Missing teeth can make you feel reluctant to smile or speak because you can’t pronounce words as clearly as you did before you lost teeth. This can also cause oral health issues including difficulty chewing food and the possibility of your remaining teeth shifting position and moving towards the open spot.
Dental Implants the Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth
While keeping the teeth you have had since childhood is always the ideal, sometimes that just isn’t possible. You may have lost a tooth in an accident, had to have it removed due to dental disease, or no longer have one or more natural teeth for other reasons. A dental implant can make the
ideal restoration for missing teeth because it replaces roots as well as the tooth itself. Dr. Cheyenne Fazeli installs dental implants using the following three parts:
Titanium-alloy or titanium base or fixture similar in appearance to a screw: The first step in obtaining dental implants is for Dr. Fazeli to install this piece into your jawbone using a special dental drill. Your jaw is numb throughout the procedure so you don’t feel any discomfort. Once the base or fixture is in place, you will wait approximately 12 weeks for it to integrate with the remaining bone around it. This process is called osseointegration.
Abutment: This piece connects the crown of your tooth to the base or fixture from the implant. Its purpose is to hold the replacement tooth in place.
Natural-looking crown: The final piece is an artificial tooth designed to match the shade and shape of your remaining teeth as closely as possible. The procedure is complete once your dentist attaches the crown to the abutment.
Once your dental implant is in place, it will prevent additional shifting of other teeth that can lead to alignment problems and other oral health issues. Another benefit of replacing missing teeth with dental implants is that it becomes a permanent part of your jawbone. This prevents the softening and eventual disintegration of other bone in your jaw. Dental implants also prevent sagging of the face that can become uncomfortable and look unattractive.
Restored Functionality with a Minimum of Downtime
Advancements in the placement of dental implants means that most people can receive them if they desire and experience minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. Our staff will provide you with complete instructions on how to care for the implant area at home, including what to do if you experience pain or swelling.
Keep in mind that some discomfort is normal after receiving dental implants but that it should be short-lived. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel the area is not healing as quickly as you expected. You will also need to come in for a few follow-up appointments so Dr. Fazeli can check the implant to ensure that the site is healing and no issues exist with the surrounding teeth.
Most patients notice the difference in functionality as soon as they receive their replacement teeth. You can chew, speak, smile, and do all the things you may have taken for granted before you lost your teeth. This is because your implants function just as your regular teeth. We recommend that you continue to keep up with a regular oral healthcare routine at home that includes brushing and flossing at least twice per day. While you don’t have food restrictions like you might with removable dentures, it’s still important not to subject your new dental implants to any unnecessary stress.
Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
Implants supported by a dental bridge can be a good solution when you are missing several consecutive teeth. You will not need an implant for each missing tooth since Dr. Fazeli can fill the space with a dental bridge supported by the implants. The result is just as natural and functional as a single-tooth dental implant. Both the implants and the dental bridge are permanent tooth replacements that you don’t have to worry about removing at night or cleaning in any special way.
Are Dental Implants the Right Restoration for You?
To be considered a good candidate for dental implants, you should have adequate bone for Dr. Fazeli to place the implants and to provide support after she completes the procedure. Your gums should also be reasonably healthy.
If you lack sufficient bone in your jaw, dental implants may still be possible if you receive a bone graft. This involves Dr. Fazeli removing a small portion of bone from one area of your mouth where the supply is adequate and moving it to the area of the missing tooth to support an implant. We are always happy to discuss other options if dental implants won’t work for you or you simply prefer something else.
Please contact SunWest Dental at 480-895-3252 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fazeli if you’re ready to move forward with permanent tooth replacement.