Dental implants are the only restoration option to permanently replace missing teeth that also prevents jawbone deterioration. Johnny L. Smith, DMD, in Peoria, Arizona, is an experienced general dentist with advanced surgical skills. He enjoys replacing teeth and restoring a patient’s ability to bite and chew. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Dental implants replace both a missing tooth and the tooth root. Your artificial tooth not only looks and feels like your natural teeth, but the implant provides support and stability with a post installed directly in the jawbone.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth.
A dental implant requires several visits to Dr. Smith, with time in between to allow your mouth to heal. The end result is worth the effort and time, as you end up with a healthy artificial tooth and root that lasts a lifetime.
During your first appointment, Dr. Smith takes X-rays and impressions of your teeth to ensure you’re a candidate for an implant. If the bone in your jaw can support a dental implant, you can proceed. If not, you may need a bone graft or other options to replace missing teeth.
At the second appointment, anesthesia ensures your comfort while Dr. Smith screws the implant post into the jawbone where your missing tooth is. Your jaw is given 6-12 weeks to heal and anchor to the implant post.
Once healed, Dr. Smith fits you for your prosthetic teeth, crowns, or dentures, depending on your needs.
In addition to offering a stable, permanent option for tooth replacement, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that also reduces your risk for jawbone deterioration.
Benefits of dental implants include:
Because dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, proper care for implants is identical to caring for natural teeth. Brush and floss twice daily and schedule routine visits for cleanings and exams with Dr. Smith.
Dental implants are considered permanent restorations, lasting 25 years or more. In contrast, a dental crown without an implant typically lasts between 10-15 years.
To find out if you can replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth with dental implants, call Johnny L. Smith, DMD, or book an appointment online today.
Notes: Dr. Smith is a general dentist with amazing surgical skills, he really enjoys placing dental implants and restoring a patient's bite.