Losing a tooth in an accident or from decay not only changes your appearance, but it can lead to a further loss if the space is left empty. Your dentist will give you several options for filling the space, such as a crown, bridge, or dental implant. It is difficult to tell the differences between a natural tooth or implant, so an implant might be your best option.
Along with its realistic appearance, implants in Glendale, AZ also make sense because they have several other advantages over crowns and bridges. To help decide whether to choose an implant or some other replacement for a tooth, here are some of the other advantages to consider.
An implant allows you to continue to eat the foods you love. Since the supported replacement tooth has almost the same chewing strength of a natural tooth, you don’t need to cut hard or sticky foods from your diet. While you don’t want to make a habit out of eating ice or chewing on objects that shouldn’t be in your mouth, like a pen, you can have your cake and eat it too. Just brush your teeth after eating it.
Other replacements for missing teeth, such as crowns or bridges, require some adjustments to surrounding teeth. For instance, if you choose a bridge, then one of our dentists at Dobra Dental will need to trim or grind down the teeth so that caps, or dental crowns, fit over them.
However, implants don’t require this type of preparation. Instead, our dentists near you in Glendale, AZ can install them without affecting the surrounding teeth. The supporting teeth will remain intact throughout the placement of any implants.
When a tooth is missing, it can lead to loss of the jawbone. Fortunately, our dentists at Dobra Dental can prevent this loss by installing a dental implant. The implant offers the same service as a natural tooth by supporting the teeth to prevent tooth and bone loss. By preventing bone loss, our dentists at Dobra Dental in Glendale, AZ will also preserve your appearance.
Every patient will be different in their dental implant procedure depending on any number of personal considerations such as whether or not there’s an infection at the implant site or whether or not a bone graft is necessary, but for the most part, the procedure can be broken down into several steps.
First, your initial consultation will include x-rays to determine whether or not a bone graft is necessary and chart out projected treatment time. If a bone graft is not needed, you’re ready for the implant placement which can take anywhere between one to two hours.
Afterward, the implant will need time to heal before you receive an abutment, and again, the time needed varies between patients. After the abutment, our dentist will place a temporary crown to allow time for healing before the permanent implant is positioned.
As mentioned, every patient will have different timing regarding their dental implant procedure. But when you visit our dentist for a customized treatment plan, you’ll receive a customized treatment plan so you’ll have the information you need to plan for your future smile. Call us today to learn more.