Do You Need Dental Implants in Phoenix?
Dental implants are a complex dental procedure that offers permanent, beautiful results. Unlike veneers, caps, or dentures, dental implants truly implant a replacement tooth into a patient’s mouth. Getting dental implants in Phoenix mean your “new teeth” act just like your natural teeth and should never have to be replaced.
However, they do require good dental hygiene, both at home and during regular in-office cleanings, so they aren’t a “get it and forget it” option. Caring for dental implants requires proper brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings just like the rest of your teeth to keep the surrounding bone and gum tissue healthy.
Are You a Good Dental Implant Candidate?
Dental implants are an incredible alternative to dentures. They are ideal for patients who need a complete tooth replacement, whereas cosmetic options like veneers require a healthy tooth to act as the anchor. 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.
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.
Generally the procedure requires two appointments, sometimes stretched out over several weeks depending on how quickly a patient’s mouth heals.
What is the Process for Dental Implants?
- Removing tooth, if necessary.
- Deep cleaning
- Tooth shaping, if necessary
- Post Insertion
- Temporary tooth placement
- Healing time
- Final Placement
- Ensuring the implant site and surrounding area is as clean as possible is a must. This may require a routine in-office cleaning or a deep clean (also known as a scaling and root planning).
- Removing the damaged and/or diseased tooth if applicable. Some patients opt for dental implants for a missing tooth, while others need a “bad tooth” extracted first. The extraction is just like having wisdom teeth removed, and it’s a comfortable, pain-free process.
- Tooth shaping. 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.
- In-office cleaning.
- Post insertion. Dental implants work by placing a replacement tooth onto a post that is affixed to the jaw bone. The post is very small and becomes a permanent part of the patient’s mouth.
- A temporary tooth is placed on the post for comfort.
- Healing times vary from patient to patient. It can take up to 12 weeks. A patient may speed up healing time by not smoking, avoiding acidic foods, and practicing good oral hygiene.
Are Dental Implants Forever Teeth?
Just like regular teeth, these replacement teeth can be damaged (although that’s very tough to do). Fortunately, the post is nearly indestructible. Should the replacement tooth get damaged in the future, another one can be placed on the permanent post.
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 a patient’s quality of life. Request an appointment.