Tooth loss can be one of the most traumatic events a human can experience. Missing a tooth negatively affects your appearance, confidence, overall health, and quality of life. In the past, patients only options for treating tooth loss were dental bridges and dentures. These treatments only restored the appearance of tooth loss, and not the health of the jawbone and gums.
With dental implants, we can now treat your tooth loss below the surface of the gum line for a more functional and natural looking restoration. Dr. Greg Manning at Dentistry at Power Ranch is an experienced implant dentist in Gilbert, AZ, who provides patients with the most effective dental restorations for lost or severely damaged teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement treatment that replace the tooth, as well as the tooth roots. The dental implant itself is a titanium post that is fixed directly in the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for the replacement crown.
Dental implants work by fusing to the jawbone, which is especially beneficial for eating and speaking. They can be used to replace individual teeth, or they can be used to anchor in bridges or full arches of crowns.
Most dental implant treatments are completed in three stages. During the first stage, we will place the titanium implant in your jawbone. After the implant is placed in the jawbone, a process called osseointegration will occur, in which the bone and implant fuse together. Once the bone and implant have adequately healed, we will attach the artificial crown over the implant.
The dental crown that we use for your implant will be created to match the color, shape, and size of your original teeth for a natural looking treatment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a variety of benefits that you cannot achieve with dentures and dental bridges. Some of the more popular benefits of dental implants, include:
Natural appearance. Because dentures and bridges only restore the appearance of tooth loss above the gumline, they can look fake. Dental implants will look exactly like your real teeth, as they are permanently attached to the jawbone.
Eat whatever you want. Dentures are notorious for sliding around in your mouth, making it difficult to chew effectively. This can also make it harder to digest food. Not to mention, dentures cover the roof of your mouth, making your food tasteless and unenjoyable. Dental implants are fixed in your mouth, allowing you to eat whatever you want, without pain or fear that your dentures will slip out.
More natural speech. One of the biggest complaints from denture wearers is that they slide around in the mouth, causing words to become slurred and incoherent. Dental implants give you the ability to enunciate your words without worrying about your teeth falling out.
Improve your self-esteem. Dental implants restore the function and appearance of your smile, helping you feel more like yourself again.
Better oral health. One of the greatest benefits of dental implants is that it can improve your oral health and preserve your remaining teeth and gum structure. Tooth loss causes jawbone atrophy, as the underlying bone structure is not stimulated from chewing. The lack of jawbone density and gum health leads to a weaker foundation for your remaining teeth. Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants fill in the gap from the lost tooth, and stimulate the growth of your jawbone, improving the health of your neighboring teeth.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
The success of dental implants vary from patient to patient, along with the experience of the implant provider. In most cases, dental implants have a success rate of about 98%. With proper maintenance, your implants can last for years, and even the rest of your lifetime.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most patients with advanced dental issues and tooth loss are candidates for dental implants. A good rule of thumb is that anyone who is healthy enough for tooth extraction is healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery.
However, some patients are better candidates for dental implants than others. For instance, patients will need to have healthy gums and enough bone density to receive the implant. Patients with advanced gum disease will need to receive treatment to remove the infection, before receiving the implant. Patients who are heavy smokers or suffer from uncontrolled diabetes and heart disease will be more prone to implant failure.
At Dentistry at Power Ranch, we want all of our patients dental implant treatments to succeed. With that said, we will urge you to remain committed to your dental health by brushing and flossing regularly, and committing to routine dental visits after receiving your implant. We will help you determine your candidacy for dental implant during your initial consultation.
Choosing Dental Implants at Dentistry at Power Ranch
Bone deterioration from tooth loss can lead to premature aging, making your face appear sunken in and old. Dental implants can stop the aging process caused by tooth loss, while also restoring your ability to talk, chew, and feel confident smiling again.
Dr. Greg Manning is an experienced implant dentist, who is committed to helping you reach your dental and cosmetic goals. Want to learn more about dental implants at Dentistry at Power Ranch? Call our office today at 480-988-2373.
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