The Dental Implant Expert in San Francisco
Dr. Castaneda has restored over 10,000 dental implants, and is a leading expert in the art of the cosmetic dental implant procedure. People from all parts of the world have come to Dr. Castaneda as she is highly recognized as one of the top leading experts in the field of cosmetic dentistry. She is the dentist of dentists, and mentor to other top cosmetic dentists in the field of cosmetic dentistry.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are root-shaped, metal anchors that are embedded under the gums and supported by jaw bone. Over these implants are secured bridges or dentures that give maximum function, just like the function of natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The “crown” of a tooth is the visible part and the root of the tooth anchors the crown from beneath the jawbone. The root provides strong support to the crown. With tooth loss, the jawbone starts shrinking. With crowns, or removable dentures secured with dental implants, the shrinkage process ceases. These are the primary benefits of Dental Implants:
- Provide natural appearance and function of teeth
- Provide strong bonding with living tissues
- Provide the permanent replacement of teeth giving a natural tooth.
- Dental Implants restore proper chewing function.
- Reliable and an excellent option for replacement
- Never develop decay
- Preserve the jawbone
- Help increase self confidence.
Candidate for Dental Implant
You are a candidate for dental implants if you have healthy jawbone structure and are missing one or more teeth. If you are missing only one or two teeth, dental implants can eliminate the need for grinding down adjacent teeth to support a conventional bridge. And if you are missing many teeth, dental implants can eliminate the need for a cumbersome, removable denture.
Dental Implant Procedure
The first step of the dental implant procedure is to determine if you have sufficient quality bone making you a good candidate for dental implants. The second phase in the dental implant procedure is to place the dental implants where needed. When the dental implants are placed into your jawbone, they are left to heal for 4 to 6 months. In the last phase of the dental implant procedure, Dr. Castaneda completes the treatment with a fixed porcelain restoration that will function and look like your own teeth.
The restoration can be a single tooth or can replace all the teeth in one jaw if all the teeth are missing.
Contact our San Francisco Office today if you would like more information or to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Osseointegrated Titanium Dental Implants
Osseointegrated Titanium Dental Implantation is a modern technique in which titanium dental implants are placed in the jaw and become integrated with the bone. The new dental implants are positioned in a site prepared into the bone and left undisturbed for four to six months. The internal portion of these implants is threaded in order for the dental prosthesis to be attached with small screws. Treatment indications range from a single tooth implant to an implant supported full denture. The requirements of function, durability and cosmetics are well met with the successful placement of dental implants.
Teeth In One Day
In special circumstances, Dr. Castaneda may determine that you are a candidate for placing your teeth on the same day you get your implants. Don’t believe what you hear on TV, not all patients are good candidates for “Immediate Implants”. Putting biting forces, known as “immediate loading” may compromise the healing process (integration) and can result in failure of the implants.