Dental implants are the very best option dentistry can provide to replace missing teeth. They feel and function very much like strong natural teeth. Additionally they help maintain bone so you do not lose the anatomic structure needed to provide a beautiful smile and a youthful appearance. Unlike bridges or removable dentures, which sit on top of your gums, dental implants are placed into the jaw bone and emerge through the gums. This makes them the most life-like option for restoring missing teeth. It’s like growing a new tooth! Dental implants can be used to replace any number of lost teeth. Even people with no teeth can benefit from implants, because they can replace their dentures with teeth that don’t move and are not removable. Because we handle the entire process from implant placement to crown fabrication, there’s no need to be referred to another office. Call for a no-obligation implant consultation today.
Are you wearing dentures that slip, tilt, or wander? Implant placement in certain parts of the jaws can be used with dentures to securely attach the denture to the implants. Implant supported dentures provide you with full chewing ability to allow for a complete and healthy diet. These types of dentures help you taste your food better because there is no need to have the top of your mouth covered to provide suction for the denture. They also prevent bone loss and gum shrinkage, which will help you keep your dentures longer without having to get as many realigns. Bridges and standard dentures do not preserve bone. This becomes more of a concern as we continue to live longer and want to have a good quality of life. Delaying replacement of your broken or missing teeth can not only cause unnecessary problems in your mouth, but it can also limit the implant options available due to bone loss. This option can provide you with the best looking and functioning smile possible.
Your teeth stimulate the surrounding bone each and every time you chew. This is important because this stimulation results in bone maintenance. When a tooth is extracted the bone is no longer stimulated. This results in continuous bone loss at toothless site for the rest of your life. The good news is a dental implant acts like a tooth and can stimulate the jaw bone to prevent bone loss at the missing tooth site. Furthermore, implants prevent the shrinkage of gum tissue which also shrinks along with the bone at a toothless site. Thus, they serve to protect the surrounding healthy teeth. Bridges and dentures do not provide this type of support and protection. Delaying replacement of your broken or missing teeth usually results in unnecessary problems and can also limit the options available to provide you with a great-looking and functional smile.
We are proud to be one of the few practices in Yavapai County to use Cone Beam TM digital imaging technology. Cone Beam technology produces a 3D image of a patient’s jaws and teeth. This technology is very useful when placing implants, because we can see exactly where vital anatomic structures are, like nerves and blood vessels, and thus avoid placing an implant into these areas. It also allows for gum flap free placement of many implants. This is great for patients, because a flapless implant surgery causes substantially less surgical trauma, and it dramatically reduces the pain after implant placement. 3-D imaging, as opposed to standard 2-D images, leads to much greater accuracy for all dental treatments. This is especially true for dental implant and other oral surgeries. For more information about dental implants, please visit the Misch International Implant Institute TM and the International Congress of Oral Implantology.