Slow The Rate Of Bone Loss Following Extraction

Dental Implants Restorative Dentistry

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A serious side effect of losing a tooth by extraction, accident, or disease is the potential for bone loss. This can be minimized, or even avoided outright, with a dental implant from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ.

The Alveolar Bone

The bone surrounding the teeth is called alveolar bone. Its main job is to support the teeth and provide a tough foundation for tooth roots. Normal mouth function maintains bone health. As you chew, it stimulates bone cells to consistently produce new bone.

What Can Cause Alveolar Bone Loss?

When a tooth is lost, the bone where the tooth once was is at risk. The forces of chewing no longer stimulate the bone in that area. The bone begins to get narrower, then shorter.

Studies have shown that a considerable amount of†alveolar bone loss can take place within six weeks of losing the tooth. Since it recedes so quickly, the sooner you can get an implant, the better.

Unfortunately, conventional dentures do nothing to prevent bone loss. A dental implant, however, simulates the natural tooth root and stimulates the bone. Whether it’s for one or more lost teeth, dental implants from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ help to prevent bone loss. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to us for complete restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

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What Are Possible Dental Implant Complications?

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Dental implants from Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ are state-of-the-art, with a success rate in the area of ninety-eight percent. That number is a testament to implant technology.

But like any medical or dental procedure, there are certain risks involved. In this post, we will consider possible complications of a dental implant.

  • Infection: Any surgical procedure poses an infection risk. That’s why we often prescribe an antibiotic beforehand. Beginning the second day post-surgery, the implant site should also be rinsed with a salt water solution.
  • Slow Healing: A patient is more likely to experience slow healing if they have another medical condition. Possible conditions include gum disease, diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, or poor circulation due to smoking. We take preexisting conditions into account.
  • Sinus Problems: Upper implants are placed very close to the floor of the sinus. Because of this proximity, an implant can perforate the floor of the sinus cavity. This is rare.
  • Implant Failure: If an implant fails to integrate with the surrounding bone, it is usually due to insufficient blood supply. Teeth grinding, smoking, and the medical conditions discussed previously can impair blood circulation.
  • Nerve Damage: Nerve damage occurs in a very small percentage of implant procedures. Patients may have pain, tingling or numbness at the implant site.

An informed patient makes the best decisions, and at Harris Dental in Phoenix AZ, we make sure every dental implant patient knows exactly what is involved. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa trust us with implants and other restorative dentistry procedures. Contact us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Are Dental Implants Experimental?

Dental Implants Restorative Dentistry

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Dental implants are tooth replacement marvels that have been placed in millions of people. They look and function just like the real thing, and are available at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Technically, dental implants are not replacement teeth. The actual implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw. In a few months’ time it fuses with the bone. One implant is a solid support for one artificial tooth. Several can support a bridge or full dental arch.

Humans have tinkered with implanting teeth for thousands of years. The origins of modern dental implants date back to the early 1950s, when it was discovered that titanium can fuse with bone. An implant was successfully placed in a human in 1965. The technology has steadily improved, and  today dental implants have gone from experimental to mainstream.

It’s the ability to fuse with the bone that make implants so successful. Some studies have shown a success rate as high as 98%! Cases of the body rejecting them are rare.

Dental implants dramatically improve your ability to bite and chew. In most patients it is normal to near-normal. They restore your smile, too. But they also prevent the bone loss common to people with missing teeth.

Are dental implants experimental? Far from it! At Harris Dental in Phoenix we have placed many implants, on patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa. People also come to us for complete general dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

 

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What are Implant-Stabilized Dentures?

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Imagine being able to replace your missing teeth with dentures that are so stable, they seem more like natural teeth than ordinary dentures ever could. With implant-supported dentures from Harris Dental in Phoenix you don’t have to imagine: they’re here.

Anyone who wears ordinary dentures knows how difficult it is to keep them secure in the mouth. Everyday things like eating and speaking. That’s not an issue with implant-supported dentures.

The reason for that is that they are secured in the mouth by dental implants, which themselves are part of the jaw. Implants are metal posts that are placed in the jaw. Within a few months of placement they actually fuse with the bone and become a solid foundation for a dental arch.

Patients with implant-supported dentures:

  • Can eat virtually anything
  • Rarely need them adjusted
  • Have more confidence
  • Have an improved quality of life

Millions of Americans have already benefitted from dental implants. At Harris Dental in Phoenix we’ve placed them in patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa, who also come to us for complete general dentistry. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Wear A Crown In Phoenix

Dental Crowns Restorative Dentistry

Wear A Crown In Phoenix

Dental crowns are among the restorative procedures we use most at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Crowns restore and protect a tooth that has been damaged, or had dental work. Each crown is custom-made to fit the tooth it is for.

This type of crown is sometimes called a “cap” because of the way they fit over the tooth. The purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth’s shape and size, and also its functionality. Once the crown is cemented into place it completely covers the visible portion of the tooth.

Some of the reasons we place a crown over a tooth:

  • It may have been badly chipped or broken
  • There may be a cavity too big to fill
  • A restoration after a root canal
  • Discoloration, or a similar cosmetic reason

When a crown is used as a restoration there is usually a temporary one before the final one. The temporary is used to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is made in a dental lab. A temporary crown is, of course, not as strong as a permanent crown, and patients need to be aware of that.

Once a dental crown is in place it should last for years to come, providing normal biting and chewing ability. Patients come to Harris Dental in Phoenix from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa for crowns and other restorative dentistry, and much more. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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