What are dental implants?
Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with medical titanium, screwlike posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. The teeth attached to implants restore and often enhance a patient’s smile in a natural-looking way, while also ensuring that the teeth function as they should.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures leave patients with strong and stable replacement of multiple teeth. There are multiple advantages of implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures. Because the dentures are anchored to the jaw using implants that function like the roots of natural teeth, you will not have to worry about the dentures becoming loose or falling out, and you should be able to eat foods that you were unable to eat before. There a multiple different types of implant supported overdentures and Dr. Held will discuss with you the best option that is unique to you.
How long do dental implants last?
It is very common for dental implants to last for decades. Although we use very strong, stable and durable implants, Dr. Held may need to re-tighten or replace them due to normal wear over time. If you live in Cottonwood and are interested in dental implants- give our office a call today!
Reasons for getting dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
Restore a patient’s confident smile
Restore proper chewing, speech, and digestion
Restore or enhance facial tissues
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
What does getting dental implants involve?
Getting dental implants requires several visits spaced out over the course of several weeks in order to allow time for proper healing. Dr. Jonathan Held will first insert a small medical grade titanium implant where the root of the missing tooth was originally located. After this step, patients must allow time for the jaw bone to heal and secure the new implant firmly in place. Once healed, the patient will have a strong foundation on top of which the permanent replacement tooth (or denture set) can be placed. During the initial healing phase, patients may be fitted with a temporary replacement tooth, temporary bridge or temporary denture set — depending on each patient’s unique circumstance — so there is less disruption to the normal look and function of teeth while the procedure is being carried out.
Pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed as needed in order to ease the recovery process for the patient. Patients will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. You can also view post op instructions by clicking the button below. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of dental implants.
Am I a candidate?
In order to get dental implants, a patient must have adequate bone in his or her jaw to support the implant. Therefore, the ideal candidate should have good oral health and healthy gum tissues that are free of gum disease. At your initial visit, Dr. Jonathan Held- an American Academy of Implant Dentist, will evaluate your teeth, gums and jaw bones to determine whether you are eligible for an implant procedure. By utilizing 3D imaging- Dr. Held is able to precisely view how much bone is available for you implant surgery in Sedona.
If you have any questions about implant-supported dentures, dental implants or available payment options, Adobe Dental Design of Sedona is here with answers. Please contact us or schedule an appointment.