You lost a tooth. Now what? Many San Francisco, California area patients who are faced with tooth loss are unsure of how they should proceed. There are several tooth replacement options available today, including temporary and permanent. A popular option is the dental implant, which can replace one or more teeth, depending on how it is used. But are dental implants a temporary replacement option or a permanent option? Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh can explain!
First, understanding a dental implant is the first step in deciding if it is the most appropriate treatment for you. An implant is a titanium post that acts as a tooth root replacement. Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh place the implant during oral surgery directly into the bone of the jaw. Preparations to do so include x-rays to ensure the patient has sufficient bone for successful placement. When a dental implant is placed in the jawbone, it stimulates the body’s natural production of bone through osseointegration. The bone wraps around the implant to keep it firmly in place, allowing it to function as a natural tooth once did. The abutment over the implant is then restored based on the needs of the patient.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. This is because they become a part of the body after the bone grows around them during osseointegration. Patients love dental implants because of their longevity, which makes them a smart investment for many adults. However, if patients are interested in a short-term option, considerations such as partial dentures may be recommended.
Dental implants have many advantages. They:
Dental implants are the solution of choice for many of our patients. If you live in or around San Francisco, CA and want to work with an experienced team of providers to have dental implants placed, call Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry at (415) 604-9292.
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.