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.
Yes, dental implants can change your face structure for the better. Missing teeth lead to the deterioration of the jaw bone, subsequently causing the collapse of your facial structure, making you look older than you really are, and significantly compromising your facial aesthetics.
Dental implants act just like natural like tooth roots, applying pressure to the jaw bone and stimulating bone growth. This growth lifts the jawbone to make your face look much tighter and more youthful. The same implants also improve your chewing capability. Chewing also helps strengthen the jaw muscles leading to more defined facial features.
These prosthetics also make your cheeks appear more full and less sunken. Missing teeth cause jaw bone deterioration, which in turn cause your cheeks to sag and appear sunken. Implants can help fill out your facial structure, improving your appearance and your quality of life.
Yes, dental implants can fail but it is relatively rare. Most cases of dental implant failure result from peri-implantitis, bacterial infection, and subsequent inflammation of the tissue surrounding the dental implant. This condition also leads to further deterioration of the jaw bone holding the dental implants, leading to failure.
Dental implants can also fail due to implant misalignment. Sometimes a dentist may fail to align the implant appropriately with the jaw bone. This misalignment causes uneven pressure distribution on the implant, compromising its lifespan. It also makes the implants look unnatural; in some cases, the gray titanium post may appear below the gumline.
Dental implants may also fail prematurely in some people due to osseointegration failure. Osseointegration is the process where the bone fuses to the dental implant by growing inside the tiny holes on the surface of the implant. The jaw bone failing to osseointegrate with the implant means the titanium posts won’t fully attach to it. This leads to loosening of the implant and eventual failure.
Excessive smoking is another common reason for dental implant failure. Smoking constricts the blood vessels that distribute blood to the gums. This slows down healing at the implant site and also prevents the adequate supply of minerals to the bone for adequate osseointegration.
Taking good care of your implants goes a long way toward preventing premature failure. Taking care of your implants involves brushing them gently with a soft nylon brush in gentle, swirling motions. Also, avoid abrasive tooth products like overly acidic toothpaste and mouthwash that may irritate the implant site. You'll also want to floss between the implants to remove tiny food particles stuck between them.
In addition to the above, it’s vital to steer clear of hard and sticky foods. Hard foods may cause chipping and cracking of the crown or other restoration attached to your implant, while sticky foods can cling to your restoration and pull it out of place. You’ll also want to cut down on smoking and excessive alcohol consumption since these habits may disrupt the osseointegration process and lead to implant failure.
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.