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Dental Implants

Dental Implants Rancho Bernardo - Restoring Smiles with Dental Implants

Dental Implants Rancho Bernardo

When it comes to tooth replacement solutions, dental implants are the standard for modern restorative dentistry.  Implant-based restorations are successful 98% of the time, more so than dentures, bridges, crowns or any other restoration. With over 60 years of combined experience, Dr. Mary Afzali and Dr. James Sanford are recognized as leading providers of high quality dental implants to residents of Rancho Bernardo and the surrounding communities. Dr. Afzali and Dr. Sanford have helped countless patients coordinate their implant placement and provide quality aesthetic restorations.  Our team of dentists uses continuing education to utilize the most cutting edge techniques and ensure patients receive the highest quality of implant treatment

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically embedded into the jaw and gum tissue. Once placed, they are affixed with temporary crowns and allowed time to heal. Once the implants are well integrated, custom-made permanent crowns, bridges or dentures are affixed to the posts and the restoration is complete. 

Implants support the health of the patient by stimulating cell growth in the jaw, leading to a stronger bite and healthier tissue. Traditional approaches to tooth restoration, such as dentures and bridges, merely restore the teeth but not the underlying root structure. The absence of any stimulation to the jaw bone can cause the site of the missing tooth or teeth to weaken and erode. The surrounding teeth will have a tendency to sink towards the site of the missing teeth and may themselves be subject to loss due to the progressive weakening of the peripheral bone structure. Dental implants offer an effective, modern solution!

The scenarios in which dental implants may be of use are many. Among the most common are the following: 

  • Single replacements – Whether due to injury or premature tooth loss, implants may readily be placed to restore a single tooth or a limited number of missing or damaged teeth. 
  • Implant-supported dentures (All-on-Four) – For patients requiring full dentures, implants offer a more convenient, comfortable, healthier and less restrictive alternative to traditional dentures. In many cases four implants can be used to mount a full denture on either the lower or upper jaw (or both). This innovative procedure is known as “All-on-Four.”  
  • Overdentures – Overdentures are secured by using existing teeth (or implant-supported crowns) as anchor points. Using implant-supported crowns to stabilize dentures gives patients a much-valued assurance that their dentures will remain secure and not slip or fall out. 
  • Implant-supported bridges – Another way in which implant supported crowns can function as abutment teeth is through an implant-supported bridge. In addition to filling in a gap of missing teeth, implant-supported bridges stand alone and will not impact neighboring teeth.
  • Mini Implants – Mini-implants are, of course, smaller (less than 3mm in diameter) and use a unique O-ring design to connect to the adjoining crown or denture. These smaller versions are most often utilized with patients who do not have enough bone density to support standard sized dental implants.

We Are Your Dental Implant Coordinators

Dr. Afzali and Dr. Sanford at Rancho Bernardo dentistry are happy to help coordinate your journey to a stronger, healthier and more beautiful smile. We will conduct the initial assessment and, depending on your needs, we will refer you to a qualified oral surgeon or periodontist for the implant placement. Once your implants are placed we will procure the proper prosthetic and complete the restoration here at our San Diego office. 

Please contact us with any questions: 858-769-5349. You can also use our online form to request an appointment time. 



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If you want to know what I think of Dr. Afzali and her staff all you really need to know is that I live in Portland and I fly to San Diego to see Dr. Afzali for all my dental work. That might seem a bit extreme, and perhaps it is, but hear me out before you decide. A couple of years ago when I was living in the Bay Area I had to have one of my front teeth removed and dental implant inserted in its place by a dentist in the Bay Area. The implant looked a little shorter and darker than my other teeth, and even made my gum above it look a bit darker than the adjacent gum. In short, it didn't look natural. So I wasn't completely satisfied with how my smile looked, but I thought that was the best that could be done. It wasn't.

Last summer while I was in San Diego visiting my parents I went to Dr. Afzali for a routine cleaning. She examined my mouth and immediately asked me whether I was happy with the way my implant looked. When I said I wasn't, she explained that she could make it look better and possibly even indistinguishable from my other teeth. She was right. My implant looks just like my other teeth, and my gum is pink again. In fact, my new implant looks so natural that I sometimes forget it's an implant. I couldn't be happier. One final point. Dr. Afazli's entire staff is great. When I walk in they all make me feel like I'm the most important patient they have. And Julie is particularly great. Because I live in Portland my visits to Dr. Afzali's office had to me perfectly timed with receipt of the various parts necessary for my procedures. Julie made sure that everything arrived when necessary, without fail, so that no flights or appointments had to be rescheduled.

Riley P.

Recently, while on a trip from Canada to visit friends in San Diego, I broke a tooth. I phoned RB Dentistry and was given an appointment without delay. Dr. Mary Afzali was reassuring and professional and did an excellent job fixing the broken tooth. Her dental assistant, Marinette, was kind and gentle and made me feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Julie at Reception was welcoming, warm and made me laugh with her wonderful sense of humour and handled the insurance processing with no complications. Thank you so much Dr. Afzali, Mari and Julie for one of the most pleasant dental appointments I've had in a long time! Hope to see you in Vancouver, B.C. sometime!

Pam C.

I know I am in good hands with Dr. Afzali at RB Family Dentistry. The cavity fillings and tooth root fillings I got there were done so well that when I went to the Southwest College Dental Hygenist school to help out a friend, they could barely even detect the fillings! The teachers there were very impressed. At RB Family Dentistry, the staff and hygenists are friendly, organized and very knowledgable, and the Dr. always gives me as much time as I need and answers all of my questions. The office is beautiful and state-of-the-art. They never try to sell me on additional products or services that I don't need.

Scripps Ranch M

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