Dental Implant FAQ
Paradise Valley, AZ
Likely, patients who have never had to consider getting dental implants will have a lot of questions and concerns moving forward with the procedure. When considering artificial tooth solutions, patients have already suffered a great deal of anxiety dealing with widespread tooth loss and likely the diagnosis of periodontal disease. Certainly, they have considered traditional dentures as they are one of the less expensive artificial tooth solutions but probably worry, as all denture wearers do, that they will slip and become embarrassing. Some have likely considered dental implants but are unsure of what is involved in the procedure or how they are placed in the mouth. Our Paradise Valley office is here for those patients, to answer their questions and make them aware of all that dental implants have to offer. Please contact us today at David R. Moyer, DDS.
Dental Implants Description
Most patients are unaware that dental implants are made of three distinct sections. Dental implants are an excellent artificial tooth solution because they are permanently affixed in the patient’s mouth. The three sections begin with the part embedded into the jawbone known as the implant. This is surgically anchored in the jawbone. The abutment, or the second section, is then screwed into the implant and allows the final section, called the crown, to be placed on top. The only section visible to the eye is the crown which can be tinted to match the patient’s natural look.
Dental Implant Placement
One drawback to the placement of dental implants is that they require more than a single appointment. The first appointment will involve a complete assessment. At that time, our staff will create a plan tailored to the patient’s specific needs and situation. It will detail the number of appointments necessary and the type of dental surgical procedures necessary to complete. Relying on tooth extractions, gum grafts, bone grafts, or root canals to complete, it is easy to understand why it takes more than a single appointment to place dental implants.
Who Are Good Candidates for Dental Implants?
Not every patient is a prime candidate for dental implants. Those patients who have demonstrated a dedicated approach to their tooth care and also have substantial supportive bone structure are excellent candidates.
If you are lacking sufficient jawbone structure that may deter you from receiving dental implants, but only temporarily. After receiving a bone graft and waiting for your mouth to heal, you will be able to continue on with the process to receive dental implants.
Types of Paradise Valley Dental Implants
The two most common types of dental implants are the endosteal implant and the subperiosteal implant. An endosteal implant is a traditional implant and the most widely utilized. These implants are embedded directly into the jawbone and allowed to bond with the physical bone structure of the patient. This takes a number of months to complete as the fusing procedure takes time. These can be used to secure a single tooth or a full set of artificial teeth.
When patients do not have good bone structure but want to avoid the involved process of bone grafts, the subperiosteal implant can be a great alternative. It is a metal framework which sits on top of the bone. It will eventually fuse to the underlying jawbone when the remaining sections can be placed.
Anyone considering dental implants who have questions should reach out to our Paradise Valley office at David R. Moyer, DDS so we can discuss the options and provide you with valuable information. Patients may also have phone consultations with us by calling us at 480.935.6295. Let’s start your dental implant treatment today. Give us a call today!