Dental Implants: Does Your Age Matter?

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Dental implants have rightly been called one of the greatest advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no! No, age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is a good candidate for an implant.

The most important consideration is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these issues may not be good candidates.

Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can slow the healing process.

Bone Density

A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, prevents bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.

Even if you don’t, there are options. Bone grafting is a fairly simple procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.

A final consideration: a patient must  have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to good dental health, including regular dental visits.

If you’re concerned that you are too old to get a dental implant, rest assured: age is not an issue. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we can replace teeth with single and multiple dental implants. They are among our restorative dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointnent today!

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Is A Tooth Implant The Same As A Dental Crown?

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What’s the difference between a dental implant and a crown? The relationship can be confusing. At Harris Dental in Phoenix they can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations.

Let’s clear up the confusion.

1. A dental implant can act as a foundation for a crown.

A complete implant/crown procedure includes a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and crown.

2. A crown can be used to protect a damaged tooth.

Removing decay weakens the tooth. Once the decay is removed, a filling may not be enough to restore necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these circumstances. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth

3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.

When a tooth has been taken out, a dental bridge may be used to restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be used with a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth. A dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it warrants three crowns to replace one missing tooth!

When it comes to replacing lost teeth, dental implants from Harris Dental in Phoenix are state-of-the-art. Other services include complete general dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

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Think A Missing Back Tooth Is No Big Deal?

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Most people are embarrassed by having a missing tooth in the front of the mouth. It may not be fair, but a gaping hole would have negative connotations for just about anyone. We can address that issue with a dental implant, at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

But what about a missing molar? Someone who loses a back tooth, it seems, is more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, they consider an extraction the final answer.

Bone Recession

Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we may not consider its condition. The health of a jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health.

When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site begins to shrink and recede. A dental implant prevents that: it replaces the tooth root and maintains the health of the bone.

A dental implant is a titanium post that gets inserted into the jaw. One implant can support an artificial tooth, and several of them can support a dental bridge, or even a full dental arch (denture).

The implant not only supports a replacement tooth and prevents bone recession. It also helps neighboring teeth from shifting and rotating.

To find out more about dental implants, please schedule an appointment with us at name of practice. We have complete general dentistry services. Call today!

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Replace A Missing Tooth With A Durable Dental Implant

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Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the field of dentistry, and with good reason. Implants are an artificial tooth root that is inserted in the jaw of a patient, to replace a missing root. One implant can support an artificial tooth; multiple implants can anchor a set of dentures. Dental implants are available at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the field of dentistry, and with good reason. An implant-supported tooth looks and functions like a natural tooth. Implants are made of titanium, which fuses with the bone. In addition to providing a solid base for the artificial tooth, it helps to prevent bone recession.

When they are properly cared for, dental implants can last for twenty-five years or longer, and have a success rate of greater than ninety percent.. Those are additional reasons why they have become the tooth replacement option of choice.

Dental implants are among the restorative dentistry procedures available at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

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Look As Young As You Feel By Replacing Missing Teeth

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They say that everyone wants a long life, but no one wants to get old. How true. Yet it happens. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we believe teeth can be healthy at any age.

Gaps In Your Smile?

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we restore missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants help active seniors look as young as they feel. They are strong, beautiful, and function like real teeth. Restore the youthful smile you once enjoyed with permanent tooth implants.

Dental implants, if you haven’t heard, are titanium posts inserted into the jaw. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a bridge or even a dental arch.

Avoid denture drawbacks: embarrassing slipping, limited taste, and gum irritation. Dental implants are not just for youthful smiles, they keep your facial shape intact by preserving jawbone structure.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we offer dental implants, and a full range of restorative dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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