Four Things to Know About Dental Implants
There are a lot of misconceptions about dental implants that we hear in our Mesa, AZ office. While implants have been around for a number of years, they’ve drastically changed over the past two decades. In fact, they’re now regarded as the gold standard in regard to tooth replacement.
But are they right for you? Here are a few things you need to know, first.
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They’re Stronger Than Your Teeth
Dental implants are made of titanium. This metal is hypoallergenic and biocompatible, so it’s frequently used in joint replacement in addition to dental implant therapy.
The best part is that titanium is extremely durable. In fact, it’s stronger than your tooth enamel (which is the hardest substance in the entire human body.) As such, it can withstand the heavy, repetitive forces of biting and chewing.
When you get dental implants, you won’t have to worry about whether you’ll be able to eat all of your favorite foods. The new “teeth” in your mouth are designed to function in a way that makes the least impact on your lifestyle possible.
Implants Can Last for Life
With implants, you get the best return on investment when it comes to replacing your missing teeth.
While other options like dentures may seem like the obviously cheaper choice, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. For example, a regular denture will need to be replaced every so often. After going through a few dentures, you’ve already paid more for your treatment than you would have if you opted for dental implants.
Additionally, your body initiates a natural process called “osseointegration” when an implant is installed. The biocompatibility of our Mesa, AZ dental implants triggers new bone growth around them, fusing your artificial tooth root permanently into your jaw. When cared for properly, you can expect it to last forever.
The failure rate for implants is so low, that they’re regarded as the most reliable and predictable treatment in modern dentistry.
You Can Use Them to Replace as Many Teeth as Necessary
The beauty of dental implants is that we can use them for one tooth, a few in a row, or all of them at once. Plus, full mouth reconstruction with implants doesn’t mean you need one for each tooth that’s missing.
Here are some of the restoration situations you can consider:
A single implant with an individual crown.
Implants are made to mimic natural tooth roots. As is the case, they can support a custom porcelain crown to look and feel like a natural tooth. This design makes them non-invasive to your neighboring teeth (unlike other types of tooth replacement treatments) and healthier for your smile overall.
Two (or more) implants supporting a multi-tooth dental bridge.
Traditional bridges anchored on top of natural teeth can only replace 1-2 teeth at a time, maximum. But with an implant supported bridge, you’re able to replace 3-4 teeth or more, depending on the situation. An implant is needed on either end of the bridge (2 total,) but longer restorations involving a wider gap will need more.
Implant retained dentures that snap on.
With four strategically placed implants in your jaw, we can make it so that your denture snaps into place for added security and comfort all day long. There’s no need for gooey pastes or messy adhesives; your implants will give you a confidence like no other.
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Getting Implants Doesn’t Hurt
When looking at an implant, it’s normal for most people to think that the implant surgery itself will be painful. Not so! You might be surprised to learn that our Mesa, AZ implant treatments are just as comfortable as (if not more than) having a tooth removed. Why? Because there are no pain receptors in your jaw bone. As long as your gums are thoroughly numb with local anesthetic, all you’ll feel is a little bit of pressure.
Recovery from implant surgery is actually quite easy. While you’ll want to avoid chewing on that area in order for the site to heal, you won’t feel anything more than a mild amount of soreness.
Are You a Candidate for Mesa, AZ Dental Implants?
Schedule a consultation at Eastport Dental today to find out. Dr. Huyn will evaluate your gum and bone health, take a few X-rays, and then discuss how many implants (and which type of restoration) you need.
Flexible financing options and sedation dentistry are available! Contact our Mesa implant dentist today to find out if you qualify for this revolutionary tooth replacement treatment.