Replacing one or more missing teeth using dental implants is the best decision you'll ever make for your oral health and your smile. Dr. Rick Dentistry is proud to offer implant restorations that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Here's all you need to know about dental implants and the many benefits they offer!
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing one or more of your teeth is more than just leaving a gap in your smile. It can cause a host of oral health problems, including the neighboring teeth shifting and permanently affecting your alignment. Moreover, the bone in the area breaks down over time, causing bone loss. Missing teeth can make it difficult to speak normally or chew your food with ease. It may also leave you with a sagging face and sunken cheeks. Implants offer a safe, effective, and permanent solution to avoid many oral health complications and restore your healthy, confident smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium screw-shaped posts that we surgically place in the jawbone to replace tooth roots. They provide an exceptionally secure and stable foundation to support a variety of implant restorations.
What Are the Common Types of Implant Restorations?
The most common types of implant restorations are dental crowns, implant-supported bridges, and implant-supported dentures. A dental crown offers a permanent solution to replace a single missing tooth, fully restoring its appearance, health, and function. An implant-supported bridge, on the other hand, can restore two or more missing teeth in the same area with unmatched comfort and function. When it comes to replacing multiple teeth, implant-supported dentures offer a durable and effective solution, leaving you with the confidence that your tooth replacements won't shift out of place.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Implants are the only restorations available that mimic the function of natural tooth roots, which helps stimulate the bone in the area and prevent bone loss. Your implant restorations look incredibly realistic, and you can clean them just as you would your natural teeth. Best of all, you won't have to worry about them slipping, shifting, or falling out. Dental implants are as close as you'll ever get to having natural, healthy teeth!
What Is the Dental Implant Process?
The first step is a consultation with Dr. Rick, during which he will evaluate your unique needs and determine if you're a candidate for dental implants. If you have bone loss, he may recommend a bone grafting procedure to ensure adequate bone mass in the area to support the implant.
We will perform a computerized tomography (CT) scan to examine the implant area. Dr. Rick will utilize our state-of-the-art computer with CEREC to place the implant on your gums. As the area heals, the implant will fuse with your remaining bone in a process called osseointegration which typically requires a few months. Once the healing process is complete, Dr. Rick will attach your new implant restoration to your implant, leaving you with stunning results.
Implant Dentistry Near Me
Visit Dr. Rick's dental practice in Scottsdale, AZ, to learn more about dental implants, the safe and permanent way to replace one or more of your missing teeth. Dr. Rick is committed to utilizing cutting-edge technology and techniques to deliver superior restorations. You can always count on him for care that exceeds your expectations. Call us and schedule your appointment today!