Dental Implants in Maricopa, AZ
Permanently replace your missing teeth with dental implants!
An attractive, strong, fully functional smile is one of life’s greatest gifts. Don’t miss out. Dr. Shah can renew quality of life for patients missing one or more teeth. Dental implants are replacement prosthetics that can help you achieve a natural-looking, natural-feeling smile. Embedded in the jaw like natural teeth, dental implants feel strong and can last a lifetime. The jawbone actually fuses to the implant’s titanium anchor, which serves as the root of the new tooth.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most of our patients qualify to have dental implants in Maricopa. However, there are a couple of important prerequisites. First, your jaw must have enough bone density or volume. Because an implant is embedded in your jawbone, there must be sufficient bone tissue to firmly hold the implant in place. This is critical to the success of implantation. For patients who have been missing teeth for some time, this may be a concern because bone tissue begins to deteriorate without the stimulation of teeth roots. In this case, Maricopa dentist Dr. Shah may recommend bone graft surgery to rebuild the bone, or another type of tooth replacement will need to be selected.
In addition, a qualified dental implant candidate must be committed to a stringent oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing everyday is as important to the health of implanted teeth as natural teeth. Otherwise, gum disease or a condition known as peri-implantitis may be a risk. Both of these can ultimately require the extraction of your dental implants.
What is the Implant Process?
Receiving dental implants begins with minor oral surgery in our office. Dr. Shah will gently anesthetize the area of your jaw where the implants will be placed. Then, he makes a small incision in your gum tissue in order to reveal the bone. Each implant is surgically embedded to take advantage of the greatest bone density and your gums are sutured closed.
After surgery, you can expect some bleeding and swelling. Keep a soft cloth or pad of gauze on the site until the bleeding subsides. A cold compress will help reduce swelling, and over-the-counter pain medication will relieve any discomfort. You may also prefer to stick to a diet of soft foods for the first few days after surgery.
What Happens During Healing?
While your gums heal from surgery and even for a few months more, the dental implant—made of the biocompatible metal called titanium—and your bone are fusing together. This fusion is what provides the secure anchor for your eventual tooth restoration. Once Dr. Shah is certain that this process of osseointegration is complete, you’ll return to our office to have your new teeth attached to the implants.
If you have one missing tooth, then we’ll attach a custom crafted porcelain crown. In the case of greater tooth loss, partial and full dentures can also be used. These provide the look and comfort of a dental prosthetic with the security of implants. Partials and dentures can be outfitted with a metal undercarriage that locks into place over your implants.
Consider dental implants to support individual replacement teeth, bridgework, or dentures. Dr. Shah can assess your bone structure and oral health to determine whether implant dentistry is right for you.
If you’ve dreamed of having a complete smile again, call Dr. Shah and our friendly team at the Maricopa office to inquire about dental implants, or read more about this dental prosthetic in our patient library.