Dental Implants — Phoenix, AZ
Repairing Damaged Smiles to Flawless Function
If you need to replace one or more teeth, Bell Road Dental Care of Phoenix has a great solution. With dental implants, you can have a fully restored smile that looks beautiful and functions just like your natural smile. Dental implants in our Phoenix dental office are versatile enough to be used by patients who need to replace a single tooth, patients who need to replace a few teeth, and even those who need to replace a full row of teeth. To learn more about this modern tooth loss solution, continue reading or give our office a call today!
Why Choose Bell Road Dental Care of Phoenix for Dental Implants?
- Known for Providing Outstanding Customer Service
- Trained to Place and Restore Dental Implants In-House
- Advanced Technology for Planning Implant Surgery
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant in Phoenix is a preferred solution to treat tooth loss because it is unlike any other option. It’s the only treatment to replace both the root and the crown of the tooth using a unique process. Although it may take longer than traditional methods, it’s time well-spent to enjoy a close replica of your natural teeth. It will require a multi-phased treatment, but don’t worry. Dr. Jafari will take the time to explain each step of your treatment and how dental implants work during your consultation.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
The implant procedure is completed over a period of months in two phases. In the first, an experienced oral surgeon places one or more titanium implant posts in the jaw. A single implant stabilizes one prosthetic tooth while multiple implants stabilize implant-supported partial or full dentures.
After the procedure, your mouth needs to heal. As this happens, your implant(s) form a natural bond with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. The osseointegration process creates a strong, natural foundation for your future prosthetic. Once the process is complete, your implant(s) function as a prosthetic root stabilizing the crown or denture and stimulating jawbone tissue density keeping it strong and healthy over the years.
In the second phase of treatment, our Phoenix team attaches the custom restoration. Whether you need a single replacement tooth, a partial, or a full denture, you can have a complete smile that restores your health, beauty, and functionality.
Benefits of Dental Implants
We know that replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants can be a big undertaking, but for many patients, the benefits are well worth the added time and effort associated with this complex treatment plan. Some of the many benefits of dental implant supported tooth replacement include the following:
- Longevity – traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures need to be replaced frequently, usually every five to ten years to ensure proper function, but an implant supported restoration will last for decades with proper care. Many people maintain their implant supported restoration for the rest of their lives.
- Stability – especially for patients in need of a partial or full denture, implant posts deliver exceptional stability that is as close to nature as possible. The dental implant posts closely mimic the function of tooth roots, holding replacement teeth firmly in place.
- Function – an implant supported restoration will work just like your healthy, natural smile, allowing you to eat all of your favorite foods without worrying about damaging a replacement tooth.
- Oral Health – Because dental implants replace the tooth roots, they provide the necessary stimulus to maintain the optimal level of oral health. Because of their close to natural structure, it’s easy to care for your new smile and maintain your oral health.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
During your tooth replacement consultation, we’ll review your current condition and help you to find the best restoration plan. Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, we will recommend one of the following implant supported restoration options:
- Missing 1 Tooth – To replace one tooth, we will use one dental implant post to support a custom-crafted dental crown. A single dental implant, combined with a crown, can replace an entire tooth from the roots up.
- Missing Multiple Teeth – To replace two or more consecutive teeth, we will use two dental implant posts to support a fixed bridge restoration. To restore multiple consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, we will use an implant-retained partial denture. Depending on the size and shape of the partial, we may need to use anywhere from two to four dental implant posts.
- Missing All Teeth – To replace one or both rows of teeth, we will use an implant supported full denture. In most cases, four to six strategically positioned dental implant posts are adequate to provide support for the denture.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Every dental implant tooth replacement plan is different, and the cost of your treatment plan will vary dramatically depending on the number of missing teeth, materials used to craft the dental implant posts and replacement teeth, and other variables. For those patients who have dental insurance coverage, our team will do its utmost to maximize any available benefits. Most plans don’t cover the cost of dental implant posts or their placement, but benefits are available for many other aspects of your treatment plan, and we can help you make the most of this coverage. When necessary, we also work with third-party financiers to offer low and no-interest payment plans.
Types of Dental Implants
The first question we need to answer is perhaps the most basic one: “How many teeth are missing?” Implants can fill in gaps of any size in your mouth, but the approach that needs to be taken to make that happen varies. For example, a patient that had a single tooth extracted will only need a single implant as well as a crown. Multiple teeth could be replaced by individual implant posts, but if they were all in a row, you might only need two implants and a bridge. For extensive cases, you might receive dentures supported by four implants. As you can probably imagine, the price will be very different in each of these situations.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Dental implants can last for many years – decades even – provided they receive the right care, which for the most part simply means brushing, flossing, and visiting our dental office every six months for regular cleanings. Because of this, you’ll rarely, if ever, need to replace your dental implant posts. In contrast, traditional dentures and bridges may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. In other words, even if implants are more costly than other options at first, over the long run they can very well end up being the more cost-effective option. In the meantime, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of a new smile supported by strong, stable “roots.”
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
This can be a tricky question because every insurance carrier is different; some do indeed cover implants while other classify them as a cosmetic treatment (and thus won’t offer any kind of coverage). Even if your policy adopts the latter approach, they might still be willing to help pay for related procedures. Review your personal policy carefully. We’ll be more than happy to help you file a claim for any benefits that you are entitled to; we also work with 3rd party credit companies for patients without insurance. Finally, don’t forget to ask about our $1995 dental implant special, which includes the implant along with an abutment and a crown.
Dental Implant FAQs
If you still have questions about dental implants and how they can benefit you, there’s no need to worry. For your convenience, we’ve collected some of the most popular questions we get along with their answers below.
What could cause implant failure?
Dental implants boast a 95% success rate, but implant failure can still occur. Some common reasons that your implants may fail are infections like gum disease, medical conditions that impact your immune system and impede your ability to heal properly, or poor oral hygiene.
While your dental implants are durable and strong, it’s important to keep in mind that they’re not indestructible. The best way to combat implant failure is to follow your dentist in Phoenix’s instructions after your surgery and let them know of any conditions that you may have during your consultation.
If I smoke, can I get dental implants?
Even if you smoke, you can still get dental implants. Just keep in mind that recent research has uncovered a connection between this oral habit and an increased risk of implant failure. Be sure to let your dentist know if you do use tobacco during your consultation. You can ask them how it will impact your restorations and about any concerns you may have.
Will my dental insurance cover dental implants?
Everyone’s insurance benefits vary, but typically, most plans don’t cover dental implants because they consider them a cosmetic procedure. If you’re looking into getting implants, it’s a good idea to check with your health insurance, because they may be able to help with some of the surgical costs. Before you schedule your consultation, it’s best to contact your providers and see if they cover any of the costs.
How long does the dental implant process take?
Unlike other tooth replacement options, restoring your missing teeth with dental implants is a multistep process that’s completed over the course of several months. Once the small titanium post has been surgically placed into your jawbone, it will undergo osseointegration. This is where the post fuses with the surrounding bone tissue to form a rock-solid foundation for your new tooth. Typically, this stage takes anywhere from four to six months until your mouth has healed enough to move on to placing your final restoration. While getting dental implants takes more time and effort than dentures or a dental bridge, their unmatched comfort, functionality, and longevity are well worth the wait!