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Dental Implants in San Francisco

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth

If one or more missing teeth are making you hide your smile or impacting your self-confidence, you can rely on James Fitzgerald Dental to provide you with a safe and effective solution such as Dental Implants in San Francisco.

Restore functionality

Missing teeth are not just an aesthetic concern but can affect your ability to eat and talk. Missing teeth can also lead to the weakening of the jawbone. The strength of the jawbones is preserved by the stimulus and pressure of chewing. When missing teeth are left unreplaced, the bone that is “unused” gets absorbed into the body.

Whether you have lost one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants offered at our family dental practice is just what you need to achieve natural results and enhance the quality of life. Dental implants restore the functionality and look of your natural teeth. A bonus is that the replaced teeth do not get discolored or stained.

Single and multiple dental implants

A dental implant contains a titanium screw that acts as the support for dental prosthetics such as bridges, crowns, or dentures. The implant is surgically placed by the dental surgeon and undergoes osseointegration which is a biologic process where the implant materials gradually fuse or integrate with the jawbone.

Abutments or connectors on the implants enable placement of prosthetics such as dentures, crowns, or bridges.

Whether a single implant to replace one missing tooth is required or multiple implants to support more than one missing tooth, the procedure we follow features three steps:

The first step is a comprehensive examination of your oral health, bone structure, teeth problems, and overall health to determine your candidacy for dental implants. Ideal candidates are those with a healthy jawbone that can support the titanium implant.

Once the dental expert determines your candidacy for implants, the procedure begins with the administration of a general anesthetic that numbs the site. The surgeon makes an incision in the gums and drills a hole in the jawbone. The dental implant is then secured in position after which the surgeon sutures the gums. A temporary prosthetic is secured to restore the functionality of the teeth and protect the jawbone.

The surgical site heals over the next four to six months, after which the permanent implant is placed at the second visit.

All-on-four procedure

Our dental provider will insert four titanium posts that act as the main anchors in your jawbone. These posts are then attached to permanent dentures to provide a natural teeth replacement.

All-on-four implants performed at our practice provide not just an effective replacement for lost teeth, but offer multiple dental health benefits:

  • All of the missing teeth can be replaced with just one procedure.
  • Stable and long-lasting replacement of the entire lower or upper set of teeth.
  • Our patients experience enhanced self-esteem, functionality, and confidence.
  • No hassles of slipping dentures that is often the case with traditional dentures. All-on-four implants enable you to speak, eat, laugh, and smile without worrying about the dentures slipping.
  • Help protect against bone loss and jaw shrinkage
  • Low on maintenance as compared with traditional dentures.

All-on-four dental implants

For those who are looking for a more stable and natural solution for replacing an entire set of upper or lower teeth, we offer All-on-four dental implants.

All-on-four dental implants in San Francisco are a revolutionary way to replace lost teeth. These are fabricated using strong materials such as titanium, zirconia, and porcelain and provide long-lasting support. In this technique, only four implants are used to replace all of the lost teeth eliminating the need for replacing each missing tooth individually with an implant.

The procedure

To ensure the best results, our dental professionals at James Fitzgerald Dental utilize state of the art technology and their exceptional skills in the treatment planning as well as the surgical phase of the process. Before the procedure, Dr. Fitzgerald will evaluate meticulously your overall health, the condition of the gums, teeth, bone structure, and surrounding area.

At this point, based on his assessment, the surgeon may recommend and perform other treatments to address tooth decay or gum disease to prepare for the implant placement.

During the procedure, the dental surgeon places the implants strategically to secure the dentures. Once in place, the implants gradually fuse into the jaw bone over the next several months. Until this time, a temporary restoration is performed. Once the implants fuse and the area heals completely, the temporary restoration is removed and a custom-designed permanent restoration is attached to achieve a natural, strong, and long-lasting solution.

All-on-four dental implant surgery performed by our experienced dental professionals last for more than 20 years. Dr. Fitzgerald provides detailed instructions on caring for your dentures and implants to maximize the results.

Are you a candidate for All-on-four implants?

Whether you have lost your teeth due to disease, decay, or injury, All-on-four implants may be the perfect solution. While those who had poor dental health or bone structures were ineligible for dental implants earlier, they have the opportunity to replace all of their teeth with All-on-four implants.

However, at our practice, Dr. Fitzgerald takes into consideration several aspects including the patient’s overall health, bone structure, and other factors before recommending implants.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fitzgerald to find out more about dental implants.

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