In that last 25 years titanium implants have made huge strides in medicine and dentistry . Today, dental implants are usually the preferred method to replace missing teeth due to their proven track record, excellent success rates, and flexibility in treatment options.
At Arizona Family Dental we will be able to evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. We have experience with a number of different implant systems and together we can help you determine which system is best for you. Simply put, a dental implant is a titanium based cylinder that takes the place of the missing tooth root. After a period of time, this titanium cylinder fuses with the bone in what is know as osseointegration. Once osseointegration occurs, the implant is ready to be crowned. To many people this sounds painful and even scary, but it truly is not. Local anaesthetic is used thus there is no pain during the procedure and post-op pain is also minimal to none.
With all the advances in implants, loose dentures are a thing of the past. Implants can be used to support full or partial dentures which will dramatically improve the denture retention and stability. Most patients with sufficient bone can have implants, although individual decisions and factors must be considered. Usually an x-ray and a CT-scan is done to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant and also to determine the size and kind of the implant that should be placed.
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