Dental Implants in San Rafael, Novato, & Marin County
Best Implant Dentist 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 one of the most successful advances in restorative dentistry. They give many people the chance to replace missing teeth with an affordable, permanent alternative to bridges and dentures. You can eat anything you like without worrying about slipping or clicking prosthetics with dental implants. You can also smile and laugh without self-consciousness, knowing your replacement teeth look natural and feel great.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws or posts placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Over several months, the surrounding jawbone fuses with the implant, forming a solid foundation for artificial teeth. Once the implants are integrated with the jawbone, abutments are attached. These are metal clips that connect the implant to a permanent crown, which replaces the visible part of missing teeth.
Dental implants not only replace any missing teeth with natural-looking replacement teeth, but they also help preserve the bone structure of the face and jawbone and prevent the shifting of any remaining teeth. But for most patients, the most significant advantage of dental implants is not having to worry about or care for dentures or dental bridges.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
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Tooth Implant Process
The tooth implant process can be lengthy, but the results are well worth the time. The results look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, making it easy to go about your daily life without worrying about your teeth.
The first step is placing the implants in your jawbone. This is a surgical procedure done in our office operating suite under strict conditions for your safety. Over three to six months, your jawbone gradually bonds with the titanium implants to create a foundation for replacement teeth.
After the implants are placed, you wear a temporary denture so that no one knows any teeth are missing. During the healing period, you can eat a soft diet for comfort. During this time, we create a beautiful set of permanent dentures, a bridge, or individual crowns that are ready to attach once your implants have fully integrated with your jawbone.
When the implants have healed and your replacement teeth are completed, we attach the new teeth to the implants using abutments (small metal clips or collars to connect the two pieces permanently). The process takes between six and eight months, from the initial appointment to the final results for most patients. However, the benefits are tremendous. The results can last a lifetime, renewing your self-confidence and restoring your ability to eat whatever you like without worry or embarrassment.
Dental Implant Game
The Kantor Dental Implants Advantage
Some patients referred to our care are surprised to discover that our dentists can handle their entire tooth implant process. While many oral surgeons and dentists perform one task – either the implant surgery or the design and placement of the crowns or fixed denture – we are with our patients through every step of the process.
We perform the surgery, design your crowns or permanent denture, and install the final product. There is no need for referrals. You will be comfortable and cared for at our offices, supported by our kind and experienced staff. Dental anxiety is minimized because there is no need to work with different dentists for each stage of the dental implant process.
Benefits of Choosing Dental Implants
There are several options for replacing missing teeth, but most of our patients choose implants after learning about them. There are benefits to implants that you do not find with bridges or dentures, including:
Preventing Bone Loss
Your jawbone begins losing mass almost immediately after you lose your teeth. Without stimulating the roots of your teeth pressing into the jaw when you chew, the bone deteriorates. Dental implants are the only restorative procedure that helps maintain a healthy jawbone.
We work closely with our patients to create crowns or fixed dentures that match your natural teeth. Color matching, sculpting, and 3D design software work together, so your replacement teeth look like the real thing, and your secret is safe with us.
Restores Your Ability to Bite
Bite force is the strength used by your teeth and jaw when chewing. Dental implants give you the same bite force you have with natural teeth, making it easier to eat whatever you like. Other options reduce your bite force because dentures and other appliances sit on the gums and are not held in place.
Maintains Your Normal Appearance
Missing teeth lead not only to the deterioration of the jawbone but also to the collapse of your face’s contours. As a result, you look older than your age, and your face appears sunken. Dental implants maintain the natural shape of your face.
Makes Speaking Easier
Dentures and bridges are notorious for causing speech problems, including shifting and clicking, which can be embarrassing and difficult for others to understand you. Dental implants ensure that you can speak clearly at all times.
It can be a chore to care for dental bridges or dentures. If you are like most people, you get tired of cleaning dentures, soaking them overnight, and having to remove them at night. Dental implants do not require the same kind of special care. You brush and floss them the same way you do natural teeth, so there is no need to worry about a complex cleaning process.
Artificial teeth are made of ceramic, porcelain, and other materials that cannot develop cavities. Although you still need to care for your implants properly to prevent infection along the gum line, you will never have to get a filling.
Implants Support Remaining Teeth
If you have a gap in your teeth, the teeth on either side of your missing tooth may shift, leading to misalignment that can negatively affect our ability to eat and speak clearly. It may also lead to the need for braces to correct uneven teeth. Dental implants fill the gap for a straight smile.
Permanent Solution for Tooth Loss
If you are looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss, a tooth implant procedure may be the right solution for you. You need to repair and replace dentures and bridges periodically, which can add up quickly. However, our dental implants are meant to last for the rest of your life.
To schedule a consultation regarding dental implants and how they can restore your smile, please call our office at (415) 492-1616 or use our simple online appointment request form. Our doctors will evaluate your teeth and jawbone and determine if dental implants are right for you.