Dental Implants Specialist

Westborough Dental Care

Kristina Zoulas, D.D.S.

Dentist located in South San Francisco, CA

Dental implants are an affordable way to improve a person's smile if they have broken or missing teeth. At Westborough Dental Care, Dr. Kristina Zoulas has specialized training when it comes to dental implants and implant technology. The doctor and her staff offer their services to residents living in the greater South San Francisco, California area. Dr. Zoulas has an additional year of education dedicated to socket shield technique and PET (partial extraction technique). Dr. Kristina Zoulas is one of only a handful of Northern California dentists trained in this technique. PET often eliminates the need for additional bone grafting and surgeries in order to place a dental implant in the front of the mouth and get a consistent natural looking smile.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant uses a small titanium or stainless steel rod that's inserted directly into the jaw bone and topped with a ceramic or porcelain crown. Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been damaged or lost due to illness or injury. When a tooth is lost, the open area or void draws nearby teeth towards it. It's the body's way of trying to fill in the gap. The problem with this is that the alignment of the teeth is disrupted and can damage the surfaces of other teeth. It can also cause erosion within the TMJ joint making it painful to chew or speak. When a dental implant is put in place of the missing tooth or teeth, proper alignment is restored and the smile is improved.

What is PET?

Partial extraction technique, PET, preserves the structure of the jaw and prevents bone loss. The procedure helps to maintain the jaw's natural appearance. The jaw will look exactly like it did when the tooth was still in place. With the majority of the bone still in place, dental implants can be used to restore the look of a full set of teeth. Mini implants can be used in this situation. Much like the larger implants, a smaller metal rod is used and the crowns that are used in place of the teeth are designed to snap onto the top of the rod. This allows the appliance to be easily removed and cleaned.

Are dental implants designed to be permanent?

Dental implants are designed to be permanent. The small metal rod is placed directly into the jaw bone so that the bone can remodel around it and hold it firmly in place. Dental implants are often used when the rest of the teeth are perfectly healthy and there's no sign of decay or damage. Individuals who may be looking at additional tooth extractions may want to avoid dental implants, especially if they're considering dentures. Dental implants provide stability to the structure of the jaw and allow the person to maintain the alignment of their teeth for many years to come. If other implants are needed, they can be easily incorporated without fear of disrupting the jaw. Implants also help keep the joints of the jaw in alignment.