Dental Implants Improve Overall Oral Health
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw to serve as a foundation for replacement teeth. Because dental implants integrate with the surrounding jawbone, they serve as a strong and durable foundation. With dental implants, replacement teeth will not shift, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with ease and confidence. Implants can be used in a variety of ways, from a single crown replacing one tooth, to a bridge replacing several teeth, to a fixed denture retained by implants replacing a full arch of missing teeth. Scottsdale dentist Dr. Ann Sielicki of Sonoran Dental Design is a top dental implant specialist who has years of experience helping hundreds of patients restore their smile and oral health with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of three parts: a titanium post, a dental restoration and an abutment that connects the two together. The titanium post is placed into the jawbone during a surgical procedure. It takes several months for the jaw to heal and the dental implant to bond with the surrounding bone. During this time, a temporary dental restoration may be placed. Once the implant is ready, the abutment is placed along with a permanent restoration. The restoration is crafted using high-quality materials that mimic the function and appearance of natural teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Improve Oral Health?
Dental implants help prevent a myriad of health issues associated with missing teeth. Filling gaps as a result of missing teeth helps prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting and changes in the bite. Missing teeth cause the jawbone to shrink and deteriorate, which can lead to changes in facial appearance. Placing dental implants keeps the jawbone stimulated so it can properly support the facial structures. Filling these gaps and spaces also reduces the risk of gum disease and other dental health issues caused by missing teeth.
|Implant under gum||Impression post|
|Porcelain Abutment||Final Crown|
|Implant placement on X-ray||Implant with a custom milled titanium abutment|
|Implant fully restored with the crown on top of the abutment||X-ray’s confirms the implant. Abutment and crown are all fitted together.|
Replace a Full Set of Teeth with Dental Implants
The result of a dental implant procedure is a natural-looking fixed restoration. Implant supported appliances: The photos below show how implants can help replace a full set of teeth. Sometimes when teeth are compromised and need to be removed, they can be replaced with fixed appliances such as these. The day this gentleman’s teeth were removed, he left with a fixed appliance or “teeth in a day”. After a three-month period of healing, we constructed the final restoration for him. He is really happy, he lost weight and stopped smoking! He is much healthier overall following his dental implant procedure.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Are you considering dental implants in Scottsdale? You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Difficulty chewing or speaking due to one or more missing teeth
- Have a collapsed-looking face due to jaw bone loss caused by missing teeth
- Find dentures uncomfortable
- Are in good overall health
- Do not smoke
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a number of advantages. With dental implants, you can:
- Restore normal chewing and speaking function
- Restore the appearance of a full set of teeth
- Prevent existing teeth from shifting in the mouth
- Close gaps and spaces where harmful bacteria can accumulate
- Maintain a properly aligned bite
- Smile confidently without worrying that replacement teeth will shift or slip out of the mouth
Dental Implants FAQs
Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?
In some ways, dental implants are stronger than natural teeth. The implant post is made of titanium that bonds with the surrounding jawbone to create a stable foundation for the dental restoration placed on top. The post and dental restoration are not susceptible to cavities. However, the surrounding teeth and gums are still at risk of decay, which can affect the stability and functionality of the dental implant. In addition, the dental implant restorations are susceptible to normal wear and tear. With good oral hygiene and proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Does the procedure hurt?
No, the dental implant procedure is not painful. Before the procedure, Dr. Sielicki will administer anesthesia to numb the treatment area and ensure your comfort.
How long does the procedure take?
The dental implant procedure typically takes several hours to complete. The procedure is usually divided into two appointments, spaced several months apart to allow the implant and jawbone to properly fuse together. Dr. Sielicki can give you a more accurate timeline upon evaluating your unique case.
How should I care for my dental implants?
Dental implants do not require any special maintenance. However, you should brush them twice a day and floss daily. It is also important to visit your dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. If your dentist detects a problem with your implant, he or she can address it promptly.
What is the cost of dental implants?
The cost of dental implants varies, depending on a number of factors including the type and number of implants needed. Our team at Sonoran Dental Design can give you a more accurate breakdown of your dental implant cost during a consultation.
Learn More about Dental Implants
Sonoran Dental Design is the dental practice of choice for patients in Scottsdale, AZ who wish to restore a beautiful, functional and healthy smile with dental implants. Using the latest methods and technology available in implant dentistry, Dr. Sielicki and our professional team deliver consistently exceptional results. Dr. Sielicki would be happy to meet with you and discuss whether you can benefit from dental implants.
To schedule a consultation, contact Sonoran Dental Design today.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily