DENTAL IMPLANT INFORMATION
Dental implants are replacement teeth that are designed to restore both your oral function and your smile. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that maintains your overall oral health. Other solutions may replace teeth but do not interact with your jaw bone, allowing it to atrophy. Dental implants, however, are placed directly into the tooth socket and integrate with your jaw bone, maintaining regular stimulation and therefore keeping your mouth and jaws healthy. Dental implants offer many other benefits over other replacement options, including their ability to blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES
One benefit of choosing dental implants over another replacement option is that you still have a choice of several procedures. Dental implants can be used in multiple treatments: they can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even a full arch of teeth. This versatility makes them a much more effective and efficient solution than other choices. Dental implant procedures typically require just a couple of visits to our office — one to place the implant screw and a few months later, a second to attach your prosthesis. The prosthesis you receive will depend on the number of teeth you are replacing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our goal is to help you better understand dental implants and their potential as your tooth replacement solution, and we are happy to provide you with this information. It’s important to remember, however, that the best way to get accurate information about your specific condition and treatment plan is to visit our office. Once you meet with one of our oral surgeons for a consultation, we can give you more accurate information that is personalized to fit your needs. This site is intended to give you as much information as possible to prepare you for your appointment.
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Dr. Robert S. Wood, Dr. Nicholas J. Coles, and the team at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are proud to provide the highest level of dental implant care in Tucson, AZ.
DENTAL IMPLANTS INFORMATION
Whereas most tooth replacement options are designed to restore just your appearance or even minimal function to your mouth, dental implants are specially designed to restore both full oral function and appearance. A dental implant is uniquely comprised of three pieces — the implant screw, the abutment, and the prosthetic crown — that work together to mimic the anatomy of a natural tooth. The medical-grade titanium screw acts as a tooth root; it integrates with your jaw bone, which then maintains your jaw bone health and provides a stable foundation for the prosthetic crown. The prosthetic tooth is attached to the implant screw via the abutment, providing a sturdy and permanent connection. Your dental implant is designed to match the look of the rest of your teeth, and once all the pieces have been attached, your smile will look normal and function naturally.
- ORAL EXAMINATION
- The Surgical Procedure
- After Treatment
The first step in the dental implant process is typically the initial consultation, at which you will undergo a thorough oral examination to determine your candidacy. In most cases, if you are healthy enough to undergo simple dental procedures, such as tooth extractions, then you are healthy enough to receive dental implants. When you visit our office for your first appointment, either Dr. Wood or Dr. Coles will take ample time to get to know you and examine your mouth so he can fully understand your condition. Once your oral surgeon has accurately assessed your needs and gotten the best look at your mouth and jaws, he can develop a personalized implant treatment plan to fit your needs.
Every patient’s condition differs slightly, which means that every dental implant treatment will differ slightly based on the patient’s needs. In a typical implant case, the treatment process involves two short procedures — the first to place the implant base and the second to attach the connecting abutment. However, for patients whose teeth have been missing for a long time, other procedures may be necessary to prepare the mouth for implant placement, such as bone grafting. After your first procedure, you will have several months to heal, allowing the implant plenty of time to fuse with your jaw bone. In many cases, you will receive a temporary prosthetic tooth during this period so that you do not have to operate without a tooth.
Taking the appropriate measures after your dental implant placement is important for the comfort of your recovery and the success of your new teeth. At your consultation appointment, we will provide you with instructions for both your pre- and post-operative care. Following the guidelines listed in your post-operative instructions will ensure that you heal properly and quickly. We want you to return to your normal routine as possible, and these guidelines will help you do so while recovering comfortably. If there is anything not covered in your instructions, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Dental Implants Tucson
Why should I choose dental implants? Dental implants are the best choice for tooth replacement because they offer patients a permanent and health-conscious solution. Unlike bridges and dentures, which must be replaced after several years of wear and tear, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. Their unique design allows them to fully integrate with your jaw bone, preventing the need for future replacement. In addition, dental implants are the only replacement option that helps you maintain your overall oral health. When you lose teeth, your jaw bone suffers because it loses its normal stimulation from chewing. Other tooth replacement options may replace teeth, but they typically rest on the gums and therefore do not interact with your jaw. In contrast, dental implants are placed into your tooth socket and fuse with your jaw bone, maintaining stimulation and thus preventing deterioration.
Though not everyone qualifies for dental implants, we encourage all that do to schedule an appointment at our office. Even patients who have previously been told they are not candidates because of jaw bone atrophy may qualify for implants with a bone grafting procedure. Dental implants can restore your oral function, oral health, and your smile. They offer long-term benefits and can help you live a normal life, enjoying the foods you love and showing off your smile.