If a lost or missing tooth (or two or more teeth) is getting in the way of your smile, then a dental implant(s) can be a way for you to regain your smile. No matter the number of your teeth that you need to replace—dental implants can help you regain the ability to eat, speak, and enjoy your life with the same confidence as with your natural teeth
Visit our practice in Scottsdale to learn more about the implant dentistry procedure and the treatment plan customized to fit your specific needs. We have been proudly serving the local communities, including Tempe, Mesa, and Phoenix and beyond with their dental needs.
The implants themselves are the small titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone to create a strong foundation for artificial teeth. They offer support for replacing one or multiple teeth. At Smile Arizona Dentistry, we will help you customize your dental implant(s) treatment to fit your needs.
If you are considering dental implant(s) for your missing teeth, you should better have the information about your qualifications for the procedure. Ideal candidates for dental implants include patients who:
Patients who do not qualify for a full dental implant procedure can opt for a variety of alternatives, including dental bridges and removable options, which are also a permanent alternative, and can be removed for cleaning and examination by only your dentist.
Dental implants are durable and stronger than other restorative options, like bridges and dentures. Advantages of dental implants include:
The dental implant procedure involves replacing tooth roots with metal, screw-like posts and missing or decayed teeth with artificial teeth. How the procedure is performed depends on the condition of your jaw bone and the type of implant option you choose. Generally, the process of placing a dental implant involves multiple steps, which include:
The entire process can take a few months. Healing and the growth of new bone in your jaw will take some time.
Dental implants have a very high success rate. Studies suggest a long-term success rate of 9 out of 10 implant cases for lower jaw implants, and 9 out of 10 successful cases for upper jaw implants.
However, there are a number of factors on which its success depends, including your dental and oral health, including how well you take care of your teeth with your home cleansing routines, keeping to a strict routine for professional examinations (always every six months for the exam) and two to four professional hygiene well-checks per year (2-4 “cleanings” per year), any current medical conditions and how well they are controlled, the aftercare, and how skilfully it has been installed.
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for many years, even more than 25 years in some instances.
Dental implants are considered a safe tooth replacement option. They can safely replace your missing teeth and with proper installation, will not cause any problems to your surrounding teeth. Implants do not move around as much like dentures and provide a custom fit to your mouth.
Dental implants can be placed in one day, but healing and bone growth require some time which is typically three to six months. It requires 2 to 3 dental appointments depending on the condition of your jaw bone, type of your implant, and any additional procedure such as bone grafting required. When a full arch is involved and at least four dental implants will be installed, yes, you can get a prosthesis installed same or next day. Often, a second more permanent arch replacement will be installed later.
At Smile Arizona Dentistry, one can choose to use conscious sedation or I.V. sedation techniques to deliver a comfortable dental implant procedure. The conscious sedation technique allows you to stay awake and feel no pain while your dentist performs the implant placement work. The I.V sedation technique, you will be asleep for the procedure. Both options provide an amnesic effect.
You won’t feel the pain since you are given anaesthesia during the procedure. Some people may experience slight discomfort during the healing process depending on their health conditions. However, most people can return to work the day after the procedure.
You can get dental implants even after you have extracted teeth 2, 5, 10, or more years ago. However, you should have adequate jaw bone to support the implant.
It’s rare that a body rejects a dental implant. However, this doesn’t mean that your dental implant cannot fail. The only unavoidable reason behind the failure of dental implants is titanium allergy. Other cited reasons, like poor oral hygiene and bad aftercare can be easily avoided by following recommended dentist guidance.
The cost of the dental implants vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of implant and the restoration choice selected, number of implants placed, and additional treatments that may be required, such as extraction or bone grafting.
At Smile Arizona Dentistry, we work with most all of the major insurance PPO providers to help you cover the cost of dental implants with reduced rates. We are happy to help estimate your cost for implant surgery and restoration(s) after you have a thorough examination appointment with us as there are always options that we need your help selecting what is best for you. We also offer an In-House Plan that gives discounts toward care. When you get your treatment plan, let us review this coverage with you. Apart from these, we also accept all the major credit cards and work with GreenSky, CareCredit and LendingUSA for dental implants and all dental care performed in our office for payment. We encourage you to apply to one or more of these sources. Our office pays the interest for these extended payment plans and it is easy and quick to apply and only a “soft” hit to your credit to gather this immediate information.
If you live in Scottsdale, or especially surrounding areas, like Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix, but absolutely anywhere or and want to find out how much it costs to replace one or more missing teeth, please call us at 480-994-5225 to schedule a consultation. You can also schedule your dental implant appointment online by clicking on the button below.