Periodontist and Dental Implant Specialist

Expert in Dental Implants

Dr. Hollander has provided dental implant care since 1989.  He has extensive training in advanced dental implant procedures such as multi-implant placement, immediate implant placement, implant-supported dentures, and bone regeneration techniques.

One of his highest priorities is to ensure you are well-informed of your treatment options.  During your implant consultation, Dr. Hollander will thoroughly discuss the recommended treatment plan and will provide a video representation of the procedure.  At this time his is also available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

The Alternative - a Fixed Bridge
Two adjacent teeth need to be cut down to fit the bridge. Dental implants don't need this and preserve your teeth.

Replacing a Missing Tooth

A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing foods.

Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth or if one needed to be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down and the whole thing replaced with a three-crown "bridge."

Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, your periodontist inserts a dental post (dental implant) into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. This post becomes solidly fixed into your jaw as the bone heals (like a natural tooth root). Your general dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root that feels and functions like your natural teeth.

Quite simply, dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.



Replacing Several Missing Teeth

Dental Implant Supported Dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone. This helps to prevent bone loss and causes them to feel much more like natural teeth.  

Traditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with a removable partial, full denture or full bridge.

Dentures have to be taken out and soaked at night. They can also look unnatural and rub painfully. Dentures and partials make it difficult or impossible to eat certain foods.

Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with “floating” partials and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. Dental implants also eliminate the need for dental adhesives. This allows you to enjoy eating the foods you previously avoided . With dental implants, your partials or dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone, causing them to feel much more like natural teeth.

Natural tooth roots and dental implants are fixed firmly in your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and posts stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and appearance.

Advanced Dental Imaging for Success

A key to dental implant safety and success is advanced radiography. A CT scan ensures that every possible precaution has been made to reduce the risk of involvement of the nerves in the lower jaw, and the sinuses and nose in the upper jaw. This helps to reduce chair time and the possibility of complications. Until recently, CT scans were only done in hospitals or medical facilities. 

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The Success Rate of Dental Implants

After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98%.

Does the Procedure Hurt?

The discomfort involved with receiving a dental implant is similar to that of having a cavity filled. It is often done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants become fixed to the jawbone. Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, the most current research shows that over 95% are successful over 15 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.

Bone Regeneration

A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed is, “Is there enough bone to support the implant?” Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques now make it possible to place many more implants than just 10 years ago.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implant treatment begins with an evaluation by your general dentist or periodontist who will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. If he feels dental implants might be possible, he will send you to us for a placement evaluation.

For More Information

The following sites will provide you with more information on dental implants:



Brian N. Hollander, DDS, MS
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
1615 Hill Road, Suite 4, Novato, CA 94947
Tel: (415) 898-6660 • Get DirectionsContact Us

A key to dental implant safety and success is advanced radiography. A CT scan we can be sure that every precaution has been taken.

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Dr. Hollander is a periodontist in Novato, CA who specializes in dental implants and in treating periodontal disease.
He also services the surrounding areas of San Francisco, San Raphael and San Anselmo.
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