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Dental Implants

Mesa Ridge Dental - Fountain Dental Implants - Restorative Options

At Mesa Ridge Dental, we are focused on helping patients achieve their best dental health. By offering comprehensive implant dentistry, our Fountain Valley dentists are able to fully restore health, function, and aesthetics to patients’ missing teeth. By integrating state-of-art technology and advanced materials throughout your implant placement and restoration, Mesa Ridge Dental makes completing your smile a seamless, comfortable, and successful process. 

Dental Implants: the Gold Standard in Restoration

While traditional bridges and dentures can provide immediate relief following tooth loss or extraction, success with these options is fairly temporary. Over time, these traditional restorations can wear down supporting tissue and teeth, increasing the risk that more restorations will be needed in the future. As these teeth and tissue become worn and irritated, patients are more likely to experience teeth infections and periodontal disease. Normal wear can also quickly erode the function of bridges and dentures, requiring frequent replacement and increasing the long-term costs that come with traditional restorations.

Dental implants are self-supporting dental restorations. Rather than being secured to neighboring teeth for support, implants are surgically placed into jaw bone, becoming a permanent part of the dentition and leaving healthy neighboring teeth intact. 
Surgical placement of the implant makes this treatment option ideal for a number of reasons. First, implants help stimulate bone regeneration, preserving the structure and shape of the jaw and face. For patients with compromised or deteriorated bone structure as a result of long-term tooth loss, periodontal disease, or dental abscess, the placement of dental implants helps prevent additional tooth loss while reinforcing bone strength. Since implants are designed to mimic natural teeth, they also serve as an anchor for neighboring teeth and prevent any shifts in bite position. 

Implants are also exceptionally versatile. For individuals with extensive tooth loss, multi-unit restorations can be supported on strategically placed dental implants. Rather than having to deal with loose, uncomfortable dentures or the damage caused by fixed bridges, eligible patients can enjoy the security of implants and the full coverage of a larger restoration. 

Implant Options at Mesa Ridge Dental 

At our Fountain Valley dental practice, implant dentists Dr. Ranta and Dr. Reposa offer comprehensive implant placement and restoration all in one location. 

Once we’ve determined a patient is a candidate for dental implants, we conduct an in-depth evaluation of their smile to determine the most strategic placement for implants as well as identify which implant restoration option best suits their needs. Since every restoration case is unique, Mesa Ridge Dental offers a number of implant-supported restoration options, including:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges and Partial Dentures
  • Snap-on and Fixed Dentures

In some instances where patients do not have sufficient bone structure or are looking to secure existing dentures or bridges, mini dental implants can be used to successfully secure your restoration. Same day dental implants are also available for certain eligible patients with sufficient bone structure and healthy dentitions.

Visit Our Implant Dentists in Fountain Today

From your first consultation through final restoration placement, the dentists at Mesa Ridge Dental are here to help you achieve your best smile yet. To learn more about implant dentistry in Fountain, contact our team today to schedule your consultation. 

Steps To Take After Dental Implant Surgery

Following dental implant surgery, patients must take detailed care of the area surrounding their new implant.  For the first month, the dental implant is still integrating with the bone and tissues so the patient’s care routine will be slightly more involved during this initial period.  Above all, do not disturb the wound in the initial days that follow surgery.  Avoid rinsing, spitting, and touching the mouth for 24 hours after surgery to avoid contaminating or irritating the surgical site.  After dental implant surgery it’s important to follow these care instructions:

  • Antibiotics – Patients should take all prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection at the surgical site.  Twenty-four hours after the surgery, patients should begin using the prescribed oral rinse twice daily alongside a warm saltwater rinse 4-5 times daily (preferably after every meal/snack).
  • Bleeding - Blood in the patients’ saliva is normal during the first 24 hours following surgery.  We suggest biting on gauze pads to help control and lessen blood flow.  Gently bite down on the gauze pad and try to maintain constant pressure, repeating as often as needed, or until bleeding lessens.
  • Dealing with pain – Shortly after your dental implant surgery the anesthetic will wear off.  You should begin taking pain medication before this happens. Any over-the-counter pain medication can be taken (e.g., Tylenol®, Aleve®, ibuprofen, etc.).
  • Diet - We recommend an initial diet of soft foods, but patients can resume a normal diet as soon as they feel capable of doing so. Stay hydrated. It is critical that you are drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Hygiene – In order for the dental implants to heal properly, the surgical site must be kept clean. Continue to brush your teeth as you normally would, but avoid any sutures and do not brush the implant. The antibiotic and saltwater rinses will disinfect the implant itself.
  • Swelling – After dental implant surgery some amount of swelling is to be expected. To help minimize swelling, try to keep your head elevated and lower your activity level as much as possible. Use ice packs for the first 48 hours and apply continuously, or as frequently as possible to minimize facial swelling.
  • Wearing your prosthesis or night guard – Partial dentures, flippers, full dentures, retainers, or night guards should not be used for at least 10 days following surgery. If there are any special circumstances, our practice will discuss those with you during your pre-operative consultation.
  • Smoking – Smoking after dental implant surgery has an increased risk of infection which also increases the risk of dental implants failing to integrate. We recommend that patients do not smoke for a minimum of 2 weeks after dental implant surgery.

What does recovery involve?

While each patient’s case is different, recovery after dental implant surgery happens in a series of phases. With your new dental implants, maintaining proper oral hygiene should be your primary focus. In order for the implant to properly fuse with the jawbone, it must remain clean. Also keep in mind that when properly cared for, a dental implant can serve its owner for life.

When maintaining proper hygiene, oral discomfort should gradually lessen. Swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding may still occur. If any pain does continue, feel free to continue using the pain medications.

Healing time differs depending on whether a patient receives immediate crown placement, or waits for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Your recovery timeframe will depend on your individual case and treatment plan; follow-up appointments will be scheduled accordingly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.