Dental Implant Placement – Phoenix, AZ
The How and Why of Dental Implants
Missing teeth do not only damage your oral health. The loss of even one tooth can have serious consequences for your general health, your quality of life and your self-confidence, too. That’s why Devoted Family Dental will always work with you to rebuild your smile. The most effective and transformative option is a dental implant. With dental implants, you will practically see the hands of time reverse to when you had a smile that looked beautiful and felt completely comfortable. Furthermore, our dentists are able to perform the entire dental implant process from placement to restoration right here in our office. Keep reading to learn more about dental implant placement in Phoenix.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
First, the dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums in order to make certain that your mouth is healthy and that you have sufficient bone density to support dental implants. If necessary, a bone graft procedure will be performed to build up additional bone.
The implant portion of your new tooth is a small screw or post made of titanium. This is surgically embedded in your jawbone underneath the open socket of a missing tooth. If you are missing more than one tooth, then a number of implants are positioned in the jaw. Dental implants can be used to support a single porcelain crown, a fixed bridge, a removable denture or fixed dentures. Each implant is positioned to take the most advantage of your jaw’s bone density.
As you heal from this minor surgery, the post and surrounding bone tissue fuse together. This process is called osseointegration. As this happens, the bone anchors the implant that will hold your eventual tooth restoration in place. Once the healing process is completed, the dentist in Phoenix will be able to attach an abutment and the appropriate restoration to complete your smile.
Tips for Recovery
The time needed for healing depends on the number of implants placed, whether or not bone graft surgery was also necessary and your personal healing time. A secure bond between the implant and surrounding bone usually requires at least six weeks and up to six months.
You can expect your gums and jaw to be sore for the first few days after surgery. This should dissipate over the following weeks.
Do not eat crunchy or hard foods that could irritate your gums. Be sure to stick to your regular oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss as usual, but do not disturb the surgical site, especially if you have stitches.
Gargling with warm saltwater can also help your recovery. The water is soothing to your gums and the salt content has antiseptic properties.
Once your dentist is certain that the implants are secure, then you will come in to have the appropriate restoration attached: a dental crown for one missing tooth, a bridge for several and an implant-retained denture for an entire row of teeth.