Dr. Stephen G. Alfano is a specialist performing implant surgery. Balboa Island Dentistry, located on Marine Avenue, can meet the toughest implant surgery needs in a caring, welcoming environment.
Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth in the mouth. An alternative to traditional adhesive bridges or dentures, dental implants look and act like regular teeth, giving the patient a beautiful smile along with the ability to bite and chew without discomfort. Furthermore, dental implants have been shown to maintain the bone mass in the jaw and prevent the further loss of other teeth due to improper biting and tooth misalignment.
A patient may be placed under sedation to ensure their comfort throughout the procedure. A titanium screw is surgically placed into the bone of the jaw to act as the root of a natural tooth. The surgical site is then allowed to heal and the screw becomes a part of the bone, able to withstand the biting and chewing forces of the tooth that will be attached. This healing process usually takes four months during which time Dr. Alfano monitors the healing process. Once the screw has healed in place, a crown, bridge or denture can be placed on top giving the patient a beautiful, functional smile. In select cases, a temporary tooth may be placed on the implant the day of surgery.
Implant surgery can be used to secure dentures, eliminating some of the common problems associated with using adhesives. After implant surgery, dentures can still be removed for regular cleaning and hygiene procedures. They fit securely in the mouth, giving the patient the ability to bite, chew, and speak as though they have had their permanent teeth restored. With over 20 years of experience performing implant dentistry, Dr. Alfano has been on the forefront of new techniques that reduce recovery time for his patients. In addition to traditional implants, Dr. Alfano offers the All-on-4™ immediate load implants. This procedure allows four implants to be placed without waiting for the bone to heal. This revolutionary implant procedure permanently holds your dentures in place and can withstand the pressure of biting and chewing immediately. For more information on surgical implants or the All-on-4™ method, contact Balboa Island Dentistry.
"Dr. Alfano is a wonderful dentist & a very caring person as well. If you are looking for consistency & friendliness in staff, Balboa Island Dentistry is the place to go"
"Dr. Alfano...did a wonderful job with my problem tooth. I cannot say enough about his “chair side” mannerand his familiarity with my situation."
"Very happy with Dr. Alfano. He has a way with injections to make them not hurt! Very professional yet very friendly office."
“Very satisfied. Entire staff is professional & friendly.”
“Dr. Alfano is really really good! Had crowns replaced. The doctor was great ! No pain in administering the shot. I am happy with him.”
"The exceptional care combined with the staff’s focus on their patients’ needs and comfort have earned my respect and kudos!”
“The staff was very informative. Everyone in the office is always helpful and informed”
“The office staff is all so nice and helpful, always! I never have to wait for my appointment, always very prompt.”
"Dr. Alfano makes visits to the dentist (almost) a pleasure. I hope he's in practice for as long as I need a dentist."
"Love all the wonderful friends that greet me at the office. Not like any other office."
"Without a doubt the best care my teeth & gums have ever had!"
"Dr. Alfano seems to be a great successor to Dr. Ballback and all of the exceptional staff is still there."
"A special thank you to Dr. Alfano for the fabulous dental work. We would highly recommend him to anyone needing dental care."
"This dentist is as good as it gets."
Dr. Alfano's staff is top rate. He does a great job for his patients.