Implants are used on various parts of the body to replace missing or defective areas of bone. Additionally, implants are used in dentistry as well. Tooth implants, or “dental implants,” are implants used for replacing missing teeth. Scottsdale, AZ area patients who are considering tooth replacement options may want to ask Drs. Rogel Carlos and Marissa Mandap about the benefits of dental implants and determine if they are proper candidates.
Understanding how dental implants work
Dental implants are restorations that require an oral surgery procedure during which the dentist places the implant into the bone of the jaw. In doing so, this stimulates bone growth called osseointegration. The bone of the jaw grows and surrounds the implant over the course of several weeks to give it a solid foundation. Once the dental implant has healed and is firmly in place, the dentist can then restore the visible portion of the implant above the gumline, called the abutment.
Common restorations for dental implants
Dental implants are incredibly versatile as they can be used to replace one or more teeth in the mouth. Dental implants are often restored using:
- Dental porcelain crowns
- Porcelain dental bridges
- Full acrylic dentures
Are dental implants right for me?
The best candidates for dental implants are adult patients who have otherwise healthy smiles free from periodontal disease and tooth decay, Additionally, the most appropriate patients for these restorations are those who have enough bone for successful placement. The dental implant can stimulate bone growth, but there must be enough bone in the jaw to support this. Bone grafting may be recommended for patients who are not good candidates but might consider tooth implants in the future.
Request an appointment today
At AZ Dental Wellness of Scottsdale, we provide AZ area patients with restorative solutions for the smile. If you are curious to learn more about using dental implants for missing teeth, contact our practice at (480) 747-1352 to schedule a consultation. During this time, we can evaluate you to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for this or other dental solutions available in our practice for tooth loss.
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