Dental Implants

Implant Dentistry in Santa Barbara

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

Please call Dr. Hall, Dr. Bienstock or Dr. Jones at one of their Santa Barbara oral surgery offices to discuss dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?


The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Drs. Hall, Bienstock or Jones will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes three to four months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

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.

Dental Implants Presentation

Surgical Advances in Dental Implants

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. Hall, Bienstock or Jones are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of eight weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. In some instances a temporary tooth can be attached on the same day the implant is placed. This is especially advantageous in areas of esthetic concerns.

Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Drs. Hall, Bienstock or Jones perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, your restorative dentist fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist may also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Drs. Hall, Bienstock or Jones perform in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw or hip.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental Implant Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the dental implant process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about dental implants.

Dental Implant Overview

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?

The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

Santa Barbara Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

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An excellent experience from start to finish

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The best! I was very impressed with the caring staff and professionalism of Dr B!

- Courtney G

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I was a little apprehensive when starting the procedure because I have problems swallowing when my mouth gets dry. The doctor was very accommodating and Jackie kept squirting water in my mouth at frequent intervals which was a tremendous help. The procedure was fast and easy with no bleeding or discomfort. My worry was in vain. Overall I had an outstanding experience. Thank you for great service

- Bobbi B

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Dr Hall was calm very gentle empathetic to my nervous condition. I liked being kept informed during the procedure.

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Living in Goleta, it is really nice that I was able to have almost everything, except the X-ray, done at the Patterson office.

- Carol M

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My experience has always been very good and he makes you feel very much at ease.

- John V

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They made me feel comfortable and well informed, very proficient

- Margaret L

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Excellent skill and service by doctor and assistants.

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I've been delighted with the easy, friendly atmosphere and excellent care I've received in Dr. Bienstock's office. The days of 'fear and dread' are long past; the whole process from extraction to implant has been unexpectedly pleasant!

- Susan E

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All perfect

- Mimi greenberg

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Dr. Hall is a wonderful Oral Surgeon!! I needed bone grafting surgery and dental implants. I really unexpectedly enjoyed the process thanks to the skill of Dr. Hall and all of the staff that I came into contact with at Santa Barbara Oral Surgery. The bone grafts were completely painless, as I opted for anesthesia. I didn’t have any bruising or pain afterwards. Waiting for the grafts to take and then implants was a lengthy process, and not cheap but really worth every penny. All of the staff I met at both offices was really friendly and helpful. The office on Pedregosa does have the bonus of an amazing aquarium. I am so pleased with the final result. I can smile, eat apples and don’t have to think about failing teeth or worse dental appliances.

- G S

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Hall is a wonderful Oral Surgeon!! I needed bone grafting surgery and dental implants. I really unexpectedly enjoyed the process thanks to the skill of Dr. Hall and all of the staff that I came into contact with at Santa Barbara Oral Surgery. The bone grafts were completely painless, as I opted for anesthesia. I didn’t have any bruising or pain afterwards. Waiting for the grafts to take and then implants was a lengthy process, and not cheap but really worth every penny. All of the staff I met at both offices was really friendly and helpful. The office on Pedregosa does have the bonus of an amazing aquarium. I am so pleased with the final result. I can smile, eat apples and don’t have to think about failing teeth or worse dental appliances.

- G S

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