It is important to us to provide the level of care our 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 is a dental implant?
Dental implants have become the cornerstone of lasting oral function after tooth loss. These titanium prosthetics have changed the outcome of tooth replacement in a significant way because they 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. Conventional methods of restorative care have revolved around replacing tooth structure. Implants create new roots.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
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 norm. 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.
We are careful to help patients determine if they are good candidates for dental implants. The consultation visit for this treatment 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 discussion regarding the appropriateness of dental implants.
Dental Implant Benefits
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.
How long is a dental implant procedure?
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 allot a few hours of time to complete the reconstruction process.
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 it painful to get dental implants?
The dental implant procedure is performed 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, which 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.
How long do dental implants last?
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.
Dental Implant Maintenance
Supportive bone and connective tissue is vital to the integration of implant posts into existing jawbone. Adequate oral hygiene, daily brushing and flossing and routine dental care, is necessary for the long-term success of this form of tooth replacement.
Tooth loss does not have to create unnecessary problems for your smile or your sense of confidence. Contact our office in Gilbert, AZ to learn more about dental implant treatment.