If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, and you want to restore your smile to its near-original condition, you may be a candidate for dental implants. At Golden Valley Smiles in Fresno and Clovis, California, expert dentist Kaveh Karimi, DDS, and the team regularly use dental implants to improve their patients’ chewing, speaking, and biting abilities. To see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, request a consultation today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.
Dental implants are a type of restoration that act as replacement tooth roots. Each implant features a metal attachment, called an abutment, that connects to a crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture.
During dental implant surgery, your Golden Valley Smiles provider places a small metal post into the socket of each missing tooth. Following the procedure, your bone grows around each implant, fusing them to your jaw.
Because they’re attached to your jaw, dental implants are more comfortable than dentures. They’re also easier to care for and don’t slip or slide around.
Dental implants present several advantages compared to traditional oral prosthetics like bridges and dentures, including:
Dental implants are also durable. If you take good care of your implants, they can last for decades.
To receive dental implants you need to be healthy enough to undergo a routine dental procedure like an extraction or root canal. This is because placing dental implants requires a simple surgery.
If you have a chronic health problem like diabetes or high blood pressure, make sure to let your Golden Valley Smiles provider know.
These issues won’t necessarily prevent you from receiving dental implants, but they can increase your risk of complications. Prior to moving forward with surgery, your dentist conducts an oral exam and thoroughly reviews your medical history.
Getting dental implants usually takes 6-12 months and involves a series of dental appointments. At your initial consultation, your Golden Valley Smiles provider examines your teeth, gums, and jawbone and takes a series of X-rays.
If you have plenty of healthy bone and your gums are free of infection, your dentist moves forward with treatment.
After administering a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums, your dentist places a small metal post into the socket of each missing tooth. Following surgery, you’re sent home for a period of three to four months. During this time, your bone grows around each implant.
Once your mouth finishes healing, you return to Golden Valley Smiles. At your second appointment, your dentist takes impressions and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your implant-supported crowns, bridges, or dentures.
After the laboratory completes your prosthetics, you return to Golden Valley Smiles for your final appointment. During this appointment, your dentist attaches your crowns, bridge, or dentures to each post, restoring your smile.
Don’t let missing teeth prevent you from living confidently. To request your dental implant consultation at Golden Valley Smiles today, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool.