Dental implants are a primary focus for Scottsdale dentists, Dr. Rod Gore and Dr. Whitney Sebree, who is dedicated to helping people seeking dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth with an implanted crown, bridge, or dentures. In the process, an anchor or anchors are implanted into the jawbone, which will heal around the implant(s) within 6 months through a bone bonding process known as osseointegration. Since placing the anchor(s) requires the utmost accuracy and precision, Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree use the cutting-edge CT 3D Cone Beam Scan. After the bone bonding process, a porcelain crown, bridge, or denture can be placed on top of the anchor for a restored smile, easier speech and eating, and overall boosted confidence. Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree work carefully to ensure a good fit and natural color.
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What to Expect
Prior to the dental implant procedure, a thorough examination will be conducted. The dentist will examine the teeth and jawbone to assess whether the gums are healthy enough and if the patient has enough bone to properly support an implant. X-rays will be taken to help the dentist develop impressions of the mouth to ensure replacement teeth fit accurately and naturally. A local anesthetic can be given prior to the implant to minimize pain and discomfort. The dentist will place the small titanium post implant into the missing tooth’s bone socket. During the course of the jawbone healing, it will grow around the implant.
The jawbone healing process can take 3 – 6 months as it lays a strong foundation for the replacement tooth to be placed. At this time, a small abutment, or connector post, is attached to the implant so that a new tooth, called a crown, can be placed. Other replacement options, such as bridges or dentures, can be used as well. The replacement will match the color, shape, and size of the patient’s natural teeth to give it a consistent look.
Temporary vs. Permanent
Once the dental implant is set, a patient has the option of temporary or permanent replacement teeth. Permanent teeth such as crowns and bridges are fixed into place. Some patients may opt for removable dentures that can be moved as needed. The dentist will work with the patient in order to determine the best option.
After the dental implants are installed, most patients report little to no pain. If there is any soreness, an over-the-counter pain medication can be taken. It is important for a patient to practice good oral hygiene after the procedure. This includes regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. It’s also important to keep up with regular dental appointments. If a patient practices proper oral hygiene and treats the implant with care, a dental implant is extremely durable and should last for a lifetime. In some instances, the replacement teeth may deteriorate due to wear and tear and may need to be replaced.
The cost of dental implants can vary widely depending on the number of teeth being replaced and the complexity of the case. Insurance usually doesn’t cover implants but if the implants are deemed medically necessary, a patient’s insurance plan might cover some of the costs.
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Replace and Restore Your Smile
If you want to be proud of your smile again, dental implants can fill in missing teeth for a more attractive appearance. Anyone who has missing teeth is encouraged to call our office today to make a consultation and find out about their dental implant options.