesis that can replace any number of teeth, depending on the need of the patient. Our Lakeside dentist provides the appropriate implant restorations to rebuild the function and aesthetics of your smile.
Some patients only need to replace one missing tooth in order to prevent the dental health and cosmetic complications which arise when teeth are lost. In these cases, Dr. Rahimi provides a porcelain crown atop a single-unit implant.
If a row of teeth are missing, the restoration our Lakeside dentist would use is an implant-supported bridge. Like a traditional bridge, an implant-supported bridge features several porcelain crowns which replace multiple missing teeth. However, traditional bridges require the presence of healthy neighboring teeth to be successfully anchored in place, and the prep work necessary for placing bridges can harm the future health of these teeth. Because they are supported by multiple implants instead, implant-supported bridges are perfect for replacing multiple missing teeth without affecting the neighboring teeth.
If you are missing most or all teeth in an arch, an implant-supported denture may best suit your needs. Though traditional full and partial dentures are an option, they rely on dental adhesives or healthy teeth, respectively, for support; dental adhesives can be unreliable and cause dentures to slip, while the clasps of partial dentures can wear down and damage healthy teeth. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, are more stable and do not affect the health of your other teeth.
Restore your Smile Today
Papillon Dental Arts helps the Lakeside, Sunset, and Ingleside communities of San Francisco restore their smiles with dental implants. To learn more, call our office today!