Missing teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile, make it difficult to chew or speak, and lead to serious oral health concerns.
Implants replace the tooth root and provide the ultimate support for crowns, bridges, and dentures.
The dental experts at Desert Springs Family Dentistry in Tucson, AZ, can work with you to restore form and function to your smile...
The Benefits of Dental Implant Treatment
Longevity and Durability
With appropriate care and the attention of your dentist, dental implants can last for more than 40 years. While the restoration attached to the implant will not last as long, the implant itself can last the rest of your life.
When a tooth is lost, it causes the jawbone to gradually shrink and change shape, leading to dental misalignment and distortion of your facial features. Unlike other restorations, implants replace the entire tooth and provide the stimulation needed to stop jaw atrophy.
Security and Confidence
Titanium implants fuse to your jawbone, so they won't allow your restorations to slip or come loose in the way that traditional dentures can. You can speak, eat, and laugh with total confidence.
Replacing a Single Tooth with an Implant, Abutment, and Crown
Dental Implant Basics
Traditional dental implant treatment can take six months or longer to complete. The process begins with an initial surgery, during which an oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums and insert the implant into the bone tissue. After the implant is placed, a healing period of four to six months is required for the implant to fuse to the bone.
After the first healing period, another procedure is required to attach an abutment to the implant. After a second healing period of about two weeks, the dentists at Desert Springs Family Dentistry in Tucson, AZ, can attach your custom-made dental restoration to the abutment.
If You Are Missing a Tooth, You Are Not Alone
Dental Implant Treatment by Desert Springs Family Dentistry
With more than 20 years of experience practicing dentistry in Tucson, the dentists at Desert Springs Family Dentistry have helped many patients rebuild their smiles with dental implant treatment. When you come in for a consultation after suffering from missing teeth, our doctors can assess your situation and determine if dental implants are the best restoration solution for you.
If you are a good candidate for dental implant treatment, we will work with reputable oral surgeons in the area to have your implants placed. After your implants have healed, we can use a digital impression of your bite to create a custom restoration (an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture) that will seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth.
We offer dental implant candidates financing and payment plans to make this treatment affordable.
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Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?
Low Bone Density in the Jaw
If your natural tooth has been missing for a significant amount of time, the atrophy of the jaw may be too significant to support an implant. In some cases, this can be corrected through a bone grafting procedure.
Smoking negatively affects your oral health, impairing your ability to heal and increasing the risk of an implant failing to fuse to the bone properly. Smokers who are considering dental implants should quit several months ahead of the surgery. Ideally, you should drop the habit permanently.
Unhealthy gums may not heal properly after surgery. Periodontal issues will need to be addressed before implant treatment.