Has tooth loss changed your smile? Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile, improving your appearance. Our Fresno, CA, dentist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, discusses this popular restoration option.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that serve as replacement roots for teeth you've lost. Placing the posts in your jawbone requires a minor oral surgical procedure. The implants will begin to bond to your bone after the procedure, ensuring that your implant doesn't wiggle when you chew.
You'll also need to replace the visible part of your tooth with a dental crown. Once your implant bonds to your jawbone fully, your new crown will be attached to the implant with a connector called an abutment. Your crown, abutment and implant will function as one unit, just like a natural tooth.
Will implants work for me?
Dental implants are an excellent choice for many people who experience tooth loss. Although they're often used to take the place of single teeth, implants can also replace multiple teeth. In fact, implant-supported dentures are a good choice if you've lost all of your teeth. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:
- You want to improve your appearance.
- Eating has become more difficult since you've lost teeth.
- It's difficult to speak clearly due to tooth loss.
- You're concerned that your remaining teeth may shift due to your missing teeth.
- You're willing to brush and floss daily to prevent infections.
- Your jawbone is deep enough to support an implant.
Dental implants may still be possible if you have gum disease or poor jawbone depth. After you've been successfully treated for gum disease in our Fresno office, your implant procedure can begin. If jawbone depth is a problem, we may recommend a bone graft to build up your bone.
Tooth loss doesn't have to permanently alter your smile and your life. Dental implants offer a simple, long-lasting way to restore missing teeth. Call our Fresno, CA, dentist, Dr. Pritsky, at (559) 298-3900 to schedule an appointment.
Don’t let gum disease ruin your smile. Find out how to safeguard yourself.
Our Fresno, CA, periodontist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, is seeing more and more people with gum disease. Maybe you aren’t caring for your smile as well as you could or perhaps there are certain bad habits that could be leading to inflamed and unhappy gums. Whatever the case might be, we are here to provide a little insight into how to protect yourself from periodontal disease.
Brush Twice a Day
Sure, this may seem like a no-brainer but sometimes people forget to brush twice a day like they are supposed to. Maybe you had to rush to work and just didn’t have time to brush in the morning. Of course, you should make a point of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, but ideally after all meals. When you brush, make sure you are giving yourself at least 2-3 minutes. And don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Don’t Forget to Floss
While brushing is a great way to remove plaque and food from the front and back surfaces of your teeth, your toothbrush won’t be able to remove plaque and food from between teeth or the gum line as effectively. This is where floss comes in. Just by flossing once a day you can keep plaque buildup down and keep your gums healthy.
While the over-the-counter mouthwash may only mask bad breath, if you are prone to gum inflammation or plaque buildup then you may want to talk to your dentist about whether or not your smile could benefit from a therapeutic mouthwash. Instead of just hiding bad breath and other issues, therapeutic mouthwash will actually target the problem and improve your oral health.
Tobacco can really wreak havoc on your oral health, from causing nasty bad breath to increasing your chances of oral cancer. Of course, tobacco use can also greatly increase your risk for gum disease. In fact, smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for this chronic disease. If you want to protect your oral health then it’s time to talk to our Fresno dental implant dentist about ways to ditch the habit and keep it off.
Have questions about maintaining healthy gums? Need to schedule your next routine checkup? Our Fresno, CA, periodontal office has you covered. Whether you suspect that you have gum disease or not, you should still come in for regular dental care.
Missing most or all of your teeth has a surefire effect on your confidence, eating habits and even your overall health in general. However, tooth replacement options like dentures can help you rebuild lost confidence, eat the foods you love and keep your dental and general health in tip-top shape. Find out more about dentures and what they can do for you with Dr. Alexander Pritsky at Fresno Dental Implant Center in Fresno, CA.
Types of Dentures
Dentures come in several types and styles, including:
- Traditional Dentures: Traditional over dentures fit over the gums and use suction or gravity to stay in place. These are the kind of dentures most people picture and replace all of the teeth on an arch.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures use any remaining healthy teeth in the mouth to hold the denture into place. This also stimulates the natural teeth to help them remain healthy. The denture rests over the teeth, allowing the natural teeth to fit through the denture and blend into the prosthetic teeth.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures can be removable or permanent and utilize dental implant technology permanently implanted into the mouth to anchor the denture into place.
Do I need dentures?
Dentures benefit those who have lost most or all of the teeth on an arch. Those missing only one or several teeth may benefit more from single dental implants or a dental bridge. Missing teeth can make speaking, chewing and eating difficult. Additionally, if left untreated, missing teeth cause bone atrophy, which can lead to sagging facial skin and premature aging. Dentures help fill out the face to negate these side effects and make daily activities easier.
Teeth In A Day in Fresno, CA
In the past, traditional dental implants required several months between placing the implants themselves and affixing the prosthetic teeth permanently over them. Teeth in a Day, available at Fresno Dental Implant Center, allow patients to proudly wear their new teeth within 48 hours of placing their implants, saving months of waiting.
For more information on dentures or how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Pritsky at Fresno Dental Implant Center in Fresno, CA. Call (559) 298-3900 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pritsky today!
One out of every two American adults over the age of 30 will likely develop some form of gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Early stage periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, causes the bleeding, gum tenderness and sensitivity that many people are familiar with as a sign that it's time to go to the dentist. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with a good dental cleaning and an ongoing oral hygiene routine at home. But if left untreated, it continues to progress and get worse over time, potentially causing tooth loss and other serious health problems. Dr. Alexander Pritsky offers a range of services to help diagnose and treat every stage of gum disease at Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics in Fresno, CA.
Periodontal Therapy and Treatment in Fresno, CA
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults, according to The American Dental Association. But with proper dental care along with healthy diet and lifestyle habits, it is possible to keep most or all of your teeth throughout your life.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Bacteria buildup and plaque between the teeth and gums leads to inflammation and gum disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the most common symptoms of gum disease are:
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum pain/tenderness/sensitivity
- Bright red/swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sores and/or discharge
- Changes in bite or alignment patterns
Gum disease is progressive and some people may not experience noticeable symptoms until it has advanced. The best ways to prevent and catch periodontal disease early enough to prevent tooth loss and other complications is to schedule an appointment for a dental exam, professional teeth cleaning every six months, floss every day and brush twice a day to avoid bacteria and plaque buildup.
Find a Periodontist in Fresno, CA
Good oral hygiene, regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the most important steps in preventing periodontal disease and tooth loss. For more information, contact Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics by calling (559) 298-3900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pritsky today.
Find out what makes you a candidate for dental implants and whether you need bone grafting.
Dental implants can be an amazing way to replace missing teeth. Of course, you may be worried that you can’t get implants if our Fresno, CA dental implant dentist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, examines your smile and discovers that you have experienced significant bone loss. Don’t worry; one simple procedure can ensure that implants are right for you.
While the words “bone grafting” might sound scary at first, we are here to tell you that this is a pretty routine and completely painless procedure that is an effective way to help those who have lost a significant amount of jawbone to still be able to get dental implants.
There are many reasons why someone may not have enough healthy jawbone. Common causes include gum disease, traumatic injury, long-term denture use, tooth defects and leaving tooth loss untreated. Fortunately, our Fresno restorative dentist makes it easy to still get the care you need while improving the health of your jawbone.
Through the use of a bone graft, we can build back up the strength and density of the jawbone so that it becomes stable enough to support a dental implant. A bone graft can be performed right here in our office. There are different bone grafting methods, which we will discuss with you so that you can make an informed decision on which treatment will best fit your needs.
Once the bone grafting surgery is over we will provide you with antibiotics and often times pain medication. We will also give you some do’s and don’ts for how to care for your healing mouth. You will also need to come back in to see us to make sure that everything is healing properly. It will take several months for the new bone to actually be stable enough for us to place the implant. Factors such as how much bone density you have lost and the location of the graft will affect how long the healing process takes. It can take up to three or more months.
Are you interested in finding out whether you could be a good candidate for implants? There are so many people suffering from tooth loss that can benefit from what dental implants have to offer. If you are ready to treat your tooth loss our Fresno, CA implant dentist is ready to help.
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