Dental Implants Chandler AZ
Any missing teeth impact the function and appearance of your smile.
Missing teeth not only create discomfort in chewing and biting but also result in shifting of the other teeth into the gap that has been created. They cause the teeth to shift positions which create an imbalance in the oral cavity. Bridges and dentures are prosthodontic replacements for lost teeth, which have been the historical means of replacing missing teeth. But now we can also add dental implants as an additional option. Dental implants not only act as wonderful replacements for your teeth but also protect the periodontium and the jawbone from degeneration.
Dental implants are made of Zirconium or titanium. They are fitted into the jaw bone, in place of a missing tooth or teeth. An abutment is fixed over the implant which can carry an artificial crown as a replacement for a natural tooth. Once in place, it feels just like your original tooth.
Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) and look and feel so natural that you may forget which tooth it replaced! Your teeth affect your confidence and how you feel personally and professionally. You might hide your smile because of spaces between your teeth or perhaps your dentures don't feel secure and you may have difficulty chewing with them. A dental implant is a root device, usually made of titanium that is used in dentistry to replace missing teeth.
Most dental implants today are endosseous implants that appear similar to an actual tooth root and are placed in the bone. The jaw bone will osseointegrate with a titanium post. "Osseointegration" refers to the fusion of the implant surface with surrounding bone. A tooth-like restoration is then placed over the implant.
How Implants Work
During a minor surgical procedure done in the dental office, your dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth. We schedule about 45 minutes to an hour to place one implant but much less time is required for additional implants. Initially, time is spent reviewing medical history, taking your blood pressure and providing you with the proper anesthesia. Any postoperative discomfort can normally be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your implant will then be left to heal for a period of months before the final crown is attached. During this healing period, the implant actually fuses to the bone surrounding it. We make use of bio-compatible implants so that we provide our patients with best possible healing, high success rate and best results.
Dental Implant Treatment Options
You'll be amazed to learn more about the variety of ways dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or even all the teeth in your mouth. Implants are so strong, they can support bridgework or a fixed denture, meaning a full row of teeth (top or bottom) can be anchored by as few as four implants. And as few as two implants can be used to stabilize a lower removable denture so it won't slip while you're eating or speaking.
If you need to have failing teeth removed, we may be able to place dental implants into the tooth sockets immediately after removing the teeth if circumstances allow. This has some definite advantages — the major one being that you will need just one surgical procedure rather than two. Depending on how many implants you received and where they are in your mouth, we also may even be able to give you a temporary dental crown or a set of temporary teeth to wear during this healing phase. That way, you will not only walk out of the dental office with new implants but possibly new teeth as well! But please be assured that we will not rush anything; if your unique situation requires us to allow more healing time and to finish your new teeth in stages, then we will do just that.
There are so many advantages to dental Implants over dentures and bridges:
AESTHETICS: Dental Implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since the implant integrates into the structure of your bone it can prevent bone loss and gum recession that can accompany bridgework & dentures.
TOOTH SAVING: Dental Implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Long-term benefits to your oral health!
CONFIDENCE: Dental Implants can allow you to once again speak and eat with confidence. They are secure and might even offer freedom from dentures!
RELIABLE: The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable, sometimes reaching to as high as 95%. This means they are an excellent option for tooth replacement and may last a lifetime if properly cared for!
Implant Care and Maintenance
There are only two ways an implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused: poor oral hygiene or excessive biting forces. Poor oral hygiene and/or a lack of regular cleanings can lead to a destructive bacterial infection called peri-implantitis. Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this. Excessive biting forces can come from either a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth or an insufficient number of implants to handle the forces generated by your bite. We will make sure you receive the correct number of implants so this does not happen. And if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we will recommend wearing a night guard to protect your implants. After all, implants are a long-term investment in your smile, your health, and your well-being, so let's do our best to protect your investment.
For more information on dental Implants in the Chandler, AZ area call Smiles of Chandler at 480-899-9484 today!
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