Dr. Joseph Field, DDS, FAAID, FICOI, FAGD, DABOI/ID specializes in dental implants, IV sedation, and esthetic restoration, but he’s much more than an expert in just implants: he’s distinguished for his gentle and caring chairside manner, his overall proficiency and his use of advanced dental technology to guarantee the best clinical results.
Dr. Field is committed to providing a stress-free dental implant placement experience for his patients. Widely recognized for his calm and personable communication, Dr. Field is not only adept at putting patients at ease and helping them feel comfortable, but he also offers a variety of additional relaxation options – from aromatherapy and paraffin treatment to IV sedation – to guarantee his patients a calm and relaxing experience.
Dr. Joseph Field, DDS is the ideal dentist for anyone who is afraid of the dentist, nervous about dental implant surgery, and adamant about receiving the very best in dental care.
Dr. Field has achieved a nearly unmatched level of skill in dentistry: his Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry (DABOI/ID) – signifies the highest level of competence in implant dentistry. He’s also one of the few implant specialists to offer zirconia implant for metal allergies. In addition, Dr. Field is an Invisalign Elite Provider (one of a very small number of general dentists to achieve this top designation of Invisalign proficiency), and a certified IV sedation specialist.
Due to his ability to combine orthodontic cases with implant dentistry, Dr. Field is able to restore patients’ smiles even in the most extreme cases. With a combination of cutting-edge dental implant technology like iTero digital scanning for perfectly fitting restorations and CERAC for same-day dental care, plus state-of-the-art esthetic techniques, Dr. Field helps his patients achieve a natural, healthy, and permanent smile. For patients missing some or all of their teeth, Dr. Field can provide single, multiple, or full-mouth dental implants to help patients restore their smile for good.
Dr. Field credits his success to his education, both past and present. He completed his B.S. Physiology at Brigham Young University, and then went on to pursue his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. His passion for continuing education has driven him to pursue several other designations which have expanded his expertise allowing him to provide the best quality patient care and clinical outcomes:
A Los Altos native, Dr. Field takes pride in getting to know his patients, understanding their needs, and giving back to the community: when he’s not providing his patients with the best, most modern dental implant and Invisalign treatment, Dr. Field makes time to host free dental implant seminars for the local community, or joins up with the entire PCCD team to offer free dental care to Bay Area veterans.
When he’s not working, Dr. Field enjoys contributing to dental journals and pursuing his interests in photography and website design. Outside the office, you’re most likely to find him golfing, playing basketball, hiking or camping, and attending sporting events with his family.
Many of our Bay Area, CA patients seem to believe that because of the amazing results possible with dental implants, the treatment process must be complicated. Fortunately, Dr. Field’s process is simple: he utilizes a 5-step implant process that has proven capable of providing our many patients with quality replacement teeth they can’t help but show off. We encourage you to read on to learn more about our implant process and what each step of it entails.
Step 1: The Consultation
Your dental implant procedure begins with a consultation with Dr. Field. During your consultation, Dr. Field will perform a thorough examination of your oral health in order to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for treatment with dental implants and, if so, which implant treatment might be best for your needs. At this point, your doctor will also take the time to determine whether or not you might need a supplemental procedure before you will be able to have an implant placed in your jawbone.
Step 2 (Optional): Supplemental Procedures
Some patients require a supplemental procedure before they are able to move forward with the dental implant process. These patients may not be able to support implants because their jawbone has deteriorated or their gums have receded to the point where they cannot provide the foundation required for implants to succeed. Fortunately, we can perform a procedure such as bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation in order to restore your oral health back to the point where it can support your dental implants.
Step 3: The Implant Procedure
If your oral health checks out, you will be ready for the dental implant procedure. During your procedure, an implant fixture is placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth root. Once in place, the area will then be stitched up so that it can heal properly. At this point, your doctor may choose to attach an abutment and temporary replacement crown to your implant fixture. However, it is not uncommon to wait until after the recovery period before having any other pieces attached to the fixture.
Step 4: The Recovery Period
Once your implant fixture is in place, it will require four to six months of recovery time before you can move on to the next stage of the dental implant process. The reason why so much time is required for your implant to heal is because of the process of osseointegration, which occurs as your implant fixture recovers. Osseointegration works to see that your implant fixture fuses to your jawbone, which allows your body to manipulate your fixture just like it would one of your natural tooth roots. This process is possible because the titanium alloy that implants are made from is not recognized by your body as unnatural.
Step 5: The Restoration
Once your implant fixture is properly healed, you will return to our practice in order to have your replacement tooth attached. At this point, the abutment will also be placed if it wasn’t already attached during a prior appointment. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, your restoration can take the form of a porcelain crown, a dental bridge, or an overdenture. Your chosen restoration will be custom made for you based on scans we will take of your remaining natural teeth. This allows us to provide our patients with beautiful replacement teeth that fit in perfectly with their remaining natural teeth, ensuring that no one will even be able to notice that some of your teeth are artificial.
Begin Your Dental Implant Process in the Bay Area
If you are currently missing teeth and would like to learn more about the dental implant process, please contact our office and schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Joe Field today. We want to help you regain your beautiful smile, and we believe that dental implants provide the best possible way of doing so. Do not hesitate to start the implant process; contact us today.
Dental implants are one of the best treatment options for restoring missing or broken teeth, and are becoming a popular choice among patients looking to restore their smile. Dental implants dental implants look natural, and feel and function just like your normal teeth. And because they’re fused with your jaw bone, your dental implants are permanent, giving you a beautiful, perfect smile that lasts a lifetime.
Most patients report that neither the dental implant process nor the healing period is as bad as they expected. Dr. Field goes above and beyond to ensure the comfort of all his patients. You’ll be provided with dark glasses to offset the overhead lights, headphones to drown out sound (especially important for patients who feel unease at the sound of the drill), and you can also opt for additional services like aromatherapy, chair massages, and paraffin wax hand treatment.
During the implant procedure, Dr. Field will administer local anesthetic or IV sedation so that you’ll feel no pain while your implant is being placed.
As your recover from your implant surgery, you may feel some pain and swelling, but the discomfort is usually mild enough to be managed with over the counter medications. Pain-sensitive patients are always encouraged to ask Dr. Field about prescription medications and other pain-reducing techniques to help ease the recovery process.
Getting dental implants to replace missing or broken teeth doesn’t mean you have to put your life on hold. Dr. Field can often provide same-day treatment, so you leave the office with beautiful, natural-looking teeth in a matter of hours. While you may experience 24-48 hours of discomfort immediately following your surgery. If you follow the after-care instructions provided by Dr. Field, you should experience a quick and relatively painless recovery,with most post-op symptoms subsiding in a matter of days, or up to a few weeks.
Yes! Many people have metal sensitivities and allergies, while others simply prefer not to use metal implants. Dr. Field works with both titanium and zirconia implants, so if you have metal allergies or would prefer metal-free implants, feel free to ask Dr. Field about the best options for you during your consultation. And remember that no matter which type of implant you choose–be it titanium of zirconia–your dental implants will be just as strong as your original teeth (if not stronger), and provide you with a permanent, natural-looking smile.
The cost of treatment depends on whether you need a single dental implant or multi-unit implants. For more complex procedures such as full mouth restorations and dental implants and Invisalign combination treatments, costs also tend to vary.
While patients tend to worry that dental implants will break the bank, most are pleasantly surprised to discover that implants are actually quite affordable.
Whatever you do, don’t forgo the treatment you need simply because of financial concerns. Dental implants do more than fix missing teeth and restore your smile: they’re a permanent investment in your oral health and your overall health. We help our patients from all over the Bay Area pay for their dental implants, and we work with a variety of budgets. We’ll help you maximize your dental benefits and show you the many options available to finance your treatment.
If you have concerns about paying for dental implants, see our Costs and Financing page for more information. Our goal is to make dental implants affordable for all of our Bay Area patients, and we’ll work with you tomake sure that you get the treatment you need.
Our goal is to make dental implants affordable for all of our Bay Area patients, and we’ll work with you to make sure that you get the treatment you need.
Our patients are not limited to Los Altos. We see people from all over California’s greater Bay Area, so it’s entirely feasible for you to travel to our office for an implant procedure.