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By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
December 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   Dentures  

Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.

Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.

As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.

Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.

Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.

So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.

If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
May 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   Dentures  

People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Dental Implants and Periodontics
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing a tooth can affect your smile in several unfavorable ways. It can interfere with your ability to enjoy a good meal, or to comfortably dental implantssocialize with friends. Dentures provide a superficial remedy to the problem, but dental implants are the better choice. Once you understand the key benefits of dental implants, you can consult an implant dentist at Fresno Dental Implant Center in Fresno, CA, to find out if they can help you.

Implants Are Permanent Tooth Replacements
More traditional tooth replacement options, like partial dentures and bridges, are only temporary place holders for the gap that’s visible. Dental implants are whole tooth replacements. Once it’s fully integrated into the jawbone, a dental implant is a permanent fixture. It will remain a part of your gum line as long as you observe good oral hygiene habits. That includes brushing for at least two minutes at a time (twice per day), flossing throughout the day, eating healthy foods, and seeing your Fresno, CA, implant dentist for regular visits.

Implants Are Undetectable
Many patients are wary of getting dentures because they’re afraid that they will be detected in close company. When you have a dental implant, it’s virtually impossible for anyone to notice that you have one, other than your dentist. The base of the implant is below the gum line, so it is not exposed. The only part of your new tooth that shows is a very natural-looking dental crown.

Implants Are Easy to Maintain
When you have dentures, you’re expected to take extra steps to keep them clean and looking good. That includes removing them each night, brushing them, and soaking them in a special solution. There’s no need for that when you have a dental implant. Just brush and floss all of your teeth (including the implanted one) normally.

Dental Implants: Are They Right for You?
The best candidates for dental implants have healthy, dense bone tissue that’s ample enough for the procedure. Have an exam and X-rays taken at Fresno Dental Implant Center in Fresno,  CA.  Call (559) 298-3900 today to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Dental Implants and Periodontics
December 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how this dental prosthetic could be improved through implants.inplant supported dentures

Are you dealing with tooth loss? Do you currently have dentures? Are you finding yourself a bit disappointed or unsatisfied with your dentures? Unfortunately, there are quite a few people who think dentures will function just like natural teeth and become a bit surprised when they deal with this oral prosthetic shifting and moving around during inopportune times. If this sounds like you, or Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Alexander Pritsky is here to tell you how dental implants could help solve this problem.

What are dental implants?

Implants are another way to replace one or more missing teeth. The main difference between this restoration and other tooth replacements is that this small metal post is actually the closest thing you can get to a natural tooth. Implants are made to work and even look just like natural teeth in ways that other artificial teeth just can’t.

The magic lies in how the implant itself works. Since the implant is meant to replace your missing tooth’s roots the first thing our Fresno, CA, implant dentist will do is drill a small hole into the jawbone to place the implant. This minor procedure only requires local anesthesia in order to numb the area prior to treatment and it can be performed right here in our office.

Of course, over the course of several months, the jawbone and tissue will begin to heal. When they do so they will naturally grow around the implant, making it a permanent structure within the jawbone. From there, this long-term implant can now support an artificial tooth such as a crown.

How do dental implants work with dentures?

Of course, if you are dealing with significant tooth loss then you may just assume that your only option is dentures. If you already have dentures you may find that they don’t fit as well as you would have hoped. Maybe they move around in your mouth when trying to talk or chew. Maybe you still can’t enjoy all of your favorite foods the way you had hoped. This is when it’s time to chat with us about dental implants.

Multiple implants can be placed throughout the jawbone to support partial or full dentures to stabilize and hold them in place so they don’t move around. Of course, you’ll still need to remove your dentures every night before bedtime, but by having implants to support them you’ll find that your dentures function and feel better than they did prior to getting implants.

Do you want to find out if dental implants could improve the fit and feel of your dentures? If so, then call Fresno Dental Implant Center. Our Fresno, CA, dental implant specialist Dr. Alexander Pritsky is here to improve your smile for the long term.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Dental Implants and Periodontics
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Has tooth loss changed your smile? Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile, improving your appearance. Our Fresno, CA, dental implantsdentist, 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.