RESTORE FUNCTION AND AESTHETICS WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental Implants Procedure Arizona
Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth, as well as having a variety of unique advantages over standard dentures. Along with supplying replacement teeth that function, feel, and appear like your natural teeth, dental implants are a permanent solution. Our patients at Burns Dental Implant Center have discovered that dental implants allow them to chew all types of food with confidence and enable them to have a beautiful smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that fuse to the jaw bone and provide a base for fixed replacement teeth. Dental implants are a very effective method to replace bridges and dentures for people who suffer from missing or failing teeth. Because they fit, feel, and function like natural teeth, they are the preferred replacement for your teeth.
Dental Implant Procedure
Because several surgical procedures are required for dental implants, our dentists will do an extensive evaluation, including X-rays and teeth models to ensure the dental implants will closely match your natural teeth.
Next, the condition of your jawbone will be judged in relation to how many teeth you plan on having replaced with implants. This planning process could involve several specialists as they evaluate your bone health.
Your dentist will also want to know about any medical conditions you may have and any medications you are taking. If needed, your dentist may prescribe certain antibiotics before the surgery to help prevent infection.
Your doctor will discuss the three surgical anesthesia options and which will be best for you during the procedure. Your surgical team will also have a list of “Do’s and Don'ts” you should adhere to leading up to the surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is often done in several stages, requiring the jawbone to heal completely around the implant before more work is done.
- The damaged tooth is removed (if it hasn’t already come out in some other way).
- The jawbone is prepped for surgery; this may include some measure of bone grafting. Bone grafting involves removing a piece of bone from another part of your jaw or body and transplanted into your jawbone.
- Once the jawbone heals, the implant is inserted into the gum line. This could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
- The jaw will be given time to heal again, and then the surgeon places the abutment (the piece that screws into the implant) and attaches the artificial tooth on top, completing the full implant.
This process could take up to several months to allow your jaw time to heal and prepare for the final installation of the implant. Without a strong jawbone in place, the implant won’t take, so it’s important to be patient during the healing process.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
A certain level of jawbone thickness is needed to successfully support a dental implant. Men and women of all ages have benefited from dental implants so age is not a factor. An examination with one of our doctors will establish whether your jaw and gums are established enough to receive dental implants.
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