It is important to Dr. John A. Garza and his staff to provide the level of care their patients need. This is why we have put extra effort into everything from the design of our office to the techniques we use to the way we foster an upbeat environment that takes the stress out of dental visits. Understanding the long-term effects of tooth loss, Dr. Garza has obtained post-graduate training in the performance of implant dentistry.
What are dental implants?
Conventional methods of restorative care have revolved around replacing tooth structure and implants are the solution. Dental implants have become the cornerstone of lasting oral function after tooth loss. Comprised of titanium, these prosthetics have revolutionized tooth replacement in a significant way.
Implants act as artificial anchors to replacement teeth in the same way that natural roots anchor teeth to the jawbone. When a natural tooth fails, the roots that hold it in place are either extracted along with the tooth or they get absorbed over time.
Dental Implant Candidates
Implant dentistry has been in a state of evolution for more than 50 years, even though we have only recently begun to hear about this level of care as the new standard. During the decades of clinical use, the techniques and structures involved in implant dentistry have been refined. Through numerous advances, dental implants have become more accessible to more people, even those who have begun to experience the effects of bone loss in the jaw.
Dr. Garza can help patients determine if they are good candidates for dental implants during a consultation. This first appointment includes a thorough examination involving x-rays. This provides us with the detailed information we need to evaluate the structure of the jaw prior to discussing the appropriateness of dental implants.
What are the benefits of Implants?
Dental implants are a popular choice for tooth replacement for a number of reasons. Dentists and their patients agree that the recreation of a firm foundation makes a world of difference in the outcome of tooth replacement. By reinstating roots with artificial structures, patients gain:
- Optimum stability for chewing and biting
- Ease of use in terms of oral hygiene
- Long-term oral health
- Maintained jawbone structure
- Improved or sustained facial contouring
- Natural appearance and sensation
- Maximum confidence
Dental Implant Placement
Dr. Garza only needs 20 minutes! Dr. Garza goes through several steps when placing an implant. First, he will expose the bone where the implant is to be placed. Then, precisely place the implant, mirroring the location of the missing natural tooth root. Patients will then leave the office. The healing process beings and the implant fuses to the bone during this time. The waiting time will vary by patient but typically takes a few weeks. Once healed, Dr. Garza will take impressions. This is done so he can place the connector post or abutment as well as a crown. Finally, Dr. Garza will be able to place the abutment and crown to complete the process.
The duration of the dental implant procedure is dependent on the extent of care needed. In some situations, tooth extraction is a lead-in to the placement of titanium posts. For some patients, multiple implants are needed to fully restore biting and chewing abilities. In such situations, we allocate a few hours of time to complete the reconstruction process.
The procedure is simple and painless 99% of the time. Dr. Garza’s patients rarely ever take any pain medication after the procedure.
What are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 is a dental implant technique developed for individuals requiring full-arch replacement. This method of tooth replacement is conducted as a way to support a large bridge or denture fixture. By situating just 4 implants in strategic locations across the upper or lower arch, the need for individual root replacement is eliminated.
Is implant placement painful?
Dr. Garza performs dental implant placement using local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, just like when a filling is placed. Additionally, patients who prefer or who are receiving multiple implants or adjunct procedures such as tooth extraction may undergo treatment with IV sedation. IV sedation allows them to rest peacefully in the dental chair. Prior to the dental implant procedure, we discuss the details and options for anesthesia and make sure all of your questions are answered.
“I have been a patient with Dr. Garza and his staff for 15 years. Highly recommend. Professional, courteous, thorough, quality work, and friendly.” – M.J.
Dr. Garza has been placing implants for over 20 years. So, we feel confident when we say our patients report no pain during or after implant placement 99% of the time.
dental implant Results
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is resistant to corrosion and decay. These structures, once encased in bone tissue in the jaw, can last forever. The primary factor in the longevity of dental implants is the state of the gums and jawbone. For this reason, dental implants may not be recommended for smokers or individuals with advanced periodontal disease.
Caring for my dental implants
Supportive bone and connective tissue is vital to the integration of implant posts into existing jawbone. Adequate oral hygiene, daily brushing, flossing, and routine dental care, is necessary for the long-term success of this form of tooth replacement.
Schedule a Consultation
Tooth loss does not have to create unnecessary problems for your smile or your sense of confidence. To learn more about dental implants or to receive treatment from Dr. Garza call our Gilbert office at (480) 539-7979 and schedule a consultation. Dr. Garza serves patients from Gilbert, Tempe, and surrounding areas in Arizona.