What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most advanced method of replacing missing teeth today. With a surgical procedure, small rods, made from titanium, are placed into your jawbone. As you heal, your bone fuses with the rods creating strong and stable roots which support replacement teeth. Implants can be used to support any number of missing teeth, from a single tooth to an entire arch.
Implants are a popular alternative to traditional dentures. When you lose teeth, your jawbone begins to weaken, which can alter the shape of your jaw. Even with dentures replacing your teeth, they cannot stop that bone loss. Implants, however, imitate the roots of your natural teeth, which helps to prevent bone loss and maintain the integrity of your jaw.
The Right Implants for You
There are several different types of implants, depending upon your specific needs. These implants include:
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Candidates for dental implants are in good overall health. Your mouth must be free of gum disease. If you are a smoker, you must be willing to quit before you can have the procedure done, and while you heal, if not for good. Smoking impairs your ability to heal and raises your risk of implant failure.
Candidates must also have sufficient bone mass in their jaw. Without enough bone mass, your jaw may not be able to successfully support the implants. If your jaw does not have enough mass, we may discuss the option of All-on-4's or a bone graft. A consultation with Ronald Watkins, DDS, MS, which includes a complete oral exam and x-rays, will help determine whether or not implants are your best option. Ronald Watkins, DDS, MS also utilizes SimPlant® Implant Placement Software to identify the best position to place a dental implant and to allow us to plan a specific treatment course designed for optimal long-term success.
Getting Your Dental Implants
Before we get started, a local anesthetic is administered. If necessary, we can also provide you with a sedative to help you relax throughout the procedure. We then start by making incisions in your gums. With a customized treatment plan, we drill into your jawbone and place the implants. Your gums are stitched closed around the implants, leaving a small portion visible. While you heal, we will provide you with temporary teeth.
Depending upon the number of implants placed, healing could take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks, during which time we will periodically check your progress. After you have healed, and the implants are fused, abutments are placed on the implants. Molds are taken of your mouth, which is used to create your permanent teeth. When they are ready, the teeth are screwed into place, and you are left with a complete, beautiful, and functional, smile. Click here to read more about the benefits of Dental Implants.
No matter if you’ve lost one tooth or many, don’t let your oral health, or your confidence, suffer. Call Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona today for your dental implant consultation.
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