Dental implants: Missing teeth solution
A natural tooth consists of two parts, the crown and the root. The crown is the portion that we see above the gums and the root is the part below the gums that anchors the tooth in place. Dental implants are an innovative and reliable way to replace this natural tooth structure.
A dental implant provides a foundation for the replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. With a dental implant a patient who has missing teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and is able to smile with confidence again.
There are 3 parts to a dental implant.
- The tooth implant itself is a tiny titanium post which is placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing.
- Once the titanium post is placed in the jaw bone, a healing cap is placed on the post and it is allowed to heal for 3 months.
- During this time the bone bonds with the titanium post, creating a strong foundation or root structure for artificial teeth.
Once the area with the dental implant has healed, we re-evaluate the area to make sure it is ready for the crown. If so, the “abutment” is placed into the implant and an impression is taken to send to the lab. You will go home with the healing cap back on at this point while we wait for the permanent crown to be made.
After two weeks, the permanent crown is delivered and cemented on. At this point the implant procedure is finished and is to be treated just like a normal tooth, including cleanings every six months along with evaluations.
Dental implants are not limited to replacing one tooth at a time.
They can also be used to anchor or stabilize a loose-fitting denture. Implants are placed in the jaw bone and a specialized denture is made. This denture, or “overdenture”, snaps on to these implants allowing better function and stability.
To learn more about your options, contact the implant dentists of Desert Dentistry at one of our 5 locations (North Phoenix, South Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Payson or Surprise)!