Specialty Dentists in Gilbert & Phoenix, AZ Offer Quality Dental Implants
Dental Specialty Associates offers quality tooth implants and tooth replacement services to residents of Phoenix and Gilbert, AZ. The company provides many types of cosmetic dentistry, including natural-looking single tooth implants and larger Teeth-in-a-Day implant services.
Dental implantation is both a cosmetic and functional procedure that adds new, lookalike teeth to the patient’s mouth. These dental implants vary widely in scope and number depending on how many of the patient’s natural teeth remain. Patients often undergo the procedure to replace missing teeth or as a permanent alternative to dentures.
Since dental implants result in permanent replacement teeth, each patient requires a comprehensive treatment plan for dental implants in Phoenix, AZ and Gilbert, AZ. With proper care, a dental implant not only mimics the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth but can also improve long-term oral health and bone density around the implant site(s).
“The dental implant is composed of three parts: the titanium implant, put in by the oral and facial surgeon, which actually fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant which protrudes from the gum line; and finally, the crown, which is created by a restorative dentist,” says Dr. Bill Nelson.
Single Tooth Implants
As the name implies, single tooth implants are designed to take the place of one missing tooth. A patient can have one or more of these implanted to fill small gaps in their smile. With proper care such as regular brushing and flossing, a single tooth implant can last a lifetime.
Eligible patients can choose between single-stage implants and multi-stage implants. Multi-stage implants happen during three separate visits, with periods of several weeks between each appointment to give the gums and jaw bone time to heal. Single-stage implants occur in two visits: the titanium post and its extension are placed in the same visit, and the decorative crown is cemented at a later appointment.
All-on-4® Dental Implants
Teeth-in-a-Day, or All-on-4® dental implants, is an accelerated system of dental implants in Gilbert, AZ and Phoenix, AZ that allows the patient to receive a full set of temporary teeth in one visit. This system is similar to the single-stage implant system common with single tooth implants.
The All-on-4® system, as its name implies, involves a full set of replacement teeth anchored to four titanium posts. After sedation, tooth removal, and post-placement, the patient goes home with a temporary set of teeth until the osseointegration of the titanium posts is complete.
Once healing completes over a period of several months, the patient receives a set of teeth custom-designed and measured to fit their mouth and jaw. These implants will last a lifetime with proper dental care.
The difference with Teeth-in-a-Day implants is that you can eat your favorite foods the same day of your appointment (within certain common-sense limitations). When healing completes and the patient receives their custom set of teeth, the results mimic the look, feel, and biting power of a fully natural smile.
However, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, whether that’s Teeth-in-a-Day implants or single-tooth implants. Optimal candidates should have a good bone structure in the jaw, healthy gums, and overall good health. Smoking and diabetes can affect a patient’s candidacy as well.
For More Information on Dental Implants in Gilbert, AZ & Phoenix, AZ
For more information about Dental Specialty Associates or to schedule a consultation, call their dental offices in Phoenix, AZ, and Gilbert, AZ today. You can reach the Phoenix office at (602) 962-7558 and the Gilbert office at (480) 553-9676. Both locations can be reached through their respective online contact forms as well.