For missing teeth one of the newest replacement procedures is the dental implant. Unlike the old traditional bridges, the implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth replacement available. It is important to replace missing teeth because the harmony and balance that is lost when a tooth is missing can cause other teeth to experience more forces and trauma due to increased forces on nearby teeth. In addition when teeth are lost, there can be a shifting of adjacent teeth that can cause headaches, neck pain and even TMJ symptoms. The dental implant can replace the missing tooth as naturally as possible. They can also preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when you lose a tooth.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Prior to a dental implant procedure, a thorough comprehensive evaluation will be performed to evaluate if a patient is a good candidate for a dental implant. Dr. Gore will rely on the latest digital imaging software to help evaluate the bone structure of the area of the missing tooth. A patient will have a simple, painless 3D Cone Beam scan done in the office to assist with their evaluation. This advanced technology will help determine the size and angulation the implant will need to be for the most ideal results and if an implant is even a viable option. After the placement of the implant, the site will need to heal for approximately 3 months. If a missing tooth is in the ‘smile zone’ a patient may not want to go with an open space during the healing phase of treatment. In that case, a small, custom fit replacement tooth will be fabricated. This appliance is called a flipper and is similar to an orthodontic retainer . It fits against the inside of the teeth where it is mostly out of sight, with a natural looking replacement tooth attached to it. This gives the illusion that there are no missing teeth while giving the implant in the tissue below it time to heal.
The use of local anesthesia will be used to freeze or numb the area during your dental implant procedure.
After a dental implant is placed many patients report minimal discomfort. If there is any discomfort, an over-the-counter pain medication like Advil or Tylenol is recommended to relieve it. Dr. Gore will have patients return for a post-operative appointment at about 1 week post-op. At this appointment, a visual exam of the implant site and an x-ray will be taken to help them evaluate how the patient is healing. The implant will heal for approximately 2-3 months, depending on the type of implant surgery that was performed. At a 2-3 month follow up visit, Dr. Gore will determine if the healing around the implant is complete and ready for the new, beautiful porcelain restoration to be fabricated.
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.
Dr. Gore’s dental implant process begins with treatment planning.
Professional Dental Implant Procedure in Scottsdale
During the procedure, DrGore will place the tooth root implant into the bone in the place of the missing tooth. Your jawbone will integrate with the implant, keeping it in place and giving Dr. Gore a secure “anchor” to attach the crown to later. The usual healing process takes approximately 3 months.
Once your bone integrates completely to the implant, we attach (screw) an abutment (a small connector post) to hold the porcelain crown.
Dental implants look and feel very much like natural teeth. Apart from enhancing your smile, implants also fully restore your ability to chew. You can enjoy food without worries, as well as brush and floss normally. Also, since dental implants are permanent, you can usually eliminate the challenges that comes with removable dentures.
Unlike tooth-supporting bridges, implants do not require reducing or preparing other teeth.
If you have missing teeth come see us to restore your GOREgeous smile. Call 480-585-6225 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Rod Gore Main Office
Scottsdale, AZ 85255