Dr. Kirk Pasquinelli received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry (UCSF). He completed a general practice hospital-based residency at Mount Zion Medical Center and remained on the hospital dental and training staff while also practicing restorative dentistry in San Francisco. He received his periodontal training at the University of Washington in Seattle.
He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, Division of Graduate Prosthodontics and has taught continuing dental education at both UCSF and the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He is on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy as well as the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education.
Dr. Pasquinelli continues to teach select groups nationally and internationally and has authored numerous articles in periodontal and restorative dentistry literature. He is a consultant for the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry as well as the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.
Since 1988, Dr. Pasquinelli has maintained a private practice in downtown San Francisco dedicated to periodontics, esthetic and pre-prosthetic oral surgery, as well as dental implants.
Dental implants are an ideal solution for missing teeth. But how do they work? Dr. Pasquinelli and Dr. Olivares are here to answer all your questions regarding this life changing procedure.
Your natural tooth consists of a root hidden below the gum line and your tooth that sits on top of the root. A dental implant consists of the same components but with a slight difference. The root of the implant is made of state-of-the-art titanium, a biocompatible material that naturally bonds with your jaw bone. Once the implant is placed then a custom-made crown is placed on top to restore your chewing and speaking capabilities.
Dr. Pasquinelli and Dr. Olivares have enjoyed advanced training, allowing them to perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. They work alongside oral and maxillofacial surgeons and your restorative dentist.
Less expensive restorative procedures such as a denture or dental bridge require repair or replacing every 5-10 years, whereas modern dental implants are state-of-the-art and can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. So they actually provide an effective time-saving and money-saving solution.
Around 98% of patients have found success with dental implants due to their stability and longevity. They mimic your natural teeth and thus restore your natural functions, e.g. chewing and speaking. Our implant dentists offer a variety of options to meet your specific needs.
The titanium post of a dental implant is biocompatible, which means your body welcomes it. This material fully integrates with your jaw bone and stimulates bone growth. Titanium is strong and durable so it helps reduce the risk of future dental problems.
The time for healing and placement varies from patient to patient and treatment to treatment. After the preparation phase, Dr. Pasquinelli or Dr. Olivares allows time for your bone to heal and fuse with the implant. In some cases, a temporary replacement tooth can be attached during the same treatment. But most people require some healing time.
First, check with your dental insurance carrier to see what portion, if any, of dental implants they cover. There are healthcare credit companies that offer no-interest and low-interest loans for medical procedures, including dental implants. As each patient is different, there may be variations in time and cost.