Our caring dentists at Every Smile understand that tooth loss can affect the health, appearance, and function of your smile, as well as your self-confidence. We are pleased to provide dental implants to replace missing teeth and restore your smile to its full potential. A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that permanently replaces both the root and crown of the missing tooth.
The implant process begins with the surgical implantation of the implant post into the jawbone. This replaces the missing tooth root and forms a strong foundation for the dental implant restoration. After a period of healing, Dr. Lee and Dr. Proctor will place an attachment called an abutment on the post.
The implant restoration is then fixed to the top of this to replace the crown of the tooth, or the part that is visible above the gums. Based on your personal dental needs, the implant restoration may be a dental crown, a bridge, or a complete or partial denture.
Once completed, a dental implant in Chandler, Arizona, can greatly enhance your smile. Because the implant replaces the entire tooth, it looks, feels, and functions just like your natural tooth. With proper dental care, your implant can last a lifetime.
To learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, call our Chandler, AZ, dental office today at (480) 732-7874 and schedule a consultation with one of the doctors.
The Dental Implant Advantage
Restorations supported by dental implants provide several advantages over traditional restorations. This makes choosing them easy for most of our patients. Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
Strong, Stable Restorations
Dental implants support restorations that retain the feel, look, and function of natural teeth. Many consider them the best alternative to natural teeth. They are stable and strong, and allow patients the freedom to eat the foods they love without the worry of damage or accidental dislodging.
Removal of Tooth Structure Unnecessary
When the doctors place a traditional dental bridge for one of our patients, they must place dental crowns over healthy teeth on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. This requires the removal of part of the enamel layer on each tooth receiving a crown. Removing this small amount of structure from the tooth means that the patient will always need a crown covering it.
An implant-supported dental bridge requires no crowns, eliminating the need to alter the structure of surrounding teeth. The bridge attaches directly to the implant, which provides a sturdy anchor for the replacement teeth.
Our patients who wear traditional dentures tell us about difficulties they experience when eating and talking. Their dentures wobble and click when they talk or eat, and some even have issues with their dentures falling out of their mouth.
Traditional dentures require patients to come in occasionally for re-lining. This happens because the denture loses its snug fit against the gums as the jawbone slowly shrinks.
Since dental implants fuse securely with the bone of the jaw, they provide a strong, stable hold that keeps dentures from wobbling, clicking, or falling out. The fit of the patient’s denture remains secure because the jaw experiences no deterioration.
We have several options for the restoration of dental implants, from a single crown to a full set of dentures. Depending upon the number of teeth the patient needs replaced, we may elect to use one of the following:
- Dental Crown – For a single dental crown, the patient will receive one implant. The doctor will use a strong but safe dental adhesive to permanently bond the crown to the implant.
- Dental Bridge – The doctor permanently attaches implant-supported bridges to one or more dental implants. This provides a secure restoration, while eliminating the need to remove structure from healthy teeth.
- Partial or Complete Dentures – The most common type of implant-supported dentures, these removable dentures snap on and off of your dental implants with ease, allowing for easy cleaning of the dentures and the patient’s mouth.
- All-on-4® Dentures – All-on-4® dentures offer a solution to patients who may not qualify for traditional implant-supported dentures because of low bone density in their jawbone. The doctor places four implants in the front of the jaw, where the bone is naturally denser. Rather than snapping the dentures onto the implants, the doctor permanently attaches them, so that only another dentist can remove them. Patients who wear these dentures report that they most closely resemble having a full set of natural teeth.
Immediate Load Implants
The placement and restoration of dental implants usually requires two surgeries. During the first surgery, the doctor surgically places the implants, then the patient waits three to six months for the implants to heal and fuse with the bone in the jaw. Once that happens. The patient returns for a second surgery and the doctor exposes the implants from under the gums in order to attach the restorations.
The immediate load implant procedure, however, requires just one surgery, during which the doctor places the implants, then restores them with a denture or temporary crown.
If a patient needs a dental crown, the doctor will typically place a temporary restoration. We will carefully design the temporary crown so that it does not come into contact with opposing teeth, because even the slightest microscopic movement of the implant can affect the osseointegration process and cause the implant to fail.
Patients receiving implant-supported dentures can typically have their permanent restoration placed immediately, as any bite force is distributed among all of the implants, which are locked in place by the denture.
Contact Us Today
We invite you to contact our Chandler, AZ, dental office today to learn more about the advantages of implant dentistry and to schedule your implant consultation. Call (480) 732-7874 today.