San Francisco Dental Implant Dentist Answers Your Questions About How Dental Implants Function

Our San Francisco dental office hears from many people who want to learn more about replacement teeth, especially dental implants. When you come in for a consultation with our dental team we’ll be able to answer all of your questions in person. Today, however, we are going to get you started thinking about dental implants by answering some of the most commonly asked questions about this revolutionary treatment. Let’s get started!

Q: How are dental implants different than dentures or bridges?

A: The key difference between implants and other tooth replacement treatments is that dental implants are actually grounded in your jawbone. Dental implant technology allows our team to permanently implant your prosthetic using a titanium root that sits where your natural tooth root used to be. Traditional dentures and bridges sit on top of the gum tissue.

Q: I heard that titanium dental implant roots are good because of “osseointegration,” what does that mean?

A: As we’ve already mentioned, dental implants have “roots” that are made of titanium. Titanium is a uniquely beneficial substance in restorative dentistry because titanium has the ability to actually bond with natural bone tissue; this process is called osseointegration. So, once our dentist puts your implant in place, the implant root will actually start to support your jawbone.

Q: I’m missing a lot of teeth; can dental implants work for me?

A: Dental implants are suitable for many patients who are suffering from extensive tooth loss. We can, for example, use stand-alone dental implants to replace every single missing tooth. We can also place a few implant roots in strategic spots along your jawline, and then attach a full prosthetic on top of the implant roots.

Dental implant technology can help you regain a whole, healthy, and beautiful smile after tooth loss. Our San Francisco dental implant dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have!