Dental Implant Specialists in Gilbert
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants remain a time-tested and patient-favorite treatment method that millions of Americans enjoy the benefits of. The implant dentists at Any Time Dental leverage the latest dental implants technologies, innovations, and treatment protocols to give patients the absolute best dental implant experience possible. Not only do dental implants replace missing teeth, but they also serve to avoid the inevitable jawbone deterioration that occurs when missing teeth are left untreated. Overall, they provide a perfect long-term solution for patients suffering from tooth loss.
What Dental Implants Do
A dental implant is made of two parts – the titanium implant itself with takes the place of the tooth root, and the crown, which is the visible portion of the dental implant. Titanium is used in dental implants as this metal has the unique ability to fuse to the jawbone, creating an un-matched strength and hold that lasts a lifetime. The crowns, or top portion of the implant, is matched to your natural teeth to give a natural look. This crown is only added after the jawbone has had a chance to heal following a dental implant procedure. Once this healing has occurred and your crowns are added, you’ll have a breathtaking new smile that, with care, will last you the rest of your life.
Dental implants are utilized in a few different treatment scenarios depending on what a patient’s exact needs are. These include:
Replacing One Tooth — Commonly, patients may only need a single tooth replaced. Even when just one tooth needs to be replaced, dental implants remain a top choice replacement due to their strength and longevity. In these cases, simply one implant is placed where the missing tooth once was, the jawbone heals, and then a crown is placed to complete your smile once more.
Replacing Several Teeth — Some patients require more than one tooth to be replaced, whether due to long term oral health conditions and decay, or other reasons. In these cases, dental implants are the ideal treatment option given their longterm reliability, strength, and the fact that only a few implants can support the replacement of many teeth through bridgework.
Double-Arch / Full Replacement — It’s also possible to leverage dental implants to replace both upper and lower arches of your teeth entirely, for patients who require this due to long term oral health conditions such as long term severe gum disease. Dental implants are capable of replacing and supporting both rows of teeth in their entirety, only using four to six implants that are strategically placed in the mouth to best support both rows. The exact number of implants required depends heavily on the patient’s level of jawbone density, which determines how effective the strength of the implants will be. Less dense jawbone material will require more implants.
Removable Dentures and Dental Implants— Some patients prefer removable dentures rather than a permanent treatment option. In these cases, dental implants can be placed that support removable dentures, but with a fixed and strong base in the mouth. Your dentist, however, will most likely recommend full dental implants as opposed to removable dentures if your jaw bone may not be able to support the removable dentures, which is usually the case with patients who suffer from long-term gum disease or another oral health condition. Even with removable dentures supported by implants, however, this is a dependable and long-term treatment option for many patients.
Maintenance and Long-Term Implant Care
Taking care of your teeth is key in maintaining the look, feel, and function of your dental implants, and helps ensure that they will last you the rest of your life. Be sure to maintain strong oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and regularly using mouthwash and oral rinses. In addition, be sure to schedule regular visits to your dental implant provider so they can monitor your implants long-term. When well-maintained, dental implants can offer a strong, healthy, dependable smile for the rest of your life!
Get in touch with our team of veteran implant specialists today to find out if dental implants are the right treatment option for you!