Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Our Dental Implants Phoenix Cost the best value that patients refer all of their friends.
What are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth, partials or dentures.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
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The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures or a temporary appliance and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Lines or Dr. Hoaglin may attach small posts, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually ranges from three to eight months, depending on the treatment needed. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Lines and Dr. Hoaglin are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of 8 weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction — further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with crowns at one visit. This procedure, called “immediate temporization,” greatly simplifies the surgical process.
Who actually performs the implant placement?
Implants are a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Restorative Dentist. While Dr. Lines or Dr. Hoaglin perform the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist may also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
What types of prostheses are available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Phoenix?
The cost of dental implants varies based on what type of dental implant and which dentist or board certified oral surgeon actually places the dental implants. We always offer you a free consultation on dental implants and provide a free 2nd opinion customized exactly to your situation breaking out all of the costs for you. Call us at 623-931-9197 and schedule a free dental implant consultation.