Tooth Implants: What is All-on-4?

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The All-on-4 dental implant treatment is sold by Nobel Biocare. It’s a brand name of both the actual posts and the implantation technique. All-on-4 implant-supported dentures are avialable at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

How is the All-on-4 system different than conventional implants?

With All-on-4 dentures, four implants are placed in the jaw. Ordinary implant dentures use more: generally, eight to ten per arch. To replace all of your teeth (upper and lower) you would need 16-20 implants.

The way the All-on-4 posts are set in the jaw bone is different as well. With this procedure, the rear posts are surgically implanted at an angle.

What are the advantages of All-on-4?

All-on-4 is more economical than a full set of dental implants.

All-on-4 can often be placed in one day. Because of this, they are also called “smile in a day” or “same day teeth.”

Who is a good candidate for All-on-4?

Success with any tooth restoration procedure depends on many considerations. A key consideration is whether the patient has enough healthy bone to support the implant. Patients with jaw bone recession in the back of the mouth may only be able to have this type of dental implant procedure.

What are the potential drawbacks of All-on-4?

Not all Phoenix dentists offer this treatment. There are various reasons. Some believe four implants don’t provide enough strength. It stands to reason that more implants provide more support. Another concern is that if an implant fails in the All-on-4 configuration, it may require that all dental implant procedures be replaced.

All-on-4 implant dentures are available at Harris Dental in Phoenix. We have placed them in patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa, who also come to us for complete general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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You Have Nothing To Lose Except Loose Dentures

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Dental implants like those available at Harris Dental in Phoenix have solved the problem of loose-fitting dentures.

Instead of relying on dental adhesive to keep ordinary dentures in place, dental implants can anchor full or partial dentures. They are secure enough to allow the wearer to eat an apple, chew a thick sandwich, or share a hearty laugh with certainty.

Implants can anchor either removable or fixed dentures. They fit better than traditional dentures, and are comfortable, functional, and pleasing.

Dental implants can also help prevent bone recession that often occurs after teeth have been extracted.

At Harris Dental we have restored countless smiles with dental implants. Patients throughout Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, and greater Phoenix have come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

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4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Better and Better: The Future of Implants

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Dentists are always reminding their patients to brush and floss their teeth. It’s the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums. But at Harris Dental in Phoenix we know that some of our patients are going to lose a tooth, in spite of everyone’s best efforts. When that happens, we recommend dental implants as a solution.

Humans have experimented with replacing lost teeth for thousands of years. Archaeologists tell us that the first known instance of an implanted tooth comes from the remains of an Egyptian king, whose upper jaw had a copper peg in it. They think it was hammered into place, but that’s an image we do not want to dwell on.

Other ancient cultures experimented with carved bamboo, pieces of stone and steel, and even sea shells. Rest assured, dental implants since then have come a long, long way. Today dental implants are a titanium post that is surgically placed in the patient’s jaw. One implant can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple implants can support a set of dentures.

Dental prognosticators gazing into their crystal balls say that implants are going to get even better, and that improvements aren’t that far down the road. We can expect faster healing and even lower failure rates, which are already pretty low.

At present, the most common cause of failure in dental implants is oral microbial infection. New generations of dental implants are expected to feature a reservoir that slowly releases anti-microbial medicine that prevents the growth of bacteria.

To find out whether dental implants are right for you, call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Our patients come to us from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa for dental inplants, complete general dentistry and more. Call today!

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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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