Dental Implants

Doctors reviewing xray for dental implants - Novato oral Surgery

At some point in their lives, most Americans will lose at least one permanent tooth. But thanks to dental implants, you can find a sturdy tooth replacement at Novato Oral Surgery located in Novato, California. Call the office today to schedule a dental implants consultation or book your appointment conveniently online.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement artificial tooth roots that fuse directly with your jawbone. Because the small titanium post is secured into your jawbone, it acts as a sturdy base for a few dental prosthetics such as crowns and even dentures. They are used to replace missing teeth and go directly into the empty socket left from your tooth loss. 

What is the process for getting dental implants?

If you’re planning on getting dental implants, you’ll need a few appointments at Novato Oral Surgery. At your first visit, your oral surgeon will take scans and X-rays of your mouth. It’s important to make sure you have enough jawbone strength and density to support the implant. Luckily, even if your bone isn’t strong enough, the Novato Oral Surgery team can perform a bone graft procedure to help strengthen your jawbone.

At your next visit, your provider implants the titanium rod into your jawbone and stitches your gums up around it. The process isn’t painful as you’ll be under local anesthetic and sedation is offered if you choose. It takes three to six months for your new implant to fully fuse to your jawbone. 

When your implant is fully secured, you’ll return to the office so your surgeon can attach the abutment and prepare your jaw for your crown or dentures. 

Why should I choose dental implants?

There are several reasons to choose dental implants over other dental prosthetics or leaving an empty space where your tooth used to be. Some of these include:

  • Your crown or dentures won’t slip in your mouth
  • Better speech
  • Greater chewing ability
  • They last a lifetime
  • Care for them just like your natural teeth
  • Prevents bone loss

If you think dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, call Novato Oral Surgery today, or schedule your appointment online. 

If you think dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, call Novato Oral Surgery today, or schedule your appointment online.

Our doctors who provide this service

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Susan Snyder, DDS

Susan Snyder, DDS, MD, is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in jaw alignment, wisdom teeth removal, facial reconstruction, oral pathology, and more. She takes the necessary time to make sure all her patients feel comfortable taking the time to explain each procedure and viable treatment options.

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Mahr Elder, DDS

Mahr Elder, DDS, MD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in TMJ disorders, jaw trauma, dental implants, and much more. He belongs to the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and values volunteer work both abroad and right here in Marin County where he provides free orthodontic care through the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.