Replacing missing teeth is important for your oral health. And while partial dentures and dental bridges are an option, dental implants are usually the best choice. Implants look and feel natural, last 30+ years, and help support and strengthen your oral health. If you’ve lost one or more teeth in Fresno, dental implants from Dr. Christopher Bauer may be right for you. Call today to schedule a consultation at your local dentist in Fresno,
First, Dr. Bauer will perform a comprehensive oral exam and take x-rays of your mouth to determine if implants are right for you. He will also discuss your budget and your other options, including bridges and dentures.
If you are approved for implants, you may need pre-treatment surgeries like a bone graft, sinus lift, alveoloplasty, or even a tooth extraction. Dr. Bauer will discuss these treatments in detail if they’re needed before you get a dental implant.
If you’re approved for treatment, you’ll come back for implant placement. Dr. Bauer will clean and numb your mouth, then create an opening in your gums and jaw bone. He will place a titanium implant in this opening. Then, he will clean and suture the area, ensuring it heals properly.
Initial healing takes just 1-2 weeks, but it can take up to 3-6 months for your implant to bond with the jaw bone. You will come in for several follow-ups during this time. Dr. Bauer will check your recovery process, and start building your implant restoration, such as a crown.
Once your mouth has fully healed and your restoration is complete, you’ll come in for your last appointment. Your Fresno dentist will check your restoration to make sure it fits perfectly, then attach it to your implant. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new smile.
Dental implants usually last 30+ years, and many patients will keep them for the rest of their lives. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene and see Dr. Bauer for a consultation every six months, your implants will stay healthy for the years and decades to come.
Yes! This is one of the best things about dental implants. They stimulate your jaw bone and prevent bone loss (resorption). This keeps your jaw healthy and ensures your facial appearance doesn’t change after losing one or more teeth.
Some types of full-mouth implants and mini-implants can be done in a single day. But in most cases, single-tooth implants are not done in a day. The treatment process is typically between 3-6 months for a traditional single-tooth implant.