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Single and Multiple Dental Implant Restorations - Fresno Dental Implants

Crowns, bridges, and dentures are all traditional, proven restorations that help patients restore their smile. When used with dental implants, however, they become part of the most effective replacements for lost teeth. Kathryn A. Siemens, D.D.S., Inc. provides dental implant restorations in Northwest Fresno, Northeast Fresno, Clovis, Old Fig Garden, and the surrounding communities.

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Treatment Planning with Our Dental Implant Specialists

The dental implant is composed of three parts: the implant post, the implant restoration, and the abutment which connects the two. While the restoration is the visible portion of the tooth, the post serves as a new anchor that grants the dental implant a strength similar to that of a healthy, natural tooth. In order for our Fresno dentist to successfully add the restoration, the implant post has to be carefully placed into the jaw.

Kathryn A. Siemens, D.D.S., Inc. works closely with a trusted group of specialists in order to plan out the entire dental implant treatment process. After examining your smile and taking all necessary images, Dr. Siemens will confer with the specific periodontist or oral surgeon placing your implants. Together, they determine the placement of your implant posts and how our Fresno dental practice should have the restoration fabricated. Performing our individual steps in close concert helps ensure your satisfaction with the successful placement of your dental implants.

Adding the Dental Implant Restorations

While the specialist and Dr. Siemens monitor your progress after having the implant posts placed, our dentist in Fresno will also fabricate your dental implant restoration to your specifications. The prosthetics used to restore your smile are made in consideration of how many teeth must be replaced and how many implants have been placed. Once the implant posts have integrated into the jaw bone and become the inseparable tooth roots you need, the restoration is placed on top of them, leaving you with a new set of teeth.

Implant-supported dentures, crowns, and bridges represent your smile and allow you to chew food. As such, the material used to make the dental implant restoration must serve both your aesthetic concerns and functional needs. For crowns and bridges, we use porcelain to create a single or multiple realistic teeth, respectively, that are sturdy and blend into your restored smile. Just like their traditional counterparts, the dentures are made from a combination of metal and acrylic that mimics a natural, healthy smile and is durable enough to last a lifetime.

Contact Us for Dental Implants

Kathryn A. Siemens, D.D.S., Inc. provides dental implant restorations near Fresno. For more information about how we help you restore damaged or missing teeth, call us today and schedule an appointment. 

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Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to become a permanent part of your smile. Once placed, the implants fuse with the jawbone, and will stay in place so long as your jaw remains healthy. Your implant-supported restorations may need replacing if they become damaged or worn, but the process is straightforward, and you will not need surgery to replace them. Implant restorations typically last a decade or more with proper care.

What are the 3 stages of dental implants?

Dental implant placement is completed in three stages over a period of months. The process follows this pattern: • Planning: This begins with a consultation and gathering data to plan the treatment. It will typically include an oral exam and x-rays, and may also include a CBCT scan for detailed images. The dentist will determine how many implants to place and the optimal location and angle.
• Placement: This typically takes one visit, but may take more than one if several implants are being placed at once. Depending on your oral health, pretreatments such as bone grafting or gum disease treatment may be needed before your implants are placed.
• Restorations: Your jaw will need time to heal and fuse to the dental implant, making it secure. Once healing is complete, the dentist will place your new restoration, and you can now use your full smile.

When should you not get dental implants?

Dental implants are versatile and offer many benefits, but they may not be right for everyone. You should not receive dental implants if you are not healthy enough for surgery or have certain health conditions that could prohibit treatment. You may also need to address certain oral health issues, such as gum disease or jawbone loss, before receiving implants. Our dentist will evaluate your smile and ask several questions to ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants.

What are the 4 types of implants?

Dental implants are highly versatile and can support a range of restorations to meet your smile needs. The four types of dental implants include:
1.Crowns: An ideal replacement for a single missing tooth.
2.Bridges: These can replace up to four missing teeth in a row, supported by two dental implants.
3.Partial Dentures: These allow you to replace any number of missing teeth while preserving the remaining healthy teeth.
4.Full Dentures: A complete dental arch to fully restore your smile, typically supported by 6-8 implants per arch.

What is a flipper tooth?

A flipper tooth is a removable partial denture used to replace a single missing tooth. It uses acrylic or metal hooks that fit over your natural teeth to hold it in place. While effective at restoring your smile's aesthetic and bite function, they are less stable than dental implants and will likely need refitting as the jawbone changes. You may receive a temporary flipper tooth to complete your smile during the healing phase after a dental implant is placed.

Do you get temporary dentures while waiting for implants?

Yes, you can get a temporary restoration while you wait to receive dental implants or during the healing phase after implant placement. The type of restoration will depend on your specific needs. They can be partial or full dentures, a dental bridge, or a flipper tooth. Note that these restorations are made to be worn short-term and may not fit as well as permanent implant-supported restorations. This is especially the case if they were designed to fit your smile immediately after implant placement because the fit will change as the jawbone and gum tissues heal.

How long does it take to do an implant?

Dental implant treatment takes place over several months from initial consultation to receiving your final implant. The implant placement itself is typically done in one or two visits. Once placed, your mouth will need time to heal and fuse with the jawbone to create a secure hold. The actual length will depend on how many implants you received, their location in your mouth, and the condition of your oral and overall health. Our dentist will give you a general estimate of how long the entire process will take.


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