What Are Dental Implants?

Patients who need to provide a foundation for replacement teeth are often led to find out more about dental implants. These restorations feel, look, and function just like natural teeth once did. Patients who have lost their teeth can restore their ability to enjoy their favorite foods and smile with confidence, knowing that their facial contours are preserved and their teeth appear natural. Implants are fabricated with titanium or zirconia and are made to look like posts. These are surgically placed into the bone of the jaw where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the implant over time through osseointegration, creating an unsurpassable foundation for the artificial teeth. Dental implants can preserve facial structure by preventing bone deterioration that commonly occurs when teeth are missing or extracted. Dr. Mina Levi is one of very few dentists in the area of San Francisco who has undergone further training to place and restore zirconia implants for her patients.


Evaluation for Dental Implants

If you feel implants are right for you, Dr. Mina Levi starts with a consultation visit during which a dental and radiographic examination and complete medical history is performed. Patients will talk about their expectations and their unique needs. This consultation is essential to allowing our team to work closely with you in developing a treatment plan and expecting a successful procedure.


Metal-Free Zirconia Implants

At the practice of Dr. Mina Levi in San Francisco, we are proud to be one of the first certified dental offices in the area of California to provide the placement and restoration of Zirconia implants. Zirconia implants are commonly utilizes in Europe. Because they are extremely successful and predictable, they are becoming more popular in the United States. In fact, the FDA has approved zirconia implants for the US market. These restorations open a new frontier for dental implants by serving patients who have highly aesthetic demands or are interested in a metal-free solution. Zirconia implants are best use for patients with metal allergies. Zirconia implant optimize soft tissue integration, adaptation, and gingival response.

Dental Implant Procedure

Zirconia dental implants function as tooth root substitutions. They are placed in the jaw bone during oral surgery. Posts are attached to the implant to protrude through the gums and provide a stable anchor for the replacement teeth. Implants often require a single surgical procedure and replacement teeth can be placed immediately. The second phase is that of the placement of a small healing collar. Dr. Mina Levi starts making the new teeth with impressions and then connects posts and abutments to the implant itself. Replacement teeth are fabricated to be placed over these attachments and posts.


There are also alternatives to dental implants. They include dentures, overdentures, hybrids, veneers, bridges, crowns, aesthetic makeovers, TMJ adjustments, bruxism treatment, and occlusional equilibrations. Other cosmetic treatments that can be used to enhance the smile include teeth whitening, inlays, onlays, extractions, root canal therapy, composite fillingsInvisalign, and the treatment of periodontal disease. Our practice can be contacted at info@minalevidds.com to learn more about zirconia implants and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.