Dental Implant Options

Missing teeth can make life very difficult — simple tasks, such as eating and speaking, become more of a chore when you are missing teeth. At Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we want to help you live a normal life with a beautiful and fully functional smile. We offer several different options for tooth replacement, and we are confident that we have a treatment that will fit your specific needs.

Dental implants are the most effective and beneficial tooth replacement solution. Their unique three-part design — comprised of the implant screw, the abutment, and the prosthetic crown — is the most sustainable option for replacing teeth. The implant screw acts as your natural tooth root, keeping your jaw bone stimulated and providing the necessary support for the prosthetic crown. Not only are implants designed to look and function like your natural teeth, but they can be treated like natural teeth as well. You can eat all of your favorite foods, and caring for dental implants is as easy as brushing and flossing regularly — just like you should for your natural teeth. If properly taken care of, dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that can last a lifetime. Once they are placed, you won’t have to worry about getting them replaced, and it will be almost impossible to distinguish them from your other teeth.

Dental implants aren’t the appropriate solution for every patient with missing teeth; the best way to find out if you are a candidate for dental implant placement is to visit our office for a consultation. If you are healthy enough to receive dental implants, they are the best choice for tooth replacement.

Bridges are a common choice for tooth replacement among patients with multiple missing teeth. The two teeth adjacent to your missing teeth will be ground down by your oral surgeon, and then the bridge will be placed over these two teeth, bridging the gap caused by your missing teeth. Though this solution is viable for patients looking to restore their smile, it is not the best solution for restoring oral function or maintaining oral health. You must sacrifice healthy teeth to accommodate the placement of the bridge. In addition, a bridge simply rests on your gums, making your jaw bone prone to deterioration because it lacks proper stimulation.

Though bridges are great for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile, they do little for your oral function and oral health. If you are healthy enough to undergo an extraction, you are likely healthy enough to receive dental implants. We encourage you to visit us for a consultation to find out if implants are the right choice for you.

Dentures have traditionally been the only solution to extensive tooth loss. However, thanks to advancements in technology, there are now other options available to patients with many missing teeth, such as full-arch restoration. Dentures are a better choice for patients who are looking for a removable option. Traditional dentures can restore your smile and help you regain your confidence. There are even procedures that oral surgeons can perform to reshape areas of your mouth to help find the best and most comfortable fit for your dentures. Dentures need to be replaced after several years and require special care to keep them in good shape. They do not stimulate your jaw in any way, and therefore you will most likely experience bone deterioration if you choose dentures.

For patients who are healthy enough to receive dental implants, we strongly suggest you look into full-arch restoration. Full-arch restoration replaces your teeth with a denture — but rather than a removable option that rests on your gums, it’s a permanent denture that is affixed to dental implants. This solution is better for maintaining your overall oral health and offers more benefits than traditional dentures.

At Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Solutions, we offer many solutions for tooth replacement, and we are confident we have a treatment that fits your needs. We would be more than happy to discuss all of your options with you and help you choose what works best for you. Dental implants can help you permanently restore your smile and oral function, and we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office.

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