Dental Implants Specialist

Daniel D Barry III, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Dental implants can not only restore your smile, but they also preserve bone tissue and keep your teeth from shifting. If you have a missing tooth or one or more that need to be replaced, Daniel D. Barry III, DDS, has extensive experience in performing dental implant procedures. Dr. Barry’s office in Union Square, San Francisco cares for you from the beginning of your implant, all the way through the shaping of your final crown. You can have your entire dental implant completed under one roof.

Dental Implants Q & A

Why would I need a dental implant?

You might want to consider a dental implant if you had a tooth pulled, had a tooth knocked out, or broke a tooth. Implants preserve your jawbone tissue and prevent teeth from shifting. An implant can improve your:

  • Smile and appearance
  • Chewing, speaking, and swallowing abilities
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Overall oral health

If an implant is replacing dentures, you also won’t have to worry about any more pain and discomfort caused by removable dental fixtures, and one implant post can support up to four prosthetic teeth.

How long does it take to get a dental implant?

The amount of time the implant process takes can vary depending on how quickly you heal, or whether you need multiple implants. Dr. Barry first removes any residual root or portion of the broken tooth, if necessary, and surgically places the implant post into your jawbone.

A temporary crown or bridge over the post will provide time for the gum tissue to heal -- from 6-12 weeks -- before Dr. Barry places a permanent crown or bridge. After your gums heal and the tissue is strong enough to hold a permanent fixture, you are ready to have the crown or bridge placed.

Dr. Barry likes to see you back for one additional visit after your permanent “tooth” is attached, to ensure the fit is correct for you. He can then make necessary adjustments and file down any areas that are affecting your bite or your comfort.

Are dental implants painful?

Dr. Barry and his team ensure that your dental implant procedure is as quick and painless as possible.

If you've ever had a deep cavity filled, or have been through a root canal, you're not going to have any problems getting a dental implant. The initial surgical placement of your implant can be uncomfortable, although you shouldn't be in any excruciating pain.

Not only does Dr. Barry thoroughly numb the treatment area, but he also provides alternative options to help you relax. You can request conscious sedation dentistry options, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), IV (intravenous) sedation, or oral sedation. Dr. Barry can go over these choices with you during your implant consultation.

Book your dental implant consultation by calling the office of Daniel D. Barry III, DDS, in San Francisco, or using the book online feature.