in North Scottsdale, AZ
People lose their teeth for a variety of reasons and dental implants can help. Perhaps you had one or all your natural teeth extracted due to dental disease or lost several of them because of an accident or other trauma. It is important to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible.
While you may only be considering the gap in your smile, Dr. Rick understands that missing teeth can cause additional oral health problems. One of the most concerning problems is that any open area on your gums can cause the other teeth to shift and permanently affect your alignment. Missing teeth can also cause facial sagging and make it difficult for you to chew your food or speak normally. Dental implants in Scottsdale, AZ can resolve all these problems.
The Dental Implant Process
The first thing you need to do if you’re interested in dental implants is to call (480) 585-4244 to schedule an appointment for an oral exam with Dr. Rick. He will let you know if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Some patients may need a bone graft to ensure adequate strength in the area receiving the implant. The next steps include:
- A computerized tomography (CT) scan is used to diagnose the area of the implant. With the state-of-the-art computer with CEREC, Dr. Rick plants the implant on the gums
- Dr. Rick places small titanium rods that act as the new roots for your replacement teeth
- You wait for the rods to fuse with your remaining bone in a process called osseointegration
- Once osseointegration is complete, Dr. Rick attaches your new teeth to their artificial roots
A Beautiful and Natural Smile
Dental implants remain in your mouth permanently and you clean them just as you do natural teeth. They look extremely realistic and give you the smile that you may have been missing for a while. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about them falling out and causing embarrassment as can happen with dentures. They really are the next best thing to having your own teeth.
Dental Implants – a safe and permanent way to replace lost or missing teeth.