What Are Immediate Dental Implants?

The concept of immediate dental implants is simple: if you have a missing or damaged tooth, you can potentially have a new, natural-looking replacement before family or friends notice the change. Instead of a long delay between needing and receiving care, SF Oral Surgery makes your smile whole almost instantly. Our oral surgeons place immediate dental implants in San Francisco.

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that bond with your jawbone and create a stable anchor for the new dental crown. The procedure works for many patients and can reduce their treatment time by half compared to older methods of tooth replacement.

Benefits of Immediate Dental Implants

Due to their revolutionary nature, immediate dental implants come with countless benefits and offer San Francisco patients a new lease on life because they:

  • Are a permanent solution to tooth loss – immediate dental implants are surgically placed directly into the jawbone, and as they heal, they permanently fuse to the bone. This bond allows patients to enjoy a lifelong solution to their tooth loss.
  • Completely restore oral function – because immediate dental implants are permanent, oral function is completely and totally restored. Unlike other temporary tooth-replacement options, patients do not have any dietary restrictions with immediate dental implants, so they can eat, speak, and smile with confidence! 
  • Look like natural teeth – more than their physical strength, immediate dental implants are the most natural-looking tooth-replacement system on the market. Our doctors will work with your general dentist or prosthodontist to create a solution that looks both beautiful and natural within your mouth.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Immediate Dental Implants?

Your general dentist may refer you to the specialists of SF Oral Surgery for care. You may also come see us directly, especially if you need treatment right away.

Dental implants work for a variety of San Francisco, CA patients who need replacement teeth:

  • Typically, immediate dental implant patients seek treatment after they lose teeth in an accident or when another replacement option fails.
  • SF Oral Surgeon can also provide same-day solutions to patients who have had long-term dental decay or damage. This makes it even easier for people who have been delaying treatment to seek care.
  • The major requirements for the procedure are that the patient should be in good health, be well enough for oral surgery, and should have enough bone mass for the jaw to bond with the implants.

How Immediate Dental Implants Work

After your oral surgeon develops the right approach for your procedure, they will place the implants during a surgery that will take 45 minutes or more in our San Francisco practice. The length of time depends on how many immediate dental implants you are getting, how many teeth you are replacing, and the technique the surgeon uses.

You will have the option to receive sedation during your surgery. At SF Oral Surgery, our doctors have decades of training in sedation techniques. This experience ensures that you will be unaware of any pain as they work.

Once your doctor has placed the implants, temporary crowns will be placed by your general dentist or prosthodontist. These crowns create the appearance of a complete set of teeth. By the time your procedure is over, you will be ready to leave with a restored smile. About four months later, your general practitioner dentist or prosthodontist will replace these temporary teeth with your permanent crowns.

What Is The Recovery Like for Immediate Dental Implants?

Recovery from immediate dental implants will take about four months. During this time, you will be required to modify your diet temporarily to allow your implants time to heal and fuse to your jawbone. However, because our doctors only use the latest techniques and technology to place immediate dental implants, you will only experience minor swelling and discomfort in the first days following your placement.

To ensure your healing process goes smoothly, be careful to:

  • Eat only soft foods for the first week after your surgery
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything too hot or too cold
  • Practice the recommended oral hygiene provided in your aftercare instructions
  • Avoid extreme physical activities for several days


If you need immediate dental implants and live in the San Francisco, CA area, call SF Oral Surgery at (415) 776-6710 or schedule an appointment online today.

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