Dr. Dallas Steele and Dr. William Halliday of Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry use dental implants in Glendale, AZ to replace one or more missing teeth or to support full dentures. Exceptionally predictable, secure and lifelike, dental implants are true artificial teeth from root to crown.
What is a Dental Implant?
Essentially an artificial tooth, the single dental implant has three parts:
- A titanium screw surgically inserted into the jaw bone during an in-office surgery
- A metal post that extends above the gums
- An all-porcelain CEREC crown
For patients with adequate jawbone density and good oral and systemic health, the dental implant provides excellent smile aesthetics and unparalleled stability. Unlike conventional tooth replacement options which do not address the deterioration of bone and gums after tooth loss, dental implants look and act as natural teeth do. Because they are made from titanium, the implants bond to the bone and actually strengthen it each time the patient bites and chews. No other tooth replacement options does that.
This remarkable bonding process is called osseointegration. Unique to titanium metal and human bone, osseointegration is responsible for the 90 percent or higher success and retention rate of these prosthetic teeth. Unlike traditional bridgework and dentures, dental implants last indefinitely and do not require modification of adjacent teeth.
What is the Procedure Like?
The dental implant procedure takes a few visits to Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry over several weeks to months. After initial oral examination, digital X-rays, and three-dimensional digital impressions, your dentist in Glendale, AZ formulates a detailed treatment plan.
During the actual procedure he drills a pilot hole into the jaw bone. Typically, this requires no more than local anesthesia to numb the area. Guided by sophisticated imaging, the dentist screws the implant in place and sutures the site closed.
After several weeks of osseointegration, the patient returns for placement of the abutment and customized porcelain crown. The doctor adjusts the final fit and bite, and the procedure is finished.
Caring for Dental Implants
Care of dental implants is simple. Just brush twice a day with a soft brush and floss daily as advised by the American Dental Association. Patients should receive follow-up care and semi-annual exams and hygienic cleanings with at Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry.
While dental implants are very resilient and cannot decay, an infection called peri-implantitis may develop around the implant site. Like gum disease, peri-implantitis infects the surrounding gum tissue and bone if patients don’t practice floss and brush properly. Plus, smoking is a risk factor for peri-implantitis.
All-on-4 Implant-retained Dentures
People who are missing all of their teeth do not have to struggle with the slippage and poor fit of conventional dentures because they have a great alternative: All-on-4 Implant-retained Dentures. Anchored to four (or sometimes more) implants placed in an angle in the patient’s jaw, All-on-4 dentures give people the feel, speech and chewing of natural teeth. Plus, they enjoy improved facial appearance.
You Could Enjoy Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth and dislike traditional dentures or other replacement choices, contact Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry. Your dentist will be happy to consult with you and explain the benefits of dental implants.