If you’ve recently lost a tooth, or teeth, due to trauma or decay, or if you’re facing an extraction appointment, you’ll soon be making decision about how to address the gap in your smile. You may know that your options include treatments such as dental bridges, dentures, or implants. However, more than ever patients are opting for implants, because they not only improve the appearance of their smile, but also to keep their mouth in its healthiest state. Dr. Terri Nguyen, a trusted San Francisco dentist, shares important information about dental implants.
It’s important to replace the missing tooth because it keeps the surrounding teeth from shifting, prevents sagging facial structure, and gives you the ability to eat, speak, and look exactly like you did before you lost the tooth.
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root and can be used if you have one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth to replace.
During the implant process, a piece of titanium is inserted into and fuses with the jawbone. Once the bone has grown around the implant, a crown is created.
The implant process will take several months and several visits to the dentist’s office. First you will have the implant placed and then you will be given time to heal and for the bone to grow. That can take several weeks to a few months. Once it’s complete, you’ll return to the office to have the crown inserted. During the time that you’re waiting for the bone to fuse and the crown to be created, you will have a temporary replacement tooth.
It’s important to note that Dr. Nguyen and her team will make sure that you’re comfortable and relaxed during the entire process. Afterwards, you may have some swelling and pain, but it is usually mild and can be treated with an over-the-counter pain reliever
Dental implants are strong and secure. Once your implant is placed it will function exactly like one of your original teeth. You will be able to eat your favorite foods and speak clearly and confidently.
Dr. Nyguen has been treating San Francisco patients for more than 20 years. Call West Portal Family Dentistry at (415) 604-9292 today to schedule a consultation and find out if implants are right for you.
A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.
A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.