Implant Dentistry in Glendale
Dental implants have revolutionized modern dentistry. We can achieve things that were previously not possible. Advantages of dental implants include:
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial titanium roots that are seated in the jawbone, thereby laying the foundation for fully stable replacement teeth. Near-100% stability can be achieved with the right number of implants and a crown, bridge, or full denture.
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Most patients can receive dental implants to restore comfort, appearance, and function. Some of the important factors that we evaluate for treatment include:
- Gum health.
- Adequate density in the jawbone.
- General health, to include certain medications and health conditions, such as diabetes.
- Non-smokers are better candidates for dental implants.
What to expect
There are a few phases to dental implant treatment:
- Planning and placement. After thorough planning using imaging and data from our initial exam, we place each implant post into the jawbone, and cover this fixture with gum tissue. The procedure is performed with local anesthetic. Most patients feel no discomfort during implant surgery, and experience minimal soreness following the procedure.
- Healing. Seated implants require several months to fully integrate into the jawbone. During this time, temporary restorations are in place to support chewing and cosmetic beauty.
- Restoration. The stabilized implant post can now be fitted with an abutment, a connective piece that holds the final crown, bridge, or denture.
It is important to note that, in some cases, bone grafting may be needed prior to the placement of dental implants.
Visit our Glendale dentist today to see if dental implants are right for you.
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