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How Dental Implants Work – Fresno, CA

Start Your Journey to a Complete Smile

Are you ready to join over 500,000 people this year who are choosing to replace their missing teeth with the next best thing to your own? Dental implants in Fresno restore a complete, functional smile that looks natural. Although you are excited to fill the empty spaces, you are also a bit concerned about the treatment. You have nothing to fear. Dr. Byron L. Reintjes has the information you need to understand how the process works.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Dental implant consultation

If you have good oral and general health, you are likely a candidate for dental implants; however, you will require an initial consultation with your Fresno dentist. Dr. Reintjes discusses your medical and lifestyle history to ensure there are no factors that increase your risk of dental implant failure, like untreated gum disease. Besides a visual examination, he also uses digital x-rays and a CT scan to assess your oral structures. Based on the information, you may need additional procedures before having your implant posts placed, like bone grafting.

Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant post

The images taken during your consultation are used to pinpoint the precise location for your implant posts. The number of teeth you are replacing determines how many posts you need. You will need to undergo surgery to have them placed into your jawbone.

While under sedation or anesthesia, your oral surgeon opens your gum tissue to expose your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into it to allow the post to be inserted. A protective cap is placed over it and your gum tissue is sutured shut to allow the healing process to begin.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

Dental implant abutment

The implant post acts as a new tooth root. As a result, it stimulates your jaw to encourage new growth. This not only preserves your bone density, but it also allows the post to fuse to your jaw.

Over the next several weeks, your jawbone creates a lasting bond with the post through a process called osseointegration. This allows your implant to last for several decades with the right aftercare. Once your jaw is healed, you will have an abutment placed on it.

The protective cap is removed from the post and the abutment is attached to it.  This acts as a connector piece between the implant and your restoration. Your gum tissue heals around the abutment to create natural-looking results while also sealing out bacteria.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

Dental implant restoration

The final stage to complete your smile involves the restoration process. All-ceramic material is used to craft your prosthetic teeth. Depending on how many teeth you are replacing, you will receive a single crown, a bridge, or a denture.

It is designed to meet your exact size, shape, and color needs to look natural while also ensuring the proper functions. Although the implant posts should never need to be replaced, your restorations suffer from daily wear and tear. As a result, they need to be replaced about every 10 years.

Complete Your Smile Today!

During your consultation, Dr. Reintjes thoroughly explains the treatment process and takes the time to answer your questions. With a firm understanding of what lies ahead, you can start your journey to a complete smile with confidence. If you are ready for dental implants, contact our office today.

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