When a tooth is lost, a dental implant may be needed as a permanent replacement. Replacing the tooth will not only make it easier to eat, but also prevent the jaw bone from deteriorating. Essentially, dental implants are anchors. They act like a tooth’s roots by supporting the replacement crown. Once complete, dental implants are secure and durable, and can be cleaned and cared for much like natural teeth.
During the procedure, a titanium post is fitted into the jaw bone. For the next six weeks to six months, the bone around the implant will heal, eventually fusing with the implant and creating a solid foundation for the replacement tooth. At this stage, a support post and replacement tooth can be anchored onto the implant.
What are dental implants?
If you are missing one or several teeth, dental implants may be the right choice to replace those lost teeth. Dental implants are categorized as a permanent tooth replacement service, which means that, in most cases, dental implants last a very long time. In addition to being a permanent solution to tooth loss, a dental implant is essentially indistinguishable from a natural tooth, making the service a very popular choice for our patients in Phoenix, AZ.
Why are dental implants a good choice?
Dental implants are a good choice for patients with missing teeth who do not wish to wear removable dentures or can not use bridges, which require adjacent teeth as anchors. Unlike other options for tooth replacement, dental implants not only fill in any gaps created by missing teeth, but they also help maintain bone support for adjacent teeth, which impacts the entire mouth’s tooth health and life span. The implant, which bonds with the jaw bone, prevents bone loss, which in turn prevents other teeth from shifting, changing facial structure, and causing bite problems.
How does the process work?
In short, a dental implant mimics a natural tooth’s root, by bonding titanium to the jaw bone. Prior to the process, the dental surgeon will first complete a comprehensive exam and consultation with you, which includes taking X-rays. Next steps include surgically implanting the titanium post into the jaw, as well as making a mold for the replacement crown. Final steps include the placement of the crown following fusion with the bone.
How long does the process take?
Because an important part of the dental implant process is bonding the titanium implant with the jaw bone, a dental implant is not something that can be done overnight. It is a series of steps that take time to complete, in order to ensure the process is done properly and the crown functions as well as a natural tooth. In general, once the implant has been placed, it will take several months until the new smile is complete, and full bite force can be applied to the dental implant.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
If you would like to find out more about dental implants and if the procedure is right for you, contact us today for an exam and consultation for dental implants in Phoenix. Our experienced staff and dentists will be able to advise you on which options are best for you.