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Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

If you want a long-term solution to replacing one or more missing teeth, you may want to consider dental implants. These cutting-edge restorations closely mimic nature’s design, providing incredibly natural-looking and feeling results. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rick to get on track to a beautiful, functional, and confident smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed in your jawbone to support replacement teeth made to look and function like your natural teeth. They mimic the function of missing tooth roots, stabilizing the bone in the area and preventing bone loss. Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, with results comparable to natural, healthy teeth.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Candidates for dental implants are generally individuals with healthy gums and good overall health. They must also be committed to maintaining excellent oral hygiene and keeping up with their regular dental exams and cleanings to ensure the procedure's success. Implant dentistry may not be the best solution for individuals with conditions that interfere with healing, such as heavy smoking or uncontrolled diabetes.

To receive implants, you will need sufficient bone mass in the area to support the implant. If you've been missing one or more teeth for some time and have bone loss, Dr. Rick may recommend a bone graft to build up the bone and allow you to enjoy the many benefits of implant dentistry.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants offer an excellent, permanent tooth replacement option. They are the only restorations that act like natural tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone and preventing bone loss in the area. Your new replacement teeth will restore your ability to chew your favorite foods and allow you to speak without slurring. They also support your facial structure, preventing any sagging.

Dental implants replace gaps in your smile, preventing the remaining teeth from shifting or tilting. That reduces the risk of crooked teeth, problems with the bite, periodontal (gum) disease, and TMJ problems. With proper care, your dental implant restorations have the potential to last a lifetime!

What Is the Dental Implant Procedure?

Dr. Rick will conduct an oral exam to evaluate your unique needs and help you determine if you are a candidate for the transformative procedure. He may recommend a bone graft to build up the bone in the area to provide the needed support for your dental implant.

Dr. Rick uses state-of-the-art computerized tomography (CT) scans to evaluate the area of the implant. Using a cutting-edge computer with CEREC, he places the implant with extreme precision.

During the healing process, the titanium implant fuses to your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration, which may take a few months. Once osseointegration is complete, Dr. Rick will attach your new replacement teeth to their artificial roots, leaving you with results comparable to healthy, natural teeth.

Dental Implants Near Me

Visit Dr. Rick's Dental practice in Scottsdale, AZ, to learn more about restoring your smile with dental implants. Dr. Rick and his team are committed to providing high-quality, durable restorations for long-term healthy smiles. Don't let tooth loss hold you back. Call us to schedule your appointment today!