Millions of Americans have suffered the loss of a tooth in their lifetime. The treatment options for a missing tooth used to be confined to either a bridge or dentures, but with advancing dental technology, dental implants have come to the forefront.
Dental Implants: A Major Advance
Tooth implants look and feel just like a real tooth. The difference is in the roots. Unlike a bridge, dental implants don’t require permanent manipulation of the surrounding teeth, and unlike dentures, it’s permanent.
Dental implants are designed to fuse to the jawbone, which adds strength and permanence. This eliminates the potential problems people face with dentures, such as problems with chewing, speech annunciation from slippage, and discomfort.
Better Smiles and Oral Health
Implants also improve a patient’s confidence and over all self-esteem. Missing a tooth or having to mess with dentures can be embarrassing. With the major advances of dental implants, however, patients can gain back a beautiful smile without worrying about damaging the surrounding teeth for a bridge, or the cumbersome maintenance involved with dentures. The best part is that dental implants are the most durable replacement for a missing tooth.
How Are Dental Implants Installed?
Tooth implants start with a consultation and treatment plan from a dentist qualified to perform the surgery. A titanium “root” or post is surgically implanted into the jaw bone where the tooth is missing. As the area surrounding the post heals, it becomes stronger. Healing takes approximately six to twelve weeks. A tooth will be fabricated to fit in place of the missing tooth and match the color of the surrounding tooth, which will be attached to the permanent post.
Missing a tooth? Patients in the Phoenix or Paradise Valley, AZ area can contact our office for a consultation or to have your questions answered.