If people normally value what they have the most once they have lost them, this certainly applies to the teeth. The primary function of teeth is to chew food to ensure good digestion. Chewing food properly makes the body healthier and less prone to constipation, digestive blockages, or hyperacidity and gases in the digestive tracts. However, when one loses teeth from accidents or aging, dental implants Scottsdale AZ dentists say, may provide great relief.

There are many factors to losing teeth. Dental and periodontal diseases are the most common causes while traumatic injuries to the mouth follow closely. In some cases, periodontal diseases are caused by physical injuries to the teeth which expose the pulp more easily to pathogens. Rather than using removable dentures, more and more people are opting for dental implants which offer permanent restoration and the feeling of having real teeth again.

Unlike dentures, dental implants are literally embedded into the jaw, very much like real teeth. Cases of tissue rejection occur very rarely in dental implant procedures because dentists use titanium roots to drill into the alveolar bone. Titanium is unique among the Earth’s metals because of its biocompatibility—it can adhere to living tissue without resulting in infections. Living tissues seem to “learn” that titanium cannot harm it because of its resistance to water or acids.

Some dental Scottsdale patients who get implants are commonly athletes who have sustained dental fractures. Extreme sports athletes, boxers, and wrestlers—including young ones in high school teams—tend to suffer these injuries. Dentists have something strong to replace their broken teeth.

People with worn teeth from bruxism may also get dental implants. The condition is characterized by compulsive clenching or grinding of the teeth until the teeth wear down or crack. This makes the teeth more vulnerable to infections; sometimes, the infections prompt the patient to replace their teeth in the first place. A dentist may also advise the patient to get therapy and counseling to treat underlying psychological anxiety that causes bruxism.

After a dentist in Scottsdale extracts a severely damaged tooth, a titanium screw is embedded to the alveolar bone, if there is sufficient bone to hold it. The tissues around the titanium screw are allowed to heal and integrate around the screw as if the bone is embracing the foreign screw as its own. The patient is given pain medications and antibiotics for a few weeks until there is no more pain or discomfort. A porcelain crown modeled after the rest of the patient’s teeth have bonded over the screw.