Dental Implants offered in San Francisco

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please call our office in San Francisco, CA at West Portal Oral & Facial Surgery Center Phone Number 415-661-6006, or request an appointment online.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.


A smiling elderly man

“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Surgical Advances in Implant Dentistry

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Duncan is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Dr. Duncan performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

West Portal Oral & Facial Surgery Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 9 Dental Implants reviews.

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Patient Review By Julie F

I love West Portal! I've been coming for a year, at least, and they're always smiling, friendly and waiting to help. Dr. Duncan is by far an amazing Dr. With a great sense of humor and awesome chair-side manner! I have and will refer West Portal Oral and Facial Surgery to anyone!! Thanks West Portal…

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Patient Review By Angelique A

Your staff is amazing, specially Mina! She made me feel very comfortable. I even have my son, Dominick Antelo getting his wisdom teeth removed.

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Patient Review By Lana M

Highly recommend to anyone who may be in need of cosmetic and dental surgery. Best in the City!

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Patient Review By Dennis C

I had surgery by Dr. Patwardhan twice, first bone grafting and approximately three months later placement of two dental implants. Dr. Patwardhan is not only a brilliant surgeon, she is kind, compassionate, and sensitive to each patient's particular anxieties and needs. She called me personally after each surgery at the end of her very long…

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Patient Review By Christophe Nussbaumer

I am on my third implant with Doctor Duncan, he is gentle, extremely qualified, and has a great staff. Rescheduling appointments were never an issue. I highly recommend him.

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Patient Review By Michael R

Dr. Mugdha Patwardhan (or just Dr Pat) is wonderful - she had my tooth out before I realized it had been done. And then she calls later in the evening to find out how I'm doing! Great care.'re hardly seated in your seat in the elegant waiting room before they offer you a bottle…

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Patient Review By VIVIAN Q.

My implant felt great! If I had to do this again, Eric is my man. I wish I could get a referral to a dentist that can do as good of as job as Eric for the crown.


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Patient Review By Grant

great office!

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