If you have considered replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants, you may want to know more about the procedure and process to determine if it is right for you. Dental implants are a popular treatment for missing teeth, requiring a surgical procedure to place the implant directly into the bone of the jaw. In doing so, it offers an abutment above the gumline in which a dentist can place a restoration. Restorations may include crowns, bridges, or dentures depending on how many teeth a patient is replacing. Implants are incredibly popular for several reasons. They are:
- Easy to care for
- Natural in appearance
- Highly successful
- Perfect for maintaining bone
What are dental implants made of?
The implants used at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry are made from a metal called titanium. Titanium is a strong, durable, and biocompatible material with the human body. In fact, many other implants used in medicine throughout the body are often fabricated with titanium. Titanium has been used for tooth replacement for over five decades and continues to be the most desirable metal for implants in medicine. Titanium metal won’t corrode or crack, and can be fused with the jawbone after placement through a special process known as osseointegration.
Who is a good fit for implants?
In order to enjoy the benefits of dental implants, including the high success rate in placement, patients will need a thorough evaluation including dental x-rays. These images will allow Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro to assess the health of the smile and determine if there is sufficient bone to place the implant. This is required to ensure that the bone will be accepting of the implant and the implantation will not fail.
Are you interested in finding out if you are a candidate for dental implants?
At Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry, we assist Mesa, AZ area patients with tooth replacement options that work with their budget and lifestyle. If you are ready to learn more about dental implants and find out if you are a good fit, call (480) 834-6991 to request an appointment at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Suite #1.