Dental Implants in Phoenix AZ
Dental Implants in Phoenix AZ
Losing a tooth can change your life in different ways. If it’s a front tooth, it’s the first thing people notice when you greet them with a smile. Even if it’s hidden from view, you’re still aware of its loss. You can get a dental implant and never worry about that missing tooth again.
Unlike other restorations that may not last the rest of your life, a dental implant has many benefits for you, like the following:
- With proper care and maintenance, a dental implant will last for the rest of your life.
- Your replacement tooth will blend perfectly with the rest of your smile
- A dental implant feels like a natural tooth, so you’ll never feel self-conscious
In most cases, a dental implant is the best way to replace a missing tooth. Call our Phoenix, AZ office today at (602) 482-2785 to see how Dr. Cavendish and his team can transform the rest of your life!
- What If I Don’t Replace My Missing Tooth?
- Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
- How We Place Dental Implants
- Combining Implants and Dentures
- Can I Remove My Dental Implants Like Dentures?
- Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
- How Do I Take Care of My Dental Implants?
- How Long Will My Implants Last?
- Please Contact Us to Learn More
What If I Don’t Replace My Missing Tooth?
The most common issue with a missing tooth is how it affects the appearance of your smile. Most patients are self-conscious and embarrassed about missing a tooth, and it might affect their confidence in their smile. Many people with a missing tooth go through great pains to talk and smile differently so their tooth loss is not noticeable, even going so far as to smile with their mouth closed and speak behind their hand.
Tooth loss is not just a cosmetic issue, however. It can affect your oral health in several ways. Food can become stuck in the gap, increasing your chances of getting a cavity or periodontal disease. In more severe cases, when left untreated the missing tooth can cause irreversible damage that includes bone loss and receding gums. Without a root present and a tooth to chew and stimulate the bone underneath, your jawbone will start to deteriorate.
Getting a tooth replacement isn’t merely an issue of aesthetics, you’re also saving yourself expensive emergency procedures to keep your mouth healthy. The sooner you act towards getting a tooth replaced, the less you have to worry about in the long run.
Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
This restorative dentistry treatment is a long-lasting, healthy way to replace one or more missing teeth. All dental implants have three parts:
A titanium root – This mimics the natural roots all of your teeth have. It will be anchored in your jawbone like regular roots as well. Titanium is a metal your body will not reject; it actually bonds with your bone.
An abutment – This small device connects the root to the replacement. That way, if you accidentally damage the replacement tooth, you don’t need to remove the implanted titanium root.
A crown – This is the tooth replacement that connects to the abutment. The crown will be made to look like the tooth it’s replacing, it will look and feel organic in your smile. It is made from zirconium, porcelain or similar material and is custom-fabricated to match your natural teeth.
How We Place Dental Implants
Placing a dental implant requires oral surgery, but it’s routine here. Dr. Matthew Cavendish will use a local anesthetic to numb the area, then he will surgically place the thin titanium root in the spot on the jawline where teeth are missing. These titanium posts act as an actual dental implant. Because the titanium bonds to the bone they create a permanent foundation for artificial teeth. Even if your crown gets damaged, these posts will always be bonded.
It can take three to six months for the titanium post to fully bond with your bone but don’t worry about walking around with a gap. At our Phoenix, AZ dental office, you will get a temporary replacement tooth on the very same day you get your implanted root placed. That way, you can enjoy the benefits of a replacement while your final replacement is being made. When it’s ready, Dr. Matthew Cavendish will place it on the abutment.
Dental implants last a very long time. Most people have theirs for 20 years or more — possibly even a lifetime.
Combining Implants and Dentures
Dental implants are great for replacing individual teeth. If you need multiple teeth replaced, dentures are still a great choice. However, they do have their drawbacks, mostly when it comes to fitting securely.
To make sure your denture stays put, we can connect it to implanted roots. Instead of one replacement tooth on each implant, you will get a full arch of teeth with only a few implants. The back implants can be angled to provide even more support if your jawbone is healthy enough to support that plan.
Can I Remove My Dental Implants Like Dentures?
Dental implants not removable and stay in your mouth, they will not slip or fall out. They look and function just like natural teeth.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dr. Matthew Cavendish is committed to the highest level of professional patient care and will consider many factors before concluding whether you are an ideal candidate.
The most important factor in determining healthy gums and sufficient bone structure is if they can support the implants. Don’t stress if something comes up, Dr. Cavendish will address the issue and let you know your options. In some cases, additional dental surgical procedures will be necessary before progressing to dental implants.
However, the only way to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Matthew Cavendish as soon as possible. During your initial assessment, Dr. Cavendish will conduct a thorough review of your health history and administer a full oral examination to determine your candidacy.
How Do I Take Care of My Dental Implants?
Maintaining your dental implants is equivalent to caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly and see your Phoenix, AZ dentist for regular professional cleanings.
How Long Will My Implants Last?
Dental implants are a great, long-lasting solution to restoring your smile and bite function. Bridges and crowns do not stop bone deterioration and often will need to be replaced. Dental implants restore bone integrity and don’t limit you in your activities or the food you eat. In fact, by brushing, flossing, and rinsing you go a long way to making sure your dental implants will stay with you a long time.
Many patients who have dental implants retain them for the rest of their life, this dental procedure has a very high success rate.
Please Contact Us to Learn More
If you have lost a tooth and are considering dental implants, your first step should meet with Dr. Cavendish for a consultation.
Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Matthew Cavendish by calling our Phoenix, AZ dental office today at (602) 482-2785 or fill out our online form.