Dental implants are a secure and healthy option to permanently replace missing teeth. The implant replaces the root and the crown of your tooth, which creates a natural function and appearance to your mouth — eat, smile, and speak with confidence! Dental implants provide the look, feel, and function of natural teeth.
If you are missing a single tooth or many teeth, dental implants may be the right option for you. Dental implants can replace just one tooth as well as an entire arch of teeth. The results are so natural that many patients forget they even have them. Dental implants can also prevent oral health problems, such as bone loss and dental shifting, while preserving your facial bone structure. In fact, dental implants are often recommended by dental professionals as the healthiest tooth replacement option for patients who can undergo outpatient dental procedures.
Our expert oral surgeons, Drs. Alexander, Chien, Kheradpir, and Barnhart, are highly trained in placing dental implants. For more information and to schedule a consultation, contact our office in Fresno, CA. A member of our staff will be happy to assist you.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants function just like a natural tooth. The oral surgeon first inserts the medical-grade titanium post, or implant, beneath the gum tissue — this mimics the root of the missing tooth. Over time, the dental implant will naturally integrate, or fuse, with your bone. This integration creates the sturdy foundation for your replacement teeth that will allow the dental implants to function exactly like healthy natural teeth. Once the implant is considered to be fully healed in the bone, the implant will be released to your restorative dentist, who will secure the abutment piece onto the implant posts, and place the final crown on top of the abutment. The results are beautiful, natural, secure, and best of all — permanent.
Why dental implants?
Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures and other tooth replacement options, including
- Allowing you to eat the foods that you love
- Preventing bone loss
- Preserving facial aesthetics
- Preventing dental shifting and bite problems
- Providing a permanent and secure solution
- Beautiful new teeth that look exactly like healthy natural teeth
To learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons in Fresno, CA. Our oral surgeons will determine the right treatment option that suits your specific needs and goals.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant process varies for every patient based on their individual needs and circumstances, but it usually requires two or three office visits: one consultation appointment, one surgery appointment, and a couple of follow-up appointments. The number of appointments required to complete your restoration will depend on your specific treatment plan. Patients who are undergoing additional procedures, such as bone grafting or extractions, may require a longer period of healing.
Your consultation will involve your oral surgeon reviewing your condition and determining your specific treatment plan. We may take additional 3D scans to fully evaluate your oral health situation or to create custom 3D surgical guides for your procedure. Your consultation is the ideal opportunity to discuss any questions you may have with your oral surgeon. They will address all of your queries and make you feel comfortable and informed about your treatment plan.
You will receive your dental implants during your surgical procedure. We will discuss all of your anesthesia options during the initial consultation and determine the right sedation option for your treatment. To begin your treatment, your oral surgeon will place the titanium posts into the jaw bone. The implant post will naturally fuse with your jaw bone during the healing period. After suturing the surgical area, you will rest until your anesthesia wears off. The duration of your dental implant surgery will vary based on the number and position of the implants your surgeon places.
The first few weeks after surgery are considered the healing period and can even span several weeks. During this time, chewing function may be limited, and a soft food diet may be necessary. Most patients find they can resume their normal routine within a week or two. Your abutments and permanent teeth can be fitted onto your implants once the surgical sites have healed. During the healing period, your dentist may make temporary teeth for you to wear so that you won’t have to go without teeth during those weeks.
Dental Implants in Fresno, CA
If you are thinking about dental implants and want to know your options, Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center can help. Contact our office in Fresno, CA, and a member of our staff will be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Our oral surgeons will find the treatment plan that is right for you.