Dental Implants Phoenix - Cosmetic Dentistry Phoenix, AZ - Joseph H. Davis, DDS, PC
If you wished to replace a missing tooth or teeth in the past, it usually meant you had to wear a removable prosthesis, or shave down teeth adjacent to the gap and have a fixed dental bridge placed. As modern implant dentistry has evolved, dental implants can now be used to fill in missing tooth space without having to make modifications to other teeth. If you’re considering dental implants in Phoenix to replace missing teeth, our dental implant dentists would love to discuss your tooth replacement options.
Reasons to Consider Dental Implants:
• To restore your confident smile.
• To restore normal chewing, speech, and digestion.
• To replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
• Dental implants can sometimes resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
• To restore or enhance facial tissues.
• To support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
• If you need to replace missing teeth or a single tooth, implants are a stable, permanent solution.
Restoring your Smile with Dental Implants
Many tooth replacement options only replace the missing tooth, but neglect the importance of the tooth root. A prosthetic tooth without a root can restore chewing capability and look pleasing, but may lead to dental complications down the road. Without proper stimulation from the tooth root, the jawbone beneath the missing tooth space begins to deteriorate, causing the gums around the adjacent teeth to recede and become exposed to greater decay. Additionally, if the jawbone deteriorates too much, a bone graft may be needed if you wish to undergo a dental implant procedure in the future. Therefore, there is no better time than now to restore your smile with dental implants.
Anatomy of a Tooth Implant
Aside from restoring your chewing capability and enhancing your smile, one of the greatest benefits of a dental implant is that it replaces both your missing tooth and the root. A tooth implant can be broken down into three basic components:
• Dental Implant Post – This part of the tooth implant resembles a tiny screw. The dental implant post is made of titanium so it can integrate with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. During the dental implant procedure, the dental implant post is first surgically placed, then the patient is allowed several months to heal so the implant is stable before the dental implant crown is attached.
• Abutment – After the tooth implant post has fused with the jawbone, a dental implant dentist will attach a custom abutment to the post. The abutment is a small metal cap that connects the dental implant crown to the dental implant post.
• Tooth Restoration – The tooth restoration is the dental implant crown that attaches to the post. The restoration is usually made of porcelain and is formed to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth. Patients that are missing multiple teeth can choose to have an implant-supported dental bridge or dentures instead of multiple dental implant crowns.
How much do Dental Implants Cost?
We understand that cost is an important factor when it comes to any dental procedure. The cost of dental implants depends on several factors including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Additionally, some procedures may be necessary before the dental implant is placed to ensure the longevity of your dental implants. If you wish to obtain an estimate specific to your case, it’s best to have our Phoenix dental implant dentists examine your situation and treatment goals.
If you would like to request an appointment with our Phoenix dental implant dentists, or if you have questions, please contact us today.