Dental Implants in San Rafael, Novato, & Marin County
- Includes post – abutment – crown
- Free initial consultation ($160 value)
- Entire implant procedure can be done in one office!
- 50+ years combined experience
- Certified Invisalign provider
- 12 month, interest-free financing available
- $3850 fee discounted 10% with membership
- Does not include bone graft or extraction
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Call us today to reserve an appointment, San Rafael Office Phone Number 415-492-1616.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Kantor. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
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Dental Implant Procedure
For esthetic cases, we will make sure you are never without teeth. We work hard to make sure no one will know that you are missing a tooth.
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Kantor can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants
Does it Hurt?
The short answer is no. You will be completely numb during the procedure and will only feel mild pressure. As for after the procedure, dental implants cause very little soreness. The dental implant procedure disturbs the surrounding tissues much less than an extraction so you can expect to fell better than when you had the tooth removed. If you are nervous about the procedure, we offer options to help calm your nerves including laughing gas, oral medication, and oral conscious sedation.
How Long Does it Take?
There are many variables that decide the length of treatment which can be as little as 1 day or as long as a year. The guidelines for bone integration is 3 months for the bottom teeth and 6 months for the top teeth. Bone density, blood supply, grinding, location, and bone grafting can all be factored in determining the length of treatment. If you would like more information on your specific situation, fill out the form on this page and we will determine your length of treatment with a complimentary exam.
Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?
we can always customize the treatment plan to make it so you never leave without teeth. Options include, bridges, flippers, retainers and even a temporary implant crown!
We place temporary teeth if the implant site is near the front of your mouth to get your through the healing phase. Our temporary options range from bridges to transitional implants. And we occasionally place the permanent tooth onto the implant during surgery, eliminating the need for a temporary.
Do dental implants hurt?
We administer anesthesia before surgery, so you will not feel a thing as we place your implant. After surgery, our patients use over-the-counter medications to manage any discomfort, but for the most part, they are surprised to experience no pain. If you’d prefer to have a prescription for pain medication, we can discuss that at your appointment.
Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
Absolutely! Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. In fact, you may forget which teeth are your natural ones and which are your implants as you enjoy all your favorite foods.
Will I need to miss work for dental implant surgery?
The answer to this question varies from patient to patient, depending on the type of sedation you choose, your pre-op health, and the implant site.
What if I am missing a lot of teeth?
We place implant-supported dentures for those who are missing a lot of teeth and would like what dentures provide without all the hassle. During this process, we attach a full arch prosthesis to a small number of implants.
What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?
Dental implant surgery is a minor surgical procedure, so risks and complications are very low. In fact, we’ve been performing this procedure for decades, and it has a success rate of 98%.
How long do dental implants last?
Our dental implants can last a lifetime. If well placed, as they are at our practice, and properly cared for, implants can be enjoyed as the superior teeth replacement for years.
How do I care for my implants?
The best way to care for your implants is to treat them like natural teeth: brushing twice and flossing once daily.
How much do implants cost?
There’s a wide range of costs for dental implants because every patient and their situation is unique. We understand that the cost of implants can seem overwhelming, so we offer a variety of financing options, and our expert office staff will help you determine which plan would be best for you. We are fully committed to doing all we can to ensure you have a healthy, happy smile.