Frequently Asked Questions (Implants)

Thomas E. Bramanti, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a Board-Certified Dental Implant Expert.

If you’re considering dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions when it comes to making a decision about the next steps. Find answers to the most common questions below or ask Dr. Bramanti, Fresno’s Dental Implant Expert.

Why do so many people prefer implants?

Dental implants are the most natural looking and natural feeling replacement for missing teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants don’t slip or click when you talk, laugh, or eat. Unlike teeth, dental implants are not subject to cavities, gum disease, root canals, and fracture. Dentistry ends on dental implants while teeth require a continuous stream of dental repair over time. Importantly, dental implants help keep your jawbone healthy, so that your facial structure stays intact.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on, or built into, the top of the dental implant, which connects it to the replacement tooth. Finally, a crown, a replacement tooth, is custom fabricated to match your natural teeth shape and color, completing the dental implant. The dental implant result is natural looking and natural feeling teeth.

How much do dental implants cost?

No two patients or their customized dental implants treatments are exactly alike, so the cost – as well as the number of appointments required, and procedures performed – will vary depending on your particular condition. A consultation with a Board-Certified Dental Implant Expert Specialist can provide you with a comprehensive examination and evaluate the necessary diagnostics to best determine your needs and the associated fees.

Can any dentist provide my dental implant?

Dental implants are sophisticated dental devices that must be placed carefully to minimize complications or implant failure. For the best results, it is important that you choose a Board-Certified Dental Implant Expert who has the proper education, training, experience, and competence in implant dentistry.

Don’t trust your dental implant care to a regular dentist who one day “just started doing implants.” Studies have shown that General Dentists are reported to have upwards of 20% or more dental implant failure in their practices when compared to Board-Certified Dental Implant Expert Specialists, reported to have only a 2% failure rate.

Where can I find a knowledgeable dental implant dentist?

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry maintains a free directory of AAID-credentialed dental implant experts who have met key education, training, and competence requirements.

You may also contact the American Board of Oral Implantology to locate the Board-Certified Dental Implant Expert Specialist in your area.

Dr. Bramanti has been awarded an esteemed Fellowship from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry for his dedication and contributions to the field of Dental Implant Dentistry. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology having received Board-Certification as an Expert Specialist in Dental Implant Dentistry.

How long does it take to replace teeth using dental implants?

Each patient is different. After completing the necessary diagnostics, your Dental Implant Expert should provide you with a treatment plan including the estimated amount of time to complete the process. Total treatment time depends on your needs, medical and dental history, the health of the supporting bone in your jaw, and the technique and materials that will be used. It can be as short as a few months, or more than a year for more complex conditions.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants, which have been used for over half a century, are the safest and most effective medical devices ever used in humans. As in any medical procedure, however, there can be complications. Choosing a knowledgeable, well-trained Board-Certified Dental Implant Expert Specialist will help minimize complications and ensure skillful handling of any problems, should they arise. It is important that you and your Dental Implant Expert review your health history and any habits which could affect the success of your recommended care, such as smoking and uncontrolled diabetes so that you are fully informed about the benefits and risks involved.

Can my child get dental implants?

Yes, dental implants are an excellent and smart long-term solution for children who have lost permanent teeth due to injury or accident. It’s advisable to consult with a Dental Implant Expert as soon as possible after the teeth are lost. However, in most circumstances, the dentist will wait to perform the procedure until your child’s facial growth and development has been completed. Generally, this occurs around the age of 16 for girls and age 18 for boys.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Well-placed and cared for dental implants have the potential to last for decades. Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups. Cleaning of dental implant dentures and bridges requires additional effort to clean the underside of the appliances.

Dr. Bramanti is “THE DENTAL IMPLANT EXPERT” In Fresno.

With a passion for lifelong results, Dr. Bramanti has pioneered new standards of care for dental implant success. Dr. Bramanti is recognized as a Leader and Authority in Dental Implant Dentistry. He has contributed to scientific and clinical research journals and also medical articles in local periodicals to raise awareness of health issues impacting the Central Valley.

Dr. Bramanti is a private practitioner of Periodontics, Advanced Dental Implant Dentistry, and TMJ Expert serving patients in Fresno for almost 30 years.

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