Dental Implant Services
Are you self-conscious about the gap left by a missing tooth following an injury or extraction? Don’t let missing teeth keep you from sharing your smile with the world. Let our dental office in Tempe, Arizona fit you with implants for a beautiful, healthy smile.
Dental implants provide a strong, natural-looking solution to replace missing teeth. Secured to your jaw, modern dental implants are not anchored to neighboring teeth like traditional bridges. Implants allow us to replace missing teeth without jeopardizing the integrity of the surrounding teeth.
How it Works:
We attach the dental implant to your jaw through an outpatient surgical procedure. By securing the implant directly to your jaw, we recreate the look and feel of your natural tooth. Your implant remains secure in your mouth as you speak and chew. Many patients even forget they have an implant!
To insert the implant, we remove the damaged tooth, if necessary. Next, we prepare your jawbone for the attachment. During the preparation process, we attach the post, which will serve as the “root” of your new tooth to your jaw. Once your mouth heals from the initial steps, you’re ready for your new tooth. We connect the artificial tooth to the titanium root for a secure, natural-looking placement.
Your implant can last a lifetime with proper care. Like your natural teeth, you’ll need to follow your dentist’s recommended care routine and regular dental checkups.
Implants vs Bridges
When it comes to the best option for replacing missing teeth, patients often ask if it’s better to get a dental implant or a bridge. Because they look and act like natural teeth, implants are an outstanding option for most healthy patients. Dental implants are highly durable, and with proper care, many patients can expect them to last a lifetime. Bridges, however, last around 5-7 years on average.
Fused to the jaw, dental implants rely on the titanium anchor that serves as the “root” of the tooth for stability - much like a natural tooth. A bridge is generally anchored to the neighboring teeth. While this is typically safe, it can potentially cause strain on the adjacent teeth. Bridges also carry a risk of dental decay in the neighboring teeth. Without a careful dental hygiene routine, bacteria and plaque can accumulate and cause decay in the crowned tooth.
No matter which tooth replacement option you choose - a careful dental hygiene regime is critical for long-term success and a healthy smile.
Finally, dental implants are the option that most closely looks and feels like your natural teeth. You can eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence. Enamel implants are designed to mirror natural teeth and leave you with a stunning smile for years.