Dental Implant Restoration Services in Tucson
Anyone can lose teeth because of problems such as periodontal disease, trauma, or decay. But there is no need to live with the situation. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or several, and the results often last a lifetime.
Missing teeth can affect self-confidence and speech, make it difficult to chew food, and impact general health, so it is essential to replace them. Implants are an excellent solution because they look and feel like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, implants are comfortable, and it is easy to care for them. They can also help prevent bone loss in the jaw.
What Are Dental Implants
Dental implant procedures are provided by a specialist such as a periodontist or oral surgeon, generally in an office.
Implant specialists replace tooth roots with metal posts during an implant procedure and replace teeth with artificial teeth that look and feel real. Implants are ideal alternatives to dentures or bridgework that don’t fit well. They are also a good choice when the condition of natural roots makes it impossible to build bridgework or dentures.
The type of surgery performed depends on the condition of your jawbone and the type of implant. Some patients require several procedures. For implants to provide reliable support for replacement teeth, the bone must heal tightly around implants. Healing time differs for each person and can take several months.
Why Specialists Recommend Implants
Dental implants are surgically implanted in your jawbone, where they replace the roots of missing teeth. Titanium in the implants fuses with the jawbone, so implants don’t make noise, slip, or cause bone damage the way bridgework or dentures can.
A specialist is most likely to recommend implants for patients who:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have enough jawbone to secure implants or are candidates for a bone graft
- Have jawbones that have reached full growth
- Do not have health conditions that would impact bone healing
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Cannot or will not wear dentures
- Would like to improve their speech
- Are non-smokers
- Will commit months to the process
Benefits of a Dental Implant
Everyone wants a bright white smile to last them the rest of their lives, dental implants can make that happen! At Foothills Family Dental you can get the best teeth whitening procedure available in Tucson, but let’s break down what the benefits. It’s very important to take care of a missing tooth for your health, and of course your dental health. Not only will a missing tooth affect the functionality of your mouth but it may lead to a list of other issues. So the first benefit is stopping further issues from occurring. Next let’s take a look at why a dental implant is the best option for tooth replacement.
Implants provide a unique solution to missing or damaged teeth because, unlike other options, they can restore both function and looks. They are also:
- Very close to natural teeth
- Able to prevent teeth shifting and bone loss
- Secure enough to let patients eat anything without slipping or movement
Long term health benefits of dental implants
The best thing about a dental implant has to do with the fact that it helps to preserve the bones in your jaw and prevents any further deterioration of facial structure. When someone loses or most or all their teeth the jawbone has nothing left to stimulate and this can cause deterioration of facial tissue and cause collapsing of your chin and jawline. Even if you only need 1 replaced, the long term benefits are worth it. To get started you can give Foothills Family Dental in Tucson a call today.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Implants?
Most people are good candidates for dental implants, but there are exceptions. Some patients have conditions that can result in poor outcomes.
Realistic Look and Feel to Tooth Replacement
The first thing in someone’s mind when it comes to debating a tooth replacement method like dental implants is if it will look real. This is the best option considering they not only look real but feel real when you use them as well. They were designed to look as real as possible. When you put them side to side with other tooth replacements, a dental implant always wins the race. Once you have one implanted you can then treat it like you would any other tooth. There’s no special dental hygiene maintenance for it. You’ll just need to brush and floss like you would any other. For the most natural smile contact Foothills Family Dental.
The Dental Implant Procedure
There are generally four phases to implant treatment, as follows:
Phase One: Placing the Implants
Specialists place titanium posts in your jaw, typically in their office, using local or IV sedation. The choice is up to the patient. Implants are usually submerged below the gum line and cannot be seen, although some are visible and sit flush with the gum line. You need time to recover from implantation and give the bone around the implants to harden, a process called osseointegration, which can take many months. You may wear a temporary prosthesis and may need to stick to a soft food diet. You will be given pain medications.
Phase Two: Exposing Implants (Not necessary in all cases)
If your implants have been submerged in your gums during recovery, you will need this minor procedure. Specialists do not do it until the bone has fused with the implants. A specialist uncovers the implants and then attaches a healing collar that keeps them exposed. It also gives gums a definite boundary of where prosthetics will sit. You can still wear temporary prosthetics after the procedure.
Phase Three: Implanting Replacement Teeth
After several weeks of recovery, the soft tissues in your mouth will have healed to the point where your doctor can take impressions of your mouth. Impressions are used to create the artificial teeth (prosthesis) your implants will hold in place. Fabricating the artificial teeth usually takes several weeks. When you have completely healed, an abutment is placed on top of each implant to give the surface area it needs to attach securely to the implant. A dental adhesive is used to place a permanent prosthesis.
Phase Four: Maintaining New Teeth
Once implants are complete and teeth restored, it is essential to care for them. Maintaining implants is much like caring for natural teeth. You need to practice good oral hygiene and schedule routine professional exams and cleanings. Implants have evolved to the point where they can last decades, and many patients have them for life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is this procedure safe?
The technology for this procedure continues to advance and had made it extremely safe. This is considered not only safe but one of the most reliable ways to replace a tooth.
How long will the tooth replacement process take?
This process will likely happen with 2 phases. This will be spread out over a three to nine-month period. It could take longer if you start with an extraction that needs to heal. In some cases, you may even need bone grafts.
Is this tooth replacement method painful?
This option is actually relatively painless. During the process, the dentist will give you an anesthetic. This will make sure you don’t feel any pain. After it’s done you’ll be prescribed antibiotics and possibly some pain medication. You’ll most likely only deal with minimal discomfort.
What foods can you eat after the surgery?
After your surgery, for the next 2 days, you’ll need to eat soft foods and liquids only. Things like milkshakes, yogurt, smooth soups, and mashed potatoes. On your 3rd day of healing, you can then begin eating foods that require minimal chewing. For example, cooked noodles, macaroni and cheese, and soft sandwiches. During these days avoid crunch or tough foods like rice, pizza, and popcorn. Also, stay away from spicy foods and anything acidic. After about 7 days of your dental implant surgery, you can go back to your regular diet.