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If you need to replace a damaged tooth or fill in gaps where you have missing teeth, our restorative and cosmetic dentists may have the solution for you. Dental implants are a restorative dentistry option that can provide secure and long-lasting results. By anchoring them into your jawbone, dental implants mimic the functionality of your regular teeth. These results can be extremely realistic and natural looking too. Continue reading to learn more about dental implants.
For many individuals seeking to replace missing and/or severely damaged teeth, implant dentistry is regarded as the premier solution. Designed to mimic a natural tooth root, dental implants are tiny titanium posts placed strategically in the space left by the former tooth or teeth. Over time, these posts fuse to the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for customized crowns to be secured in place for a natural-looking result. Depending on the patient’s unique needs, dental implants can also be used to secure dentures and/or dental bridges for improved function and stability of these restorations.
You can significantly improve both the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth with dental implants. These permanent replacements hold a number of benefits over traditional dentures, eliminating many of the problems often associated with them. Dental implants are designed to mimic your natural teeth, improving your ability to speak and chew while enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Dr. Todd Mabry and Dr. Colleen Murphy are experienced restorative and cosmetic dentists in Scottsdale who can provide you with a beautiful dental implant restoration. Once you have your implants placed, our dentists can restore them with a natural-looking porcelain dental crown, helping you to obtain effective missing teeth replacement with permanent results.
With dental implants, you will likely not even be able to tell the difference between your new teeth and your existing teeth – and neither will anyone else
Dental implants are a versatile teeth replacement option. Since every patient has unique oral needs, there are a number of options available to provide the most beneficial solution for their missing teeth. Our dentists offer restorations for the following types of dental implant procedures.
Patients only missing one tooth can benefit from a single dental implant. This option involves placing a titanium post to replace the natural tooth root, which then has a dental crown attached to the top, completing the tooth replacement. This is an independent method of tooth replacement that does not require altering the adjacent teeth for support, such as with traditional bridges.
For those missing multiple teeth next to each other, a solution like the implant bridge may be more beneficial. This involves the placement of about two dental implants to secure a multi-tooth restoration. With these strategically placed implants, patients can obtain the benefits of dental implants without the need to replace each tooth with its own implant.
When an entire arch of teeth is missing or severely damaged, an implant denture is often the recommended solution. After at least four implants are placed in the jaw (such as in the All-on-4® procedure), our dentists can place a custom-crafted denture to the implants, creating a secure foundation without the inconveniences of traditional dentures.
The dental implant process begins with an oral evaluation to determine your candidacy for the procedure. If dental implants are a good option for your unique needs, the surgical plan will then be created to ensure the most predictable outcome.
The next step of the procedure will be to have the implants placed. It typically takes a few months for the implants to complete the fusion process necessary to become a permanent part of your mouth. During this period, a temporary crown will cover the implant.
The final stage of the dental implant procedure is the creation of the permanent dental crown. Dr. Mabry will have the porcelain crown custom-designed for the implant. It is made for the best possible fit, and is color-tinted to match your surrounding teeth. This final touch to the implant process completes your procedure, providing you with a permanent, natural-looking new tooth.
Denture replacement with a new set of dentures, dental implants, a fixed dental bridge, or a combination of dentures and implants can provide you with a significantly improved amount of reinforcement and effectiveness. With denture replacement, you can prevent your dentures from moving or falling out while chewing or speaking. In fact, many denture replacement techniques will eliminate the possibility of slippage while enhancing the natural appearance of your teeth.
The dental implant posts are designed to last for decades. When cared for properly, and placed by a qualified professional, patients should be able to enjoy the benefits of their implants for a lifetime. Since restorations are more susceptible to gradual wear over time, it is not uncommon for dental crowns or other artificial teeth to need to be replaced after several years. Our dentists will advise you on how to care for your implants and restorations, helping you to minimize damage over time.
Recovery from dental implant surgery will differ for each patient, so your healing process following treatment will likely be unique to you. Generally, there are multiple healing stages following your procedure from dental implants. In the first few days, you will likely experience minor discomfort in the form of bleeding or swelling, often dissipating within a week. A large portion of the recovery will be based on the actual fusing of the titanium post to the jawbone. The entire process generally takes about three to six months.
Dental implants are considered to be an all-around safe treatment for ideal candidates. When receiving dental implants from a trained dentist, the risk of complications is greatly reduced. Dentists who are highly experienced are typically better prepared to handle all scenarios during the dental implant procedure. While the entire dental implant process is generally considered a safe endeavor, any oral surgery will come with some risks. By implementing all up-to-date safety and hygiene protocols, state-of-the-art technology, and the help of experienced professionals, Dr. Mabry and Dr. Murphy are able to provide safe and effective dental procedures such as dental implants.
Each procedure will vary in how long it takes to complete, especially when considering the number of implants needed and the types of implants that are being provided. Generally, the actual procedure can take between 30 minutes and several hours, depending on the circumstances. Our team will be able to provide you with a better estimate once a treatment plan can be developed at your initial consultation.
Specific insurance coverage will be dependent on the individual policy of the patient. In certain cases, dental implants can be at least partially covered by insurance companies. However, many providers consider dental implants as an elective procedure instead of a necessary medical one and will not help with the cost. At your initial consultation, our team will be able to help determine if your insurance policy offers any coverage for your dental implants.
The dental implant procedure, when provided by a trained cosmetic dentist or implant surgeon, can be performed with little to no pain. While some forms of anesthesia are often used during the actual procedure, you can expect to experience some form of discomfort after the procedure. To help patients tolerate this, pain medication may be prescribed following dental implant surgery. Any minor side effects will likely subside within a week of your procedure.
Maintaining dental implants is similar to maintaining the health of your original teeth. Proper brushing, flossing, maintaining follow-up dentist appointments to monitor progress, and not smoking can all lead to positive oral health and long-lasting dental implants.
Dental implants are designed to look as natural and indistinguishable as possible. By anchoring into the jawbone, and later fusing to the tissue and bone, the actual titanium post is not visible and mimics the function of your tooth’s root. The porcelain crown or bridge that is visible on the surface of your smile is color corrected to match the rest of your surrounding teeth.
For more information on solutions for missing teeth, including what you can expect for your total dental implants cost, please contact North Scottsdale Dental Studio today.