Despite the availability of dental care, tooth loss continues to remain a prevalent problem in the United States. Whether due to decay, disease, infection, or trauma, the American College of Prosthodontics estimates that roughly 120 million adults in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. If you are among those who have lost teeth, you have likely heard about the benefits of dental implants in Fresno; however, you have some questions about the procedure. To help determine if they are the right option for you, here are 5 important questions that you should ask your dentist.
How are Dental Implants Different?
Unlike traditional forms of tooth replacement, dental implants are the only option that can replace the root of a tooth. By surgically implanting a biocompatible titanium implant post into the jawbone, it serves as a new root. The body will naturally fuse to the post to create a sturdy and secure foundation for the replacement tooth. This allows it to closely look and feel like a natural tooth while offering over a 95% success rate.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally, if you have good oral and overall health, you can replace your missing teeth with dental implants. To ensure that you are a candidate, your dentist in Fresno will perform a comprehensive examination to access your dental health and the density of your jawbone. In addition, they will discuss your medical and lifestyle history to ensure that your risk for implant failure is minimal.
What Can I Expect During the Treatment?
Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, your treatment process will vary slightly. When replacing a single tooth, the gum tissue is opened to allow the implant post to be placed into the jawbone. Over the next several weeks, your jawbone will fuse to the post. After it has healed, an abutment is used to connect the custom-made dental crown to the post.
If you have several missing teeth in a row, a dental bridge is created, which is held in place using an average of one to two implant posts. You can even replace an entire arch. A custom-made denture will be anchored to the jawbone using an average of four implant posts.
Can Dental Implants Stop Bone Loss?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option to preserve your bone density in the jaw. With the post acting as a tooth root, it stimulates the jawbone to encourage new bone growth.
How Can I Get Dental Implants?
If you are ready to fill the empty spaces in your smile with dental implants your first step is to contact your Fresno dentist to schedule a consultation.
About Dr. Byron Reintjes
Dr. Byron Reintjes provides complete dental care through all stages of life for healthy, beautiful smiles. In addition to general dentistry, he offers the latest advancements for specialty services. If you are suffering from tooth loss, he can replace your missing teeth with dental implants. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a complete smile.