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

What Exactly are Dental Implants?

AUGUST 15, 2016

What exactly are dental implants and how do they work? Dental implants are prosthetics that are set into your jaw by the surgical placement of an artificial titanium tooth root, on top of which is screwed the replacement tooth. Titanium is very biocompatible, stimulating your jaw bone to attach to the implant and form new bone around it – securing it permanently.

A Variety of Tooth Replacement Possibilities

One of the most unique features about dental implants is that they are able to support more weight than a real tooth, making them extremely durable. This means we can use a single implant to replace one tooth, or as few as four implants to replace an entire arch of teeth (also known as All on Four implants).

Implants Last for Life

No other type of tooth replacement can last as long as dental implants. When you floss and brush around them regularly and schedule routine checkups, your implants have a 98% chance of lasting for the rest of your life. It’s one of the best investments that you can make when it comes to restoring your smile long-term.

Does it Hurt to Get Dental Implants?

Some people are worried about whether or not getting dental implants will hurt. Surprisingly, an implant treatment feels about the same as having a tooth pulled. There can be a bit of tenderness as the area heals, but it’s easily managed with over the counter pain reliever. Fortunately, we can also provide sedation during the actual procedure – that way you don’t have to feel a thing!

Find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants by scheduling a consultation at Smiles of Chandler today. We’ll be happy to assess your smile and determine which type of implant treatment will work best for your dental needs and concerns. Financing plans are available!


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Smiles of Chandler, 4940 W Ray Rd #8, Chandler, AZ 85226, USA
  • Smiles of Chandler,
    4940 W Ray Rd #8,
    Chandler, AZ - 85226, USA
  • (480) 899-9484
  • Mon & Tue : 8am – 5pm Wednesday : 7am – 6pm Thursday : 7am – 5pm Friday : 7am – 2pm Saturday : 7am – 1pm Sunday : Closed
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