Dental Implants Explained

You may have seen television commercials showcasing people whose lives have been transformed by dental implants and wondered if such a dramatic change might be possible for you. And you may be asking how the process actually works, if you don’t have any friends in Phoenix who have received an implant with whom you can discuss it.

There are several reasons why dental implants have become a popular form of dental restoration.

  • Dental implants don’t require the natural teeth around the implant site to be altered to accommodate it, as is the case with a fixed bridge.
  • You can have a single tooth replaced, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch replaced at once.
  • Implants are anchored in your jaw and prevent bone loss, and can look and function like natural teeth.

The dental implant process itself is fairly straightforward. First, you will visit your Phoenix cosmetic dentist to be evaluated for an implant, and he or she will determine what additional procedures also may be needed, such as bone augmentation or removal of the failing natural tooth or teeth.

dental-implantsAfter evaluation and coordination among dental specialty team members, you will visit an oral surgeon or periodontist to place the part of the dental implant that sits in your jaw. After this has been placed, a temporary crown will be placed on top of your implant. Later, you will visit your Phoenix cosmetic dentist to have a permanent crown installed on your implant to replace your missing tooth.

“Don’t be afraid to bring up the possibility of getting a dental implant with your cosmetic dental provider,” said Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist who is the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates in central Phoenix. “We are happy to discuss if it is the right option for you, and what you will experience at every step of the process.”


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