Flagstaff, AZ Dental Implant Supported Tooth Replacement Solutions
Unlike other tooth replacement options that focus on those parts of the teeth visible when you smile, dental implant supported restorations are the only solution that replaces both the roots and crowns of missing teeth. At Flagstaff Downtown Dental, we are happy to work with a team of experts to provide dental implant placement and restoration. Call us to find out more or schedule a dental implant consultation.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are high quality titanium posts. Inserted below the gum line, these dental implant posts fuse with the gums and supportive jawbone tissue to create a solid foundation for any number of replacement teeth. By fusing with the jawbone, they create a supportive structure that closely mimics the root systems of teeth. That’s why dental implant supported restorations offer the most natural looking and feeling solution.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implant Restoration?
There are numerous advantages to tooth replacement with dental implants. Some of the many reasons we recommend dental implant supported tooth replacement includes:
- Replace the entire lost tooth structure both the roots and crowns for a more natural feeling restoration.
- Improved stability compared with other replacement procedures.
- Improved overall health as the dental implant post mimics the root structure providing support to maintain gum tissue volume and jawbone density. This ensures patients maintain their youthful appearances and avoid unnecessary facial sagging or wrinkles that may result from unfilled gaps in smiles.
- Dental implant supported tooth replacement solutions last longer than other restorations as they provide more natural support for tooth replacement prosthetics.
- Self-confidence is improved as patients are able to speak, eat, and smile without fear of slipping or movement.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
With improvements in the techniques and technologies related to dental implant supported tooth replacement, more patients than ever before are able to successfully undergo implant restoration procedures. There’s only one way to know for sure that you’re a good candidate – attending a dental implant evaluation appointment at our office. During these consultations, we’ll complete a number of assessment tasks to determine whether you are likely to respond well to dental implant placement and restoration. Each consultation will include the following components:
- Diagnostics – using digital x-rays and images, we’ll capture an understanding of your entire dental structure that will come give us a complete understanding of your current state of dental health.
- Evaluation – we’ll review your oral health history, discuss any negative experiences with past surgical procedures, and check for adequate jawbone density to support one or more dental implant posts.
- One-on-one consultation – this is the most important part of your dental implant assessment. We take the time to answer any questions you may have, carefully review all of your tooth replacement options including dental implants, and partner with you to complete the best treatment plan to meet your unique set of oral health care needs.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are placed in just a few appointments, but the entire process can take several months. The surgical implantation and restoration appointments are relatively quick, but patients will need to wait several months between these two appointments. During this time, the dental implant undergoes the osseointegration process. This is the process by which the dental implant fuses with the jawbone mimicking the lost root structure.
During your initial procedure visit, following the treatment planning consultation, we will work with a team of experts to surgically place one or two dental implant posts that will support your crown or bridge tooth replacement prosthetic. The surgery is relatively simple and minimally invasive. We place a small incision in the soft tissue. Then, we insert the dental implant post into the jawbone. Following this procedure, you’ll be instructed to wait between three and six months for the titanium implant post to fuse with the natural supportive tissues.
Once this integration process is completed, you’ll return to our office where we’ll craft a dental crown or fixed bridge that is custom crafted by our trusted dental lab from high quality, natural looking materials. We typically recommend zirconia or all-ceramic crowns. Zirconia can be shaded to closely match natural tooth color while providing the advanced durability of gold restorations. All-ceramic crowns are preferred for front facing teeth that are highly visible within the smile line.
- Dental crown – a single dental crown is attached to an individual implant post to replace one missing tooth. Two crowns can also be fused together and supported by a single implant in many cases.
- Fixed bridges – for more advanced tooth loss, we may recommend an implant supported bridge. A series of replacement teeth can be fused together and supported by at least two implant posts, one at each end.