Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you are missing teeth, implants will allow you to regain the ability to eat virtually anything and smile with confidence. Your new teeth will appear natural and your facial contours will be preserved.
Dental implants are changing the way people live as they allow our patients to rediscover the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life. Your questions and concerns are important to us, for more information about dental implants or to schedule a consultation appointment, call our office in San Mateo, CA at San Mateo Office Phone Number (650) 342-5721.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you feel a dental implant(s) is the choice for you, the first step is to complete a dental/radiographic examination. During the first consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Wakasa and Dr. Carlsmith, or and then you will be referred to a specialist for implant placement. We have a well orchestrated relationship with specialists in the area to ensure you receive the highest level of care.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Drs. Wakasa or Carlsmith may perform initial tooth extraction(s). Once the area has healed, the specialist will perform the actual implant surgery and bone grafting if necessary. During the healing process, Drs. Wakasa or Carlsmith will also make any temporary prosthesis needed. After osseointegration has occurred, Dr. Wakasa or Carlsmith will fabricate and fit the permanent prosthesis.
Dental Implant Procedure
The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing which act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. 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, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. At this point, you should be able to wear a temporary partial or flipper.
After the dental implant has integrated with the jaw bone, the second phase begins. Once the specialist has made their final post-operative check, they will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Wakasa or Carlsmith will then take an impression & design the final crown or implant retained denture which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.