Dr. James Heaton
Serving the Areas of Chandler and Tempe, AZ


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Dental Implants: The next best thing to your lost teeth

MARCH 6, 2018

Dental Implant – A sterile titanium threaded post (much less scary than it sounds) that is placed into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. It can be a perfect solution for those who have lost their tooth or teeth due to gum disease, injury or due to any other reason.

Dental implants are strong and stable which restores your missing teeth so that it looks, fits, and functions like a natural tooth. Other alternatives such as dental bridges and dentures can result in bone deterioration and may interfere while you eat, smile, speak or with other activities of your day to day life.

Dental Implant - A perfect alternative to a dental bridge

A dental bridge is a restoration that fills the missing tooth space. It requires a portion of the adjacent tooth enamel to be removed in order to make room for a crown. As a result, the adjacent natural healthy teeth need to be reduced down for preparation of the crown. But, in case of dental implants, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth remain untouched/unchanged.

Unlike dental implants, a dental bridge has a fake tooth that rests on the gums, thus making it difficult to create a real smile. On the other hand, dental implants are placed below the surface of the gums, and just like the natural tooth crown erupts through the tissue.

There are many advantages of dental implants over bridges. The major benefit of a dental implant is often unnoticed. When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone is no longer in function, due to which the bone gets slowly absorbed. But with the dental implant in Chandler AZ, you can preserve the bone as the jaw bone is utilized to firmly place the implant. Although dental implant treatment is a surgical procedure, it is relatively non-invasive.

Implant supported dentures

Patients, who do not want their dentures to be removed very often, can opt for implant supported dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, implant dentures are comfortable and makes it easier for you to eat, talk and speak well without having to worry about your dentures falling or slipping out. For patients with failing teeth or those who have worn dentures for years, this can be an absolutely life changing procedure. If you or one of your loved ones currently live with a loose denture, please give us a call for a free consultation.

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Dr Heaton is as kind as he is competent. He treats me like a person, not a paycheck and I feel like I can trust him to only recommend what I need. I also referred an employee of mine who needed serious dental care and did not have a lot of money. Dr Heaton was flexible and kind and so helpful. Highly Recommend.

Jason J.

Most people dread going to the dentist but I'm always excited to go especially when it means seeing all of the wonderful people who work there. My family has been going here for more than 20 years and I've never had a bad experience. You can count on walking out the door with a huge (minty fresh) smile on your face. Highly recommended!

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    Nathan Davis Orthodontics
    595 N Dobson Rd,
    Unit A-12,
    Chandler, AZ 85224
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