At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we are always reminding our patients to brush and floss their teeth. It’s the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums. But we know that in spite of everyone’s best efforts, some of our patients are going to lose one or more of their tooth. When that happens, we recommend dental implants as the best solution.
A single implant can support one artificial tooth. Several can support a set of dentures.
Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an immensely versatile custom substitute for dentures.
Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a heavy-duty base for an over denture.
Here is the process:
1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, we will take x-rays and analyze your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We will review options with you and together you will create a treatment plan.
2. Implant Placement
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.
Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone fuses with the implant to make a solid foundation for the final restoration.
4. Final Restoration
Whether your final step is a crown, bridge, or denture, we will work with the lab to construct a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are practically indistinguishable from original teeth.
At Harris Dental in Phoenix, dental implants are among the restorative dentistry procedures we offer. Make an appointment today.
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