Dental Implants Fremont, CA - Permanent Tooth Replacement

Dental Implants Fremont CADid you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth? As of today, dental implants offer patients with missing teeth a permanent solution with multiple oral health benefits. As a comprehensive dental care provider, Dr. Sapana Majmudar offers both the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants to residents of Fremont and surrounding communities.  Dr. Majmudar has extensive experience with dental implants and provides patients with optimal results utilizing digital imagery to pinpoint the exact placement of the implant. Dr. Majmudar also uses continuing education to utilize the most cutting edge techniques and ensure patients receive the highest quality of implant treatment.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are a revolutionary three-part tooth restoration option designed to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. The three parts of a dental implant are:

  • The post (or screw), which replaces your natural tooth’s root. It is made of medical-grade titanium, which is an entirely biocompatible material that fuses with your jaw bone during healing.
  • The abutment, which connects the post to your new replacement tooth (or teeth).
  • The crown, which is custom-designed by your restorative dentist to match your natural teeth.

The fusion of the implant post with the surrounding bone in the jaw (a process called osseointegration) creates a healthy and secure foundation for a single tooth crown, a multi-tooth bridge, or in some cases, even a full fixed denture.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have been a proven and preferred choice for over 30 years and provide our patients with an all-around superior solution for restoring your smile after tooth loss. Dental implants are fully functional, just like your natural teeth, and are also so natural looking that our patients often forget they have had a restoration. Implants are designed to work just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. No other tooth-replacement option has such a high long-term success rate.

We find that most of our patients who request implants are candidates for the procedure — in general, if patients are healthy enough to undergo a minor dental procedure, such as tooth extraction, they will be able to receive dental implants. Below are a few of the many benefits you can expect with dental implants:

  • A permanent tooth loss solution, unlike bridges and dentures, which must be replaced after several years of wear
  • The strength and stability to confidently eat and drink as you please without discomfort or embarrassment
  • A beautiful, natural-looking new smile and the boosted self-confidence to go along with it
  • Prevention of the destructive bone atrophy that can occur over time with missing teeth
  • No inconvenient and unsightly removable parts

How Long Does It Take?

There are several factors that will determine the length of time needed for an implant procedure:

  • Your dental health
  • The number of teeth involved
  • Which teeth our replaced
  • ​If there will be a tooth extracted prior to implant placement

Restoring your mouth with a dental implant is accomplished in two phases and the whole process can take six to nine months.  It may take longer if an extraction needs to heal or bone grafts are required before the posts are planted. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period. For instance, a single tooth implant surgery can typically take one to two hours from start to finish. This includes time for anesthesia as well as dressing the patient for a sterile surgical environment.

Is It Painful?

Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Local anesthesia and/or IV for oral sedation are used to eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur.

Surgery Prep

Your dentist may provide you with some pre-operative instructions to follow. These may include:

  • Having you rinse with a special anti-bacterial mouthwash, such as chlorhexidine.
  • Prescribing antibiotics to take for a few days prior to surgery as a preventative measure.
  • Asking you to eat a good breakfast on the day of surgery, unless you are planning on having the procedure done under IV sedation. In that case, you would not be eating anything after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Having someone available to bring you to the appointment and drive you home if you elected to take an oral sedative or have IV sedation.

Day of Surgery

The surgical phase is done in the dental office with local anesthesia but can also be done with IV sedation if performed by an oral surgeon.

The First Phase

  1. For the surgical placement of the implant, your mouth will be thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia.
  2. An incision is made in your gums where the implant will go to expose the bone underneath.
  3. A specialized (but quiet) drill will then be used to create a space for the implant in the bone.
  4. The implant itself is then screwed in place with either a hand tool or the same implant drill used to create the initial space.
  5. After the implant is snugly in place, a second component will be screwed into the implant itself and will remain in place during the healing process.
  6. The gums are closed over the implant and a stitch or two may be placed.
  7. Over the course of the next few months, the implant becomes securely attached to the bone.

The Second Phase

  1. The second phase starts with the re-exposure of the implant. Another small incision is made in your gums to expose the implant unless there was a separate component placed on the implant that sits above the gums.
  2. A small extension is placed on the implant for an impression taken. This component is what the lab will use to fit your new crown.
  3. Your dentist will then start a series of appointments to make your new implant crown. Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your teeth. From these impressions, they will make precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. Your crown is fabricated on these models.
  4. The last step is the final placement of your new crown. In some cases, depending on which tooth is being restored, the dentist may want to try in the new crown before it is completely finished to check the shape and fit of it in your mouth.

Post Surgery Discomfort

It is normal to have some small bruises and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. Usually, the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller, such as ibuprofen.  You should expect to be able to work the next day. 

  • Infection around the surrounding bone and gums
  • Your body's rejection of the dental implant
  • Bone loss around the dental implant
  • Your dental implant may fail to adhere to the bone

Implant Maintenance

Your new implant tooth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss the implant tooth as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist every six months, or more frequently if so advised.

Contact Our Fremont Implant Dentist Today!

To learn more about our Fremont dental implant treatment options, contact our office. Dr. Sapana Majmudar will help you determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants or help you explore your other restoration options. We provide a calm and welcoming environment in our office, sedation dental options, and personalized care to ensure that your visit to us is as comfortable as possible.

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