Dental Implants Rebuild Your Smile's Foundation
If you have lost one or more teeth, it is important to replace them with custom restorations. There are a few different ways to anchor restorations within your smile, but dental implants provide the very best support. Our Mesa practice can refer you to a trusted oral surgeon who will place your implants; meanwhile, Dr. Mark Wade will create your custom restoration so you can achieve a smile that is functional, comfortable, and natural looking. Dental implants are titanium posts placed directly in the jaw bone. They require two surgeries and several months of healing time, but can provide you with a lifetime of support equal to that of natural tooth roots. To learn more about dental implants, please contact our Mesa practice serving Chandler, Tempe, and Gilbert today.
Dental Implant Candidates
You must have adequate bone mass in your jaw to accommodate a dental implant. If a missing tooth goes untreated for too long, your body begins to resorb bone cells, eliminating the potential foundation for a dental implant. In some cases, it may be possible to perform a bone graft that can restore this lost bone mass. The healing of the jawbone is critical to the success of this procedure; because smoking hinders the bones' ability to heal, non-smokers make the very best candidates for dental implants.
Dental implants can actually halt the natural process of losing bone mass in the absence of tooth roots. They also provide the most dependable means of anchoring all means of restorations. Conventional dentures simply rest on the gums, secured with a very mild adhesive, but still prone to slippage while speaking or eating. Implant-supported dentures hold dentures in place as securely as natural tooth roots, allowing you to speak and eat with confidence.
In short, dental implants can be an incredible investment in the health, function, and appearance of your smile.
During the initial surgery, a local anesthetic is administered to ensure your comfort. An incision is placed in the gums, granting access to the jaw bone. A pilot hole is drilled in the jaw bone, and the threaded implant is inserted. Next, the gum is stitched closed over the top of the implant. Over the next three to six months, the bone will fuse to the implant in a process called osseointegration. Once your surgeon has determined that your implants have fully integrated, you will return for a second surgery. Once again, an incision is placed in the gums, exposing the tops of the implants. A special abutment is attached to the implants, which will serve as the point of contact with your custom restorations. A special collar is placed around the implant to guide the gums in healing, leaving the top of the implant exposed above the gum line.
Learn More about Dental Implants
If you have lost teeth, or have teeth that are damaged beyond repair, contact our Mesa office to learn more about how dental implants can help you.