If you are missing a single tooth or many teeth, dental implants may be the right option for you. Dental implants offer a permanent tooth replacement solution that provides the same look, feel, and function of healthy, natural teeth. Many patients even forget they have dental implants!
Dental implants can replace a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth, making them a versatile solution to your specific needs. Having a missing tooth or several missing teeth can lead to other oral health issues, such as bone loss and dental shifting. It can also affect your speech as well as the kinds of foods you can comfortably eat. Dental implants can prevent bone loss and dental shifting and preserve your facial bone structure.
Dental implants offer a healthy tooth replacement option for patients who can undergo outpatient dental procedures. Our expert oral surgeons are highly trained in placing dental implants from our office in Reedley, CA. For more information and to schedule a consultation, contact our office. A member of our staff will be happy to assist you.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants function just like natural teeth. First, the oral surgeon creates a foundation for your replacement teeth by surgically placing a dental implant post beneath the gum tissue and into your jaw bone. This medical-grade titanium post integrates with your natural bone over time. After creating this sturdy foundation and securing the abutment piece onto the implant post, the restorative dentist places the crown on top of the abutment to complete treatment. The results are beautiful, natural, and stable. Best of all, they’re 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
- Preventing the need for drilling on healthy adjacent teeth
To learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons in Reedley, CA. Our oral surgeons will determine the right treatment option that suits your specific needs and goals.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Your dental implant procedure will vary based on your individual needs. The dental implant process is typically performed in two or three office visits: one consultation appointment, one surgery appointment, and a couple of follow-up appointments. More or fewer appointments may be necessary if you need bone grafting treatment, extractions, or want immediate implants.
During the initial consultation, your oral surgery will examine the state of your oral health and evaluate your medical and dental history. By reviewing your current and past conditions, your oral surgeon will be able to determine the treatment plan that is best for you. We may complete additional 3D scanning to evaluate your oral health and create surgical guides for your upcoming placement procedure. You are encouraged to ask any questions that you may have about your dental implant procedure at this time. We will also review your options for anesthesia and select the sedation that is best for you. Your oral surgeon will help you feel comfortable and informed about your upcoming procedure.
Your next appointment will be the day of the surgery. After administering the anesthesia you chose, we will carefully place your dental implant post into the jaw bone. This post will slowly integrate with the jaw bone as the surgical site heals to create the sturdy foundation which supports the final restoration. During the healing period, which is the several weeks after surgery, you may need to follow a soft food diet to limit your chewing function. However, most patients find they can resume their normal routines within a week or two. Your oral surgeon will thoroughly review your post-operative care instructions to ensure optimal recovery after your treatment.
A temporary set of teeth may be fitted and placed by your dentist during this time — this way, you won’t have to go without teeth while your surgical sites are healing. After the healing period, your restorative dentist will place the final crown, which securely attaches to the implant post via the abutment. When complete, you will regain your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Dental Implants in Reedley, 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 Reedley, CA, and a member of our staff will be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Our oral surgeons will evaluate your condition and find the treatment plan that works for you.