ARIZONA SMILE CENTER: IMPLANTS
Dental implants are used to replace missing or badly damaged teeth. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. Tooth implants are durable, safe, effective, and easy to care for. Today’s dental implant restorations are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. This appearance is aided in part by the structural and functional connection between the implant and the living bone.
X-rays will be taken to help the dentist develop impressions of the mouth to ensure replacement teeth fit accurately and naturally.
The dentist will place the small titanium post implant into the missing tooth’s bone socket. During the course of the jawbone healing, it will grow around the implant. At this time, a small abutment, or connector post, is attached to the implant so that a new tooth, called a crown, can be placed. it is generally recognized that once an implant has been placed, maintaining diligent oral hygiene habits is required to ensure proper fusing with bone structure. The jawbone healing process can take 3 – 6 months as it lays a strong foundation for the replacement tooth to be placed.
Besides the fact that missing teeth are unsightly, they can also lead to further dental problems