Dental Implants

Many treatment options are available to replace missing teeth, but dental implants are among the top choices. An implant replaces an entire tooth and root, creating the most durable tooth replacement. Our coastside implant dentist has extensive training in placing dental implants in Half Moon Bay.

All on Four demonstration on mockup jawline.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a metal post made from biocompatible materials. It is an FDA-approved medical device with two parts: a body and an abutment. Some implants also require an abutment fixation screw. Dental implants in Half Moon Bay require the surgical placement of the implant body into the jawbone, where it acts as the tooth's root.

Your dentist attaches the abutment to the implant body using the fixation screw. This piece sticks out through the gum tissue and appears in the mouth. The screw supports an attached artificial tooth.

Benefits of a Dental Implant

After your Half Moon Bay dentist places the implant, you gain the following benefits:

Surrounding bone and gum tissues remain healthy
Ability to chew better
Improved cosmetic appearance
Reduced chances of the jawbone shrinking
Stability of adjacent teeth

Custom dental implants are an ideal solution for missing teeth because they restore your smile, improve your confidence, and enhance your quality of life.

Adult male patient reviewing dental implant in handheld mirror

Single Tooth Dental Implant

To avoid traditional bridge restorations, you can replace a single tooth to preserve the adjacent teeth. But you must have a comprehensive examination before being considered as a candidate. We'll also complete a thorough review of your medical history because certain conditions could prevent you from undergoing this procedure.

If you have adequate bone levels, your jaw will be strong enough to support the implant. Otherwise, you may need to complete bone grafting, which is a separate procedure. This process replaces missing bone in your jaw with a grafting material that will encourage regeneration.

Once there is enough bone density to maintain an implant, you can move forward with the implant placement. Dental implants are available in specific lengths and widths, ensuring you have a suitably sized post to support your oral health.

Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry uses CBCT cone beam 3D imaging to determine your precise jaw dimensions before your implant surgery. From there, our team can choose the best implant for replacing the tooth. A molar, for example, does most of the work to chew your food, making a larger implant the ideal choice.

All-on-Four Dental Implants

Standard dental implants are inserted into the bone and given time to fuse together. This process, called osseointegration, allows the implant to become a part of your body and stabilize your new teeth. However, it could take up to eight posts for a full arch tooth replacement.

All-on-Four dental implants are more conservative but create the same results as conventional titanium posts. This approach uses four strategically placed screws to retain a denture in your mouth. Because the procedure is less invasive, the recovery time is typically shorter and more manageable.

Choosing All-on-Four implants provides you with the following benefits:

Secure and stable dentures for chewing and talking
Prevents your jawbone from deteriorating
No bone loss, reducing the need for a future denture reline

Although they are less invasive, All-on-Four dental implants are durable and, with proper care, could last a lifetime.

Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry Staff group shot

What Makes Us Different

Getting dental implants can be a big decision for our patients. But you can trust that your Half Moon Bay dentist will make the process as comfortable as possible. We always listen to our patient's concerns and create custom treatment plans.

Our team will ensure you know the details of your implant treatment from start to finish and answer any questions throughout the process.

Location & Hours

Half Moon Bay

780 Purissima St. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-2156
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