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.

Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your dentist surgically places in the jawbone. Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements used to counter tooth loss. Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants. In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.

How Long It Takes

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 are 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, hydrocodone, or codeine.  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.

Dental Implants

Implants can be used to replace one missing tooth so that the replacement looks and feels natural (a). Also, two or more implants can serve as a stable support for the replacement of many teeth (b). Many patients who have selected dental implants describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable and secure than the lifestyle endured by those with fixed bridges or removable dentures. Dentures often make a person feel and look older than they are, cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and restrict the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably. When they count the benefits they enjoy as a result of their dental implants, patients say their implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of ill-fitting dentures. They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face. With a sense of renewed self-confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends and the chance to speak clearly and comfortably with co-workers. For all these reasons, people with dental implants often say they feel better, they look better and they live better.

Pick up a free tooth brush at Serene Dental in Fremont, CA while you receive a free dental implant consultation. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sapana to get your dental implants taken care of today.

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