Dental Implants from Your Friendly Bakersfield Dentist

Looking for a sure way to improve your smile?

Well, now you can with dental implants at McCullough Dental! Our implants are individually designed for each patient’s mouth, so they’ll fit perfectly. Our incredible technology helps us make them long-lasting as well!

We cultivate a dental practice that integrates patients into our dental family. You can expect to be greeted warmly at your appointment, and treated like a good friend.

Using advanced technology, we can make your dental implants fit like a glove and the procedure smooth and precise. Learn more about the incredible technology at McCullough Dental!

As part of our family, you will be treated as an individual, which means you’ll get a dental implant treatment plan that is unique to you and your situation.

Missing Teeth Are Bullies

You might not have realized how important your teeth were until you lost them. Now, you’re dealing with pain, difficulty eating and speaking, and embarrassment. It can be hard to live a normal life with missing teeth!

Besides all that, missing teeth can create a health hazard for your mouth. When those teeth leave behind empty gum sockets, they also leave an open pathway for bacteria to enter your gums. This can lead to gum disease which can manifest in symptoms such as:

  • Sensitive gums.
  • Gums that are red or purple.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Sores/abscesses.

On top of gum disease, pain, and speech problems, you can also develop a deteriorating jawbone. Your tooth roots constantly tell the bone marrow in your jaw to stay strong and keep renewing itself. When your teeth fall out, your jaw loses that stimulation and starts to shrivel up.

Even if you somehow manage to avoid gum disease and a deteriorating jawbone, the holes in your mouth aren’t done with you yet. When there is an empty space in your mouth, your other teeth naturally shift to fill it. This can make your teeth crooked, mess up your bite, and even cause a joint condition called temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

Sounds a bit like getting into a fight with a school bully, doesn’t it? Stand up to your oral bullies! Get your missing teeth replaced with dental implants!

How Dental Implants Can Help

Dental implants check all the boxes. Your missing teeth give you a bucketload of problems, but dental implants can make those problems disappear. If you are struggling with any of the symptoms of missing teeth discussed above, here’s what dental implants can do for you:

  • Fill the Gaps: Dental implants completely replace missing teeth. You won’t have any embarrassing gaps in your smile that make it difficult to eat or speak. Your friends and family will be able to clearly understand you and you can enjoy your favorite foods again!
  • Improve Your Appearance: We make our dental implant crowns to match your teeth’ pigment perfectly. Plus, having the implants will fill out your cheeks and stimulate your jaw. Sometimes this can make our patients look years younger!
  • Protect Against Disease: Dental implants fill in those spaces in your gums so bacteria can’t get in so easily. And, because implants are made out of sturdy material like porcelain that is resistant to bacteria, they won’t get cavities or infections!
  • Stimulate Your Jaw: An implant is more than just a replacement tooth. The implant itself replaces the tooth root. It goes right into the jawbone and provides the necessary stimulation for a strong jaw.
  • Improve Your Confidence: When you have a smile that is full, uniform, and long-lasting, you’ll be able to smile with confidence more often. Imagine the difference it could make in your life if you could smile without feeling insecure about your teeth!
  • Decrease Oral Concerns: Dental implants can last a lifetime if given proper care. Unlike your natural teeth, you won’t have to worry about implants falling out, getting infections, or even changing color!
  • Prevent Teeth Shifting: Getting a dental implant to replace each missing tooth will keep your other teeth in their spots and can help you avoid extra wear on your teeth as well as conditions like TMD.

Dr. McCullough Is the Implant Dentist for You

Many practices offer dental implants, but not all of them can complete the entire procedure in-office. Many times, dentists will outsource to implant specialists for the operation and only carry out the final crown restoration themselves.

Not at McCullough Dental. We have the technology and skills to complete the entire process in-house. You don’t have to stress about keeping track of multiple appointments and dentists. You can get the care you need all in one place.

And it just so happens that our office is a very comfortable place to have a procedure like dental implant surgery. We have all the tools to make the process pain-free and relaxing for you. Here is a list of some of the amazing tools we’ve acquired to help us give you high-quality dental implant care:

  • Intraoral Camera: This small camera is very useful in taking accurate photos of your teeth. We can get up close and personal to get a good idea of what your needs are regarding implants.
  • CEREC 3D Printing: Our implant restorations are some of the fastest around because of our CEREC 3D printer! We can design, print, and attach your crown all in one visit. CEREC can match the exact color of your other teeth so your new tooth blends in!
  • Surgical Guide: This one is a biggy for dental implants! This technology can tell us exactly where to place the implants that will be healthy and advantageous for you. This device is much more accurate than human hands.

Come meet our warm, friendly staff in our Bakersfield office. We love dentistry because we get to know and help so many wonderful people like you! Our practice uses patient-focused dentistry—it’s all about you!—that our patients love.

At McCullough Dental, you can get your dental implants from compassionate professionals you can trust to handle your care the way you want.

Implantation Process

No two surgeries are quite the same. Each patient has different needs and challenges that come up, so we make a treatment plan unique to each dental implant patient. That said, the general process for diagnosis, treatment, and recovery is pretty standard across the board.

Consultation

This is the first appointment you’ll set with us concerning dental implants. We’ll take the time to get to know you, your needs, and your concerns.

To get a good idea of your situation, we will conduct an exam and some x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth. Not only will this give us a clear idea of what your needs are, but it will also give us a model to use when constructing and placing your implants.

Creating Your Treatment Plan

Once we have the medical information we need to proceed and we have determined that you and your mouth are healthy enough to recover well from treatment, we will discuss with you our plan for dental implant placement.

Your plan might include variables such as the number of implants, frequency or number of appointments, and whether or not you will need bone grafting on your jaw.

Surgical Appointment

At your consultation, we’ll set a date with you to come back for the surgery. When you arrive for your implant placement, we’ll keep to the following general steps:

  • Sedation: As dental implant placement is a form of surgery, we will give you anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing during the procedure.
  • Preparation: After the anesthetics have taken effect, we’ll make sure your mouth is ready to receive implants by removing any remaining teeth that need replacing.
  • Implant Placement: The actual implant will be a small titanium rod that we’ll place under the gumline using special dental technology.
  • Abutment Placement: An abutment is a tiny piece of hardware that we’ll attach to the top of the implant and will eventually hold your new tooth.

Healing Period

Once your implant is in, we’ll give you a temporary dental crown that will protect your new implant. Then you’ll be able to go home and rest for several weeks. We’ll set another appointment for a couple of months out so you’ll have plenty of time to recover.

You’ll probably experience some soreness after the surgery. You can minimize it with an ice pack and Tylenol. We also suggest not eating solid foods for the first few days, but don’t drink out of a straw as the sucking could disturb the healing.

Restoration Appointment

Now it’s time to get your new tooth! You should be fully healed by your next appointment. This one’s easy, thanks to our amazing CEREC technology. Using the impressions we took back on the first visit, we’ll make your new dental crown in just one day!

We’ll remove the temporary crown and replace it with a new porcelain CEREC crown that matches the color of your other teeth perfectly. Now you can smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth all look uniform and immaculate.

Common Patient Questions

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implants are impressive pieces of dental hardware. They are long-lasting, stimulating, sturdy tooth replacements that are top of the line. This can mean they are a more expensive option for tooth replacement.

The cost depends on your situation. Some people have many missing teeth and deteriorating jawbone marrow so their procedures will be on the pricier side. If you’re only missing one tooth, the process will be more affordable.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

The process of getting dental implants might seem painful or scary. At our practice, we try to minimize the pain as much as possible. Using anesthesia, we’ll be able to operate without causing you any discomfort.

If you do feel any pain during the procedure, let us know immediately. We will stop the process and do what we can to make you comfortable.

You might experience some achiness in the days following your surgery, which is normal. Just use ice and Tylenol or Advil to manage discomfort.

How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are one of the most long-lasting tooth-replacement solutions. Other options break easily, wear down, or need to be renewed because of how your mouth has changed over time.

Dental implants, on the other hand, will last you nearly a lifetime if you’re taking proper care of them. They are made of titanium, which bonds beautifully with your jawbone, giving the implant permanent stability.

The real difference is that dental implants are made to replace the entire tooth: roots, crown, and all. Other tooth replacements won’t last as long because they only replace the top part, or crown, of the tooth.

How Can I Get Ready For Dental Implants?

Keep yourself as healthy as you can. Drink plenty of water, brush your teeth twice a day, and floss regularly. We’ll give you more information about specifics after your consultation appointment.

How to Care for Dental Implants

One of the great things about dental implants is that they don’t require any additional care like dentures do. The sturdy materials they’re made of keep them from getting cavities or infection, but they still need to be cleaned, just like your other teeth do. Just brush and floss your teeth like normal and don’t forget your regular visits to McCullough Dental every six months!

What If My Implant Breaks?

Dental implants are made out of extremely strong materials that are meant to be sturdy and long-lasting. However, facial trauma or other accidents could break the crown, just like an accident could break any of your other teeth.

If this ever happens, don’t sweat! We are happy to fix broken implant restorations! An implant restoration is the part of the implant process where we attach the crown on top. If something happens to the crown of your implant, we can replace it for you!

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

At McCullough Dental in Bakersfield, we provide personalized dental implant treatments for our patients. Here, patients are like family. Come find out how your life could change by getting incredible tooth replacements from a warm and friendly dentist.

Unlike many dental practices, we do every step of the implant process on site. You won’t have to hop between multiple offices with us and can stick to the team you know and trust.

We use top-of-the-line technology to create unique dental implants and dental crowns for each patient. Don’t live with empty tooth sockets any longer! Get the smile you’ve been missing at McCullough Dental. Call our Bakersfield clinic to schedule your dental implant consultation today.

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