If you are looking for dental implants and live in or near Modesto, CA, you have come to the right place!
One of the finest oral surgeons in Stanislaus County, CA, can help you find a sturdy tooth replacement that looks natural if you lost one or more of your permanent teeth.
Call our office today at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology to schedule a dental implant consultation or book your appointment conveniently online.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are replacement artificial tooth roots that fuse directly with your jawbone.
Because the small titanium implant fixture is secured into your jawbone, it acts as a sturdy base for a few dental prosthetics, such as crowns and even dentures.
They are used to replace missing teeth and go directly into the empty socket left from your tooth loss.
WHAT ARE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS?
All-on-4 dental implants, which are also referred to as hybrid dentures, consist of a full arch of artificial teeth. These are secured to your jaw with just four implanted posts.
Hybrid dentures are a practical solution when you have multiple teeth that need replacing, such as when replacing your full set of teeth.
Replacing individual teeth one by one can take several months to complete and would require many implants. On the other hand, our surgeons can usually place your All-on-4 dental implants in a single day.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR GETTING DENTAL IMPLANTS?
If you’re planning on getting dental implants, you’ll need a few appointments with the oral surgeon at Stanislaus Oral Surgery, Modesto, CA.
At your first visit, your oral surgeon will take scans and X-rays of your mouth. It’s important to make sure you have enough jawbone strength and density to support the implant.
Luckily, even if your bone isn’t strong enough, the Stanislaus Oral Surgery team can perform a bone graft procedure to help strengthen your jawbone.
This is usually necessary when the implant is to be placed in the maxilla (upper jaw) towards the back of the mouth.
This location typically requires a bone graft because it usually has an insufficient amount of bone there because of the maxillary sinus (air-filled space found in the bones of the face).
A small surgical procedure called a sinus lift lifts the sinus floor, and bone is grafted into the sinus.
Your dental specialist may also decide to use small-diameter implants, or mini implants, which require less support from the bone structure.
Once it is determined that your bone is strong enough, your provider implants the titanium rod into your jawbone and stitches your gums up around it.
The process isn’t painful as you’ll be under local anesthetic, and sedation is offered if you choose.
It takes three to six months for your new implant to fully fuse to your jawbone.
When your implant is fully secured, you’ll return to the office so your surgeon can attach the abutment and prepare your jaw for your crown or dentures.
RECOVERY, FOLLOW-UP AND AFTERCARE
During the healing process, the gum tissue and bone surrounding the implant is susceptible to developing peri-implantitis.
This condition refers to inflammation around the implant. This is similar to periodontal disease, which affects natural teeth.
Either excessive biting forces on the implant or bacterial infection are the main causes of the inflammation.
It is a fairly serious condition in which you could lose your dental implant if it is not treated. To avoid developing this condition, you will need to follow a routine of cleaning at home and follow-up visits at the dental office.
It’s necessary that you keep your implant clean by regularly brushing your teeth and flossing to remove food particles and plaque from in between the implants.
At the dental office, the soft and hard tissues surrounding the implant will be examined, and harder calcified deposits will be removed from around the implant site.
You can also have your bite alignment adjusted to protect the implant from heavy biting forces.
CAN ANYONE GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
As long as you are healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or any other oral surgery, then you are likely to be suitable to be fitted with a dental implant.
You must also have healthy gums and sufficient bone density to hold the implant. You should also be prepared to maintain good oral hygiene and have regular dental visits after the surgery.
If you are a tobacco user or suffer from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area, then your provider will need to evaluate you on an individual basis.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implant treatment is highly recommended by most dental specialists and is considered to be the best tooth-replacement procedure available.
The oral surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery, in Modesto, CA, recommend implant dentistry over conventional replacements or not replacing the tooth at all.
They do so for the following reasons:
Dental implants are made to function and look like natural teeth. And because the implant screw integrates into the bone structure, there are no embarrassing slips.
As previously mentioned, dental implants won’t slip around like a removable denture will. Therefore, they won’t cause issues in your speech, such as mumbling or slurring.
Being fixed to the bone, you won’t have the problem of constantly readjusting them like removable dentures.
Eating with dental implants is similar to eating with your natural teeth. They allow you to eat crispy or crunchy foods with confidence and without discomfort.
Dental implants are made to have the appearance of your real teeth. You don’t need to be embarrassed about your smile anymore.
Improved Oral Health
When fitting a tooth-supported bridge, it’s sometimes necessary to reduce your other teeth.
As adjacent teeth are left intact when fitting a dental implant, it will have long-term benefits to your oral health.
The dental implant also allows easier access between adjacent teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Implants are made from materials resistant to corrosion, cracks, and fractures and, therefore, will last much longer than dentures. Your implants could well last a lifetime if you take good care of them.
Removable dentures have frustrating maintenance routines.
However, dental implants don’t need to be removed or require adhesives to hold them in place. You can continue to care for them just like your natural teeth.
Prevents Bone Loss
Missing teeth reduce localized stimulation to the jawbone causing the bone to weaken. Dental implants integrate with the surrounding bone, providing a stimulus that promotes bone growth.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS MADE OF?
Dental implants are fixed to your jaw using a titanium post. Titanium has unique properties that allow it to fuse together with bone.
The visible part of the implant is usually made of porcelain or another strong tooth-colored material.
CAN YOU REPLACE ALL MY TEETH WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS?
At Stanislaus Oral Surgery, Modesto, CA, the surgeons can replace all your teeth with dental implants.
Many fear that you will need to have an implant in the place of every single tooth, but that’s not the case. Four implants can be enough to replace the whole upper or lower set.
Attached to these can be placed a bridge. These are known as hybrid implants. They have all the benefits of implants but can save costs with the number of implants needed.
ARE ALL DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES SUCCESSFUL?
Dental implant surgery has a very high success rate. In 30 years of surgical procedures, 95% have been successful.
Unlike other implant surgeries, dental implants are inserting titanium into the body. Titanium is a metal that’s compatible with our bodies, so it doesn’t get rejected like other soft tissue implants, such as a kidney or lung.