Replace A Missing Tooth With A Durable Dental Implant

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Phoenix dental implants

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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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

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Phoenix cosmetic dentistry

If you have missing spaces in your smile due to cavities, injury or any other reason, there is hope. If your existing teeth are stained, decayed, or broken, there is hope. If your teeth have always been misshapen, or crooked, there is hope. Cosmetic dentistry at Harris Dental in Phoenix can address all of those problems.

Regardless of the issue, it is usually preferable to save your natural teeth. If this is not feasible, and you have already lost teeth, we offer multiple ways for you to keep (or regain) your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile with confidence.

Dental Implant
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A single implant can support a single replacement tooth, while multiple immplants can support a dental arch.

Dentures
Traditional dentures consist of  a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed for cleaning. As noted above, dental implants can support dentures. We provide All on 4 dentures, a modern alternative to the traditional style.

Porcelain Veneers
If you still have your teeth, but are not comfortable with them, these might be the best answer. Stunning porcelain veneers are thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They improve unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.

There is no need to miss out on a gorgeous smile. To find out more about dental implants or porcelain veneers, call Harris Dental to schedule an appointment today.

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Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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cosmetic dental and implants 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.

3. Integration
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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Implant Dentures: Fixed Or Removable?

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Today, people with missing teeth are fortunate to have a replacement option that is superior to traditional dentures and dental bridges. Implant-supported dentures have numerous advantages over conventional dentures, and they’re available at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

  • Secure in the mouth—no slipping
  • Provides up to 100% natural chewing function
  • Upper denture doesn’t cover as much of the palate
  • Comfortable
  • Little or no gum irritation
  • Doesn’t inhibit speaking ability
  • Strong and durable
  • Implants prevent bone loss and “sunken face”
  • Allows you to eat any type of food
  • No adhesive required
  • Minimally invasive oral surgery for implant placement

What Are The Differences Between Fixed and Removable?

Fixed implant-retained dentures (sometimes called screw-in) require more implants than the removable type. They can restore 100% chewing function.

Removable implant dentures (sometimes called snap-in) may require just 4 implants to stabilize the upper arch and just 2 for the lower denture. Removable implant-stabilized dentures can restore up to 90% of chewing ability.

Bone Condition

Implants require a sufficient amount of healthy bone structure for placement. The condition of your jaw bone affects whether or not it can support implants and where the posts can be inserted.

Convenience

Fixed implant-stabilized dentures don’t have to be removed for cleaning. Patients who have found it inconvenient to clean traditional dentures would face the same issue with removable implant-retained dentures.

Diet

Fixed dentures are stronger than removable dentures. Patients who choose foods that are harder to chew should consider this.

Sleep Conditions

People with TMJ or sleep apnea may find it harder to manage these conditions if they have to remove their dentures at night.

To find out more about implant supported dentures, call Harris Dental in Phoenix. Other services include general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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The Great Battle General Washington Could Not Win

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Ever wonder why we rarely catch a glimpse of the teeth of our founding fathers, or of anyone depicted in the art of that era? It was hardly customary to smile while snapping selfies in the 1700’s. That’s likely because artists could take up to a year to finish a portrait (imaging the cheek cramps holding a smile that long!). Plus, a face displaying 18th century dental work was nothing to immortalize on canvas.

George Washington’s was no exception. He suffered poor dental health his entire adult life. He lost an average of one tooth a year for decades until, at his inauguration, he had but one tooth remaining. Throughout the years, including those spent fighting the British, General Washington regularly ordered dental appliances, tooth scrapers, and painkillers in his battle for oral health. But alas, the revolution’s greatest general was destined lose the war to save his smile.

Paintings of young Washington illustrate a handsome man with a natural and well-proportioned facial bone structure. Images painted during his Presidential years, however, disclose the underlying dental turmoil Washington was enduring. If loosing his teeth was not painful enough, the devices built to replace them were almost worse. The term dental appliance today describes several types of elegantly crafted, perfectly fitted devices that fill voids, realign bites, and restore smiles. In 1776, however, the contraptions George suffered were more the size, weight, and complexity of an actual household appliance. By the time Washington became our nation’s first President, his dentures were a heavy construction of lead, springs and gold wires, holding together teeth fashioned from bone and ivory, along with real teeth taken from cows, asses, and even slaves (to whom he paid the customary fees for “donated” teeth).

Not only were these teeth somewhat difficult to look upon, their heavy springs required Washington to clinch his jaw in order to close his mouth. So, not only did the heavy dentures cause is lips to protrude, over time they also caused his jaw to become heavy and misshapen. The face we have come to revere as that of the “Father of our Country” was shaped, in part, by the painful personal battle so few knew he was fighting. As one might understand, these dental problems made President Washington self-conscious and reticent to speak in public; Imagine the great speeches never delivered because of the extraordinary effort required for him to even talk.

Contrary to folklore, no evidence affirms that Washington ever gave orders or made speeches through teeth carved from wood. This myth likely started because Washington enjoyed a glass of wine at dinner and, over the years, the red wine stained the cracks in his ivory teeth, creating patterns that resembled wood grain.

These two centuries later, the art of restoring dental health brings confidence and comfort to millions. From simple cosmetic procedures that enhance smiles, to full restorations of entire sets of teeth, Harris Dental is helping patients live life to the fullest with excellent oral health. If ever you find yourself shy to smile in a selfy, or reticent to speak in public because of dental concerns, please let us help. Don’t rob yourself and those you love of the joy of sharing smiles with you.

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