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Gentle Dentistry | Dental Implants in Modesto


Modesto Office

  Turlock Office
2508 Oakdale Rd, Suite B4
Modesto, CA 95355

Tel: (209) 551-6988

1616 Fulkerth Road
Turlock, CA 95380

Tel: (209) 656-6560

Dental Implants

Dr. Loi D. Nguyen completed:

  • *Implant Residency from California Center for Implant in associated with Nobel Biocare (http://www.nobelbiocare.com/),
  • * Advanced Implant Therapy and Grafting courses ( www.gidedental.com) …
  • * Fellowship status in The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (www.ICOI.org)

    AGD Member

    Dental Implants-Teeth that look and feel like your own.                   


    Why Dental Implants?

    ***Preserves facial structure-helps to prevent bone loss 

    Tooth loss can cause an indentation in the gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be. This happens because the jawbone recedes when it no longer is holding a tooth in place. Not only is this indention unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth.

    Ridge augmentation can fill in this defect recapturing the natural contour of the gums and jaw. A new tooth can then be created that is natural looking, easy to clean and beautiful.



    Indentation under the bridge                            After ridge augmentation done

    ***Stop the bone loss that can lead to premature aging

    ***Allows you to eat whatever you want, not what you have to

     Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.

    Problems of the bridge

    Do nothing                   The bridge                    Implant

     Loss of chewing function                   Cut down healthy teeth                      Full chewing function

    Accelerated bone loss                        Bone loss under the bridge                Prevent bone loss


    The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.

    The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

    After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, but others will have to send it to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.