Do You Need Dental Implants Phoenix?
Implants are a complex dental procedure that offers permanent, beautiful results. Unlike veneers, caps, or dentures, an implant rebuilds the natural tooth structure. Getting dental implants Phoenix mean your “new teeth” act just like your natural teeth. In many cases, they may never have to be replaced again.
Dental implants are an incredible alternative to dentures. They are ideal for patients who need one new tooth, several new teeth or a complete tooth replacement. Since dental implants look, feel, and act just like “real teeth,” they are a very popular and desirable option. The American Dental Association supports the use of dental implants as tooth replacements.
Why We Recommend Implants Instead of Partials or Dentures
Compared to dentures, dental implant treatment helps restore the jaw bone. The tissue grows around the post, and this can prevent further deterioration.
Dentures may slowly lose their fit over time. Implants won't. Dentures must be removed and cleaned. Implants don't. Partials can't help the bone heal itself. Like dentures, partials don't improve overall oral health. They only provide tooth replacement. If bone loss does occur, the jaw becomes weaker and more teeth are lost.
As you can see, there are many benefits to this advanced procedure for tooth loss. You can get more information from our office. We are happy to provide the tooth replacement you choose, but we definitely recommend implants as the best of the bunch.
Implant cost sometimes stops patients from even considering this smart approach to tooth loss. Let us help you find financing so your mouth can benefit from modern scientific advances.
What is the Process for Dental Implants Phoenix?
Many dentists offer implants, but they can only do the temporary and final tooth placement. Instead Dr. Scott Connell and his team can do the entire procedure in the office without sending you to a different specialist. That's a big savings of time and effort just by choosing expert care at Sky Dental. Generally the procedure requires two appointments, unless there are many teeth to be pulled. Depending on how quickly a patient’s mouth heals, a person has the second appointment from six to ten weeks after the posts are implanted.
1. Tooth Removal, if Needed
Removing the damaged and/or diseased tooth is a first step for some patients. Our office seeks to make this procedure as pain-free as possible.
2. In-office deep cleaning.
For best results, the implant site and surrounding area must be as clean as possible. This often requires a routine in-office cleaning or a deep clean (also known as a scaling and root planning).
3. Tooth shaping, if necessary.
Oftentimes, the teeth on either side of the implant site may need to be lightly shaped and filed to provide the best support for the implant.
4. Post Insertion.
Before the new tooth can be added, oral surgery is needed to affix a post to the jaw bone. The post is very small and becomes a permanent part of the patient’s mouth. This step requires the skills of a highly qualified Phoenix dentist, such as Dr. Scott Connell at Sky Dental.
5. Temporary Tooth
A temporary tooth is placed on the titanium post for comfort. Your Phoenix dentist will explain proper care for your temporary tooth until the mouth has healed and is ready for permanent tooth replacements.
6. Healing Time
Healing times vary from patient to patient. It can take up to 12 weeks. A patient may speed up healing time by practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding acidic foods. Smoking can greatly increase recovery times and should be avoided as a general rule.
7. The New Tooth
At the final placement appointment, your dentist will affix a new tooth. Made of tough material, the artificial tooth should look just like your real ones, and it can last for many years to come.
Are Dental Implants Phoenix Forever Teeth?
Just like natural teeth, these replacement teeth can be damaged (although that’s very tough to do). Fortunately, titanium posts are nearly indestructible. Should the replacement tooth get damaged in the future, another one can be placed on the permanent post.
For best results, the new 'forever teeth' do require good dental hygiene, both at home and during regular in-office cleanings. They aren’t a “get it and forget it” option. Caring for dental implants requires proper brushing and flossing, but you'll be doing that anyway for the surrounding teeth. It also requires professional cleanings just like the rest of your teeth to keep the surrounding bone and gum tissue healthy.
Our patients who have switched from dentures assure us that it is much easier to care for dental implants than it is to soak dentures every night. It's also nice not to worry about how dentures fit your jaw.
Ready, Get Set, Get Started!
Call the dental implant experts at Sky Dental today and schedule an appointment. Permanent, perfect teeth that act just like your own can make a big difference in your quality of life. Request an appointment.