Dental Implants

High-Quality Dental Implants in Scottsdale, AZ

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.

Dental Implants Services Customized to Fit Your Needs

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Dental Implants Services Customized to Fit Your 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.

  • Single Tooth Replacement: Involves the traditional implant dentistry procedure single implant placement followed by “abutment” and crown placement. The actual implant is the part in the bone that is not visible. The abutment is the hardware that screws into the implant that sits above the gum line ready to support a crown. Then with this foundation, the crown is either cemented or screwed to place and now can be used with mastication or chewing. The slang “implant” is often confused for these three parts as just described but the implant is only one part of this multiple part system.
  • Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth: Involves the traditional implant dentistry procedure single implant placement followed by “abutment” and crown placement. The actual implant is the part in the bone that is not visible. The abutment is the hardware that screws into the implant that sits above the gum line ready to support a crown. Then with this foundation, the crown is either cemented or screwed to place and now can be used with mastication or chewing. The slang “implant” is often confused for these three parts as just described but the implant is only one part of this multiple part system.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: For individuals who don’t have any teeth in the jaw and are using dentures as teeth replacement, dental implants can be used to secure your dentures from sliding around and popping out. This is especially a popular treatment for a complete lower denture.
  • Permanently Replacing Entire Arches of Missing Teeth: Requires 4 to 6 implants to permanently replace entire arches of decayed, missing, or broken teeth.

Who Are the Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants?

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Who Are the Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants?

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:

  • Have one or more missing teeth and are looking for a more permanent alternative to dentures or bridges
  • Have a healthy gum and adequate jawbone density to accommodate and support the implant structures
  • Do not have an autoimmune disease or conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, which may slow healing abilities of your body, resulting in osseointegration failure (problems in fusing or integrating of your implant with your jaw bone).
  • Do not have a smoking habit

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.

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Other Restorative Options

Dental implants are durable and stronger than other restorative options, like bridges and dentures. Advantages of dental implants include:

  • An effective and permanent solution to tooth loss.
  • They look and function most like your original teeth.
  • With proper care, implants can last longer, possibly a lifetime.
  • They do not require the preparation of adjacent teeth. Nearby teeth are not altered which helps in improving long-term oral health especially of these adjacent teeth.
  • Because of their permanent and exacting fitting, dental implants do not slip within your mouth, allow proper speaking essentially immediately, which also allows eating favorite foods painlessly and confidently.

The Dental Implant Procedure at Smile Arizona Dentistry

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:

  • Damaged tooth removal
  • Bone Grafting (When needed)
  • Exacting work up and treatment planning including a 3D radiograph to view the bone from all angles
  • Dental implant placement
  • Bone growth and healing
  • Abutment placement
  • Artificial tooth placement

The entire process can take a few months. Healing and the growth of new bone in your jaw will take some time.

Dental Implants Success Rate

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Dental Implants Success Rate

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.

Dental Implant FAQs

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.

To our Valued Patients here at Smile Arizona Dentistry:

Due to the Governor's executive orders that go into effect on Saturday March 21st, 2020:

All hygiene care has been postponed until the week of April 6th. If you have a hygiene appointment we are working to reach you to help you with a new appointment slot. Feel free to call in to us, we will help you as soon as possible. We will return all calls; please understand our hours are shortened and we will return your calls at our first opportunity.

Many of you still need to be seen for care. If you have an appointment with Dr. Beth for non-elective treatment or if you are midcare, please continue to keep this appointment. If you are uncertain about the status of your care, please call us.

We will do our best to pass along updates affecting care, as new information is available.

If you have a new patient appointment, unless you have an urgent issue with discomfort, swelling or the like, we will move your appointment until the week of April 6th.

We will be open for your phone calls and to give recommendations for your care and ALL EMERGENCY CARE as close to business hours as possible throughout April 5th. We hope to be back to our regular schedule starting April 6th. Our emergency line 602-361-2561 is open 24/7. Please reserve this number for truly urgent situations.

Thank you for your continued support and trust.