Dental implants – Phoenix, AZ
Repairing Damaged Smiles to Flawless Function
If you need to replace one or more teeth, Bell Road Dental Care has a great solution. With dental implants, you can have a fully restored smile that looks beautiful and functions just like your natural smile. This service is 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.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Are you unhappy with your current denture, or have you recently lost one of your teeth due to an accident or poor oral health? Dr. Sewright would be happy to assess your needs and help you determine the treatment option that’s right for you. Contact our Phoenix dental office today to reserve your visit. With a visual exam and X-rays, we gain a full understanding of your situation and propose a personalized plan to reclaim your good oral health and wellbeing.
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.
Indications for Dental Implants
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 One Tooth
To replace one tooth, we will use one dental implant post to support a custom crafted dental crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
To replace two or more consecutive teeth, we will use two dental implants 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.
The 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.
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 their 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.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
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 are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed and fuse with your jaw to provide a stable and durable foundation for restorations such as dentures, crowns, or bridges to be placed on. They’re the closest restorative procedure you can get to natural teeth and allow you to eat, smile, kiss, and talk with confidence!
Unlike other restoration, dental implants don’t just replace the biting surface of your teeth, but they also replace the roots. This stimulates your jawbone and oral tissues and promotes great oral health. It also makes your restorations easy to care for and long-lasting!
How do I know if I would be a good candidate for implants?
Dental implants in North Phoenix are a great restorative solution for virtually every patient who suffers from tooth loss. Even if you don’t have sufficient bone in the necessary areas, there are procedures like bone grafting that can help. If you have dentures already and are unhappy with them, dental implants are also a great replacement option that could eliminate any shifting or slipping.
It’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sewright to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure because there are certain situations that should be navigated with caution. During your visit, our team will create a personalized plan to put your oral health and wellbeing back into your own hands.
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 North 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.