- posted: Jan. 23, 2019
Dental implants do more than just replace missing teeth. They also help to maintain your oral and general health by preserving the bone tissue in the gums, which begin to erode as soon as a tooth is removed. Although this may not seem like a prominent concern (no one sees what's going on behind your gums when you smile, after all), bone loss is actually one of the biggest side effects of tooth loss as well as a risk factor for periodontal (gum) disease. Implants are like a second chance at a healthy and whole smile and are the only dental restoration that replaces both the root and the crown of a missing tooth. The dentists at Superstition Mountain Dental, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, offer dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental treatments in Gold Canyon, AZ.
Invest in a Brand New Smile with Dental Implants in Gold Canyon, AZ
On the surface, tooth loss is an embarrassing problem that can affect everything from your career and the quality of your relationships to your overall quality of life. Whether you have lost just one or all of your natural teeth, implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth.
After a comprehensive dental exam to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, the first stage of the procedure involves surgically placing a small titanium screw in the socket of the missing tooth to replace the root. If you are getting implants to support a set of dentures, only a few implants will be necessary to anchor the dentures in the jaw.
Once in place, the implant begins to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums through a process known as osseointegration. Not only does this help to secure the implant in place, but it also helps to prevent bone loss and encourage the growth of healthy new bone tissue. When the implant has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached, completing the restoration. In order to qualify for implants, you must be an adult in good health and you must be willing to commit to maintaining rigorous oral hygiene and follow up dental treatment. You must also have sufficient bone density in the gums to support an implant. With proper care, implants have a very high success rate and offer long term relief from tooth loss and its many side effects to your health and self-esteem.
Find a Dentist in Gold Canyon, AZ
There have never been more opportunities to replace missing teeth and invest in a healthier, more attractive smile. For more information about dental implants and to find out if they are the right restoration treatment for you, contact Superstition Mountain Dental by calling (480) 671-7777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn today.
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