Dental Implants Prescott, AZ
- Dental Implants: Treating Missing Teeth
- What are dental implants?
- Dentures vs. Dental Implants
- Jawbone Loss
- Dental Implants: The Procedure
- The Benefits of Dental Implants
- The Cost of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants FAQ’s
- Dental Implants Reviews
Dental Implants: Treating Missing Teeth
At Advanced Dental Center, we offer complete dental implant care, including the precise placement of new implants, restoration options, and maintenance. We have a CT scanner in our office so that we can provide you with detailed implant options and develop an enhanced treatment plan all in one day.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are anchored to the jaw. They have aesthetic qualities nearly identical to natural teeth and allow patients to eat and chew without restriction. They can last a lifetime and are, quite simply, the best choice for replacing missing teeth!
The implant itself is a titanium screw that is placed directly into the jaw and allowed to fuse with the bone – a process known as osseointegration. After the implant is stable, an artificial crown is attached via a connecting piece known as an “abutment”. Once the process is complete, the patient is ready to live life to the fullest!
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Dentures vs. Dental Implants
For many people, dentures provide immediate relief from the difficulties of living without teeth. However, dentures also tend to wear fast, requiring frequent adjustments, restrict the types of foods we eat, allow for jawbone resorption and often cause embarrassment when they slip or fall out.
By contrast, dental implants protect the jawbone, come with no eating restrictions, stay put, and, most importantly, can last a lifetime – a genuine investment in one’s health and well-being. For those who are missing most (or all) of their teeth, we offer a hybrid option: Implant Supported Dentures, which allow you to have a full arch of teeth placed on just four implants.
When a tooth is missing, the jawbone immediately begins to break down (“resorb”). Resorption leads to functional and aesthetic problems. First, the loss of the jawbone makes it harder to place an implant, and second, it causes the soft tissues of the face to sag and wrinkle for an overall sunken look.
Regular stimulation is needed by the chewing and biting actions of teeth for the jawbone to maintain a normal mass. The only way to provide this stimulation is with dental implants.
Dental Implants: The Procedure
The dental implant process starts with a consultation and exam to determine whether you have the adequate bone structure to support an implant. The implant surgery itself takes between 1-4 hours. After the implant is placed, it is covered with soft tissue and left alone for about 3 months while the titanium works to fuse with the bone.
Finally, once osseointegration has occurred, an abutment is attached to the implant, and a beautiful crown restoration is attached to the abutment to complete the process.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Can last a lifetime (if cared for properly)
- Allow for a full diet, no restrictions on chewing or biting
- Don’t slip or fall out like dentures
- Look completely natural
- Preserve the jawbone
The Cost of Dental Implants
While it is true that dental implants cost more than other options such as dental bridges and dentures, they also outlast these methods by decades and provide a much better quality of life.
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Dental Implants FAQ’s
- How long does the dental implant process take?
- What are immediate load implants?
- When will I return to work?
- Do dental implants hurt?
- Do I need bone grafting?
- How can implants help people who are missing most of their teeth?
How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire process can take as little as 2 weeks, or as long as 18 months. Timing is dependent on several factors including the position in the mouth and the extent of bone loss.
What are immediate load implants?
Sometimes we are able to load implants on the same day as the implant surgery itself instead of waiting months for osseointegration to occur. This process is known as “immediate-load dental implants”.
When will I return to work?
Most of our patients return to work the day after implant surgery.
Do dental implants hurt?
During the surgery, you will be kept comfortable and the site will be totally numb. At Advanced Dental Center, we offer a variety of anesthesia types including IV sedation to help you get the work you need to be done comfortably. Any post-op soreness that you may have can typically be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. We will be sure to give you detailed pain control instructions before your surgery.
Do I need bone grafting?
It is not uncommon for patients to require bone grafting to build up the jaw before a dental implant can be placed. This is especially true for patients who were missing a tooth for an extended amount of time, during which the jawbone deteriorated.
How can implants help people who are missing most of their teeth?
For patients who are missing a full arch of teeth (or close to that amount), we often recommend a procedure called implant supported dentures. This treatment features a set of permanent dentures attached to four dental implants (per arch).
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Dental Implants Reviews
Advanced Dental Center
Patient Review by Brian R
I needed a dental implant and Dr Edwards came highly recommended by friends and reputation. It was so smooth , painless and expertly done. His experience definitely showed. I highly recommend this doctor and his office.
- Brian R
Patient Review by George C
I will recommend Advanced Dental to everyone ! Thank you very much
- George C
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Patient Review by Connie H
I am very happy with Dr Edwards and his staff. I highly recommend him !!
- Connie H
Patient Review by Karen R
Staff has been professional, courteous and compassionate. You can see they love their work. Dr. Edwards has been kind enough to come in on day off to attend to me.
- Karen R