Dental Implant FAQs in Marin County, California



Dental implants are one of the most popular dental surgical techniques currently on the market. Dental implants have a 98% success rate and are the best dental treatment for missing teeth. Dr. Seda is one of the leading specialists providing dental implants in Marin County. We want our patients to understand dental implants, and why it is important to visit a trained specialist for implants compared to a general dentist.

What are Dental Implants?

What exactly are dental implants and how do they work? Dental implants are made from titanium or other reliable material and the cylindrical or tapered post is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The dental implant will then bond with the tooth, making it strong and solid to support the pressure applied while chewing.

What are dental implants made of?

Implants are comprised of three parts: a post, an abutment, and a crown. The posts are made of biocompatible titanium while the crown is generally made of porcelain and colored to look like your natural teeth.

Dental implants, when placed by a periodontist in Marin County, can last a lifetime! Find out if you are a candidate now.

Why are why are dental implants beneficial?

Dental implants include several benefits besides providing you with a replacement tooth. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, keeping the bones strong. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants will function just like a traditional tooth, making them easy to maintain and will last a lifetime. Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite foods, and you don’t need to worry about taking them out overnight to soak like you do with dentures.

Why should a periodontist be used over a dentist?

Recently, there has been a trend of general dentists learning how to do dental implants. Most general dentists offering dental implants in San Rafael do not have the years of training as a periodontist like Dr. Seda. Years of experience handling dental implant procedures give us a significant advantage understanding bone structure, density, and how to properly place an implant to prevent failure. Periodontists attend years of additional schooling to learn this skilled technique, which will provide you with a better outcome and success rate.

How do I get a dental implant?

The dental implant process will begin by scheduling a consultation in our office. We will take x-rays to evaluate the bone density to determine if it is strong enough to support a dental implant. We can then discuss the dental implant options available for your situation. We will then create a patient treatment plan unique for your situation.
After the consultation appointment, patients will then receive the treatment schedule. Based on your situation, you may need bone grafting prior to the implant. If the implant is healthy, the implant will be placed into the jawbone. The procedure normally takes an hour depending upon the overall health of your jawbone and how it responds. Following the implant, we prefer to let the area heal prior to follow-up visits where we can place a finished crown to the implant, leaving you with a perfect smile once again.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants will vary based on your dental insurance plan and the amount of treatment needed. Dental implant costs for a single tooth are less than the all-on-4 dental treatment, which can replace six teeth or more at one time. The best way to provide you with a cost is to contact our office and schedule a consultation to review your oral health history.

Why Choose Us?

Dr. Seda is a licensed periodontist, which means he specializes in dental implants and gum disease treatment. Dental implants are so successful because only periodontists have the training to perform the surgery.

When you come into our office, you can trust that we will address your concerns and questions about dental implants, and provide excellent treatment. Want to know if you qualify? Give us a call today and ask! We will be happy to answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Seda. 

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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime. Dental implants are not vulnerable to dental disease like tooth decay, which gives them a higher success rate. For a dental implant to be successful, dental patients need to care for their overall oral health. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums will go a long way in ensuring your implant will be successful. Regular cleanings and examinations will ensure the success of the dental implant. Contact a San Rafael periodontist if you do have concerns about your oral health and dental implant success.

What is the all-on-4 dental implant?

If you have several teeth that have been extracted, you may be a candidate for the all-on-4 dental implant procedure. This procedure is designed to replace all of the teeth in your jaw by installing 4 dental implants to hold the prosthetic teeth in place. Patients with a significant amount of bone loss in the mouth have a higher success rate in using the all-on-4 dental implants as it does provide a permanent solution for missing teeth. The other benefit is that patients will no longer need dentures, so you do not have the appointments to adjust your dentures, and you will not have the pain that can occur if the dentures rub the gums incorrectly.

Can I remove dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent so they cannot be removed from the mouth once they are in place. If you do have the all-on-4 implant to replace dentures, you will have different at-home care instructions. However, the implants are relatively easy to care for with daily brushing, flossing, and mouth rinse. Keeping the gums healthy is essential to successful dental implants.
Dental implants can be used for patients with dentures. If you have a removable denture, the implant can snap onto the implant. A partial or full denture that snaps into place is easier to maintain and can prevent the need to use denture glue or adhesive. Dental implants used as a fixed denture can only be removed by a Marin county Periodontist like Dr. Seda.

Should I Consider Dental Implants?

If you want a long-lasting result for missing teeth, dental implants are the best solution. Not only do they provide you with a permanent solution, they allow you to have healthy, natural looking teeth once again. Dental implants are strong and durable and will provide benefits to the jaw bone by keeping it strong and healthy. If the jaw bone does not have a tooth root or an implant, it will start to diminish. The jaw bone the starts to dishing will become frail and you can end up seeing your cheeks begin to shrink in due to bone loss.


Dr. Seda, a periodontist located in Marin County, CA, services patients from Marin County, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Larkspur, Ross and San Anselmo. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!



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