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Your dental needs are a very personal thing, and you deserve to have all the information you need to make sound decisions about certain treatments or procedures. We don't just tell you what we think is best for you. Our doctors take the time to explain what the procedure is, why it's necessary, and how it will benefit you in the long-term. So we welcome and encourage your questions, because it's the best way for us to know what's on your mind.
Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but you may have others that you don't see here. Please don't ever hesitate to contact our office if you're looking for more information.
Dental implants are a popular choice today for tooth replacement, and with good reason. Implants consist of a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone. After the post implant has healed completely, a full dental crown is placed on top of the post, and the tooth can be used like a natural tooth. Dental implants are durable, they look and feel great, and they are long lasting. But many patients ask exactly how long-lasting are they?
The life of a dental implant
The length that an implant will last is largely based on the care and upkeep that the patient keeps up with. For example, if you are cleaning your teeth properly and effectively at home, and visiting the dentist regularly for those checkups and cleanings, your implant can last a lifetime.
The dental crown, on the other hand, may need to be replaced every 10-15 years after it has been placed due to normal wear and tear on the crown itself. With excellent oral hygiene, sometimes crowns can last closer to 20 years.
The other main factor in how long an implant can last is where in the mouth it is located. Teeth in the back of the mouth take on more pressure from eating, and are more likely to be neglected when it comes to at-home cleaning, which means it's more likely for an implant in the back of your mouth to have a shorter life. However, in any case, the largest factor here is how well the implant is cared for, so keeping up with those dental appointments is vital.
If you have any questions about dental implants, or if you think you may be interested in getting an implant, don't hesitate to contact our office for more information! We are always able to answer any questions possible over the phone, and we can schedule a consultation to get more information right away. We look forward to helping you achieve a happy, healthy smile!
Dental implants in Phoenix, AZ are one of the most common tooth replacement options in dentistry.
The strength of a dental implant
Dental implants are thin but sturdy posts implanted in your jawbone. The dental crowns that fit over your implant posts can never get cavities. And if they do chip or crack in the future, these crowns can be easily replaced without disturbing your implant posts.
One of the most beneficial aspects of dental implants is how they help preserve your oral health. Because they are secured to your jawbone, they stimulate the bone to remain viable and not shrink away—a common problem associated with tooth loss. Dental implants also prevent your teeth from shifting toward smile gaps.
Since implants cannot be removed, you never have to worry about them slipping or falling out of your mouth. Given their strength, you can also eat your favorite hard or chewy foods again.
With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
If you are missing a tooth, a dental implant is the best long-term tooth replacement option available today.
Give our dental office a call today
Contact a member of our team if you would like more information about dental implants, or if you would like to schedule an exam and smile-goal chat with one of our top Phoenix, AZ dentists.
If you are considering dental implants in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Chad Hines will explain in detail how the process works and answer all your questions. He will walk you through all the steps, so you know what is involved and what to expect.
This is how dental implants work
- Dr. Hines uses technology to obtain a 3-D image of your jaw so he can plan the precise placement of your implant.
- He surgically places the implant in your jaw during a procedure at our office. We typically perform placement under local anesthesia, and patients report little if any discomfort.
- Over a period of several months, the implant post heals and fuses with the bone and tissues in your jaw.
- We attach a connector piece to the post called an abutment.
- A restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture will be secured to the abutment.
Dental Implants Recovery
The healing period is the longest and most crucial part of the process and can take anywhere from three to six months. This may seem like a long time, but our patients who have had implants placed all agree that the wait is well worth it!
If you are thinking about implants and have questions, please call Dental Care at Moon Valley to arrange a consultation with Dr. Hines. He will be glad to evaluate your needs and help you decide if implants are the best tooth replacement for you.