Dental implants are one of the most popular choices for replacing missing teeth. At the office of Dr. George Christakos, DDS, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Christakos uses dental implants to restore the look, feel, and function of your smile. Implants are an excellent choice whether you have a single missing tooth or several. To find out if dental implants are right for you, call Dr. George T. Christakos, DDS, or book an appointment online now.
Every tooth consists of two important portions: the crown and the root. When you lose an adult tooth, the bone that once held the root breaks down. This is why, even when you have a replacement tooth, it never feels and functions like your natural teeth. It’s not connected to the bone to secure it.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. These small posts are made of biocompatible metal that your dentist places in your jaw. Once placed, implants connect to your new replacement teeth and secure them in place.
Dental implants provide stability and security that other tooth replacement treatments can’t. Dental implants offer many benefits if you have one or more missing teeth, such as:
Because dental implants secure your replacement teeth in place, they won’t shift or move. Instead, they blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Many foods are off-limits when you have dentures or a dental bridge alone. Replacement teeth that rest on top of your gums can cause discomfort and pain when you chew. Not only do implants hold your replacement teeth in place, but they also protect your gums.
Poor-fitting dentures increase your saliva production, which can cause slurred speech or a lisp. Dental implants hold your prosthetic, so it can’t slide around and increase saliva production.
When your jaw is no longer stimulated by tooth roots, it eventually breaks down. That can lead to many complications, including additional tooth loss.
Your jaw also helps maintain your facial structure. When the bone breaks down, your face may look sunken. Dental implants replace your tooth roots to prevent bone resorption in your jaw.
Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers dental implant options for:
When you come into the office for your initial consultation, your dentist performs a full dental exam, including digital X-rays and other imaging tests. These diagnostics help the practice view your tooth-supporting structures to make sure you have enough healthy bone to support implants. If you don’t, the team may recommend a bone graft.
Dental implant surgery requires anesthesia to keep you comfortable, so it’s important to arrange a ride home before your appointment. Once you’re relaxed, your dentist makes a small incision in your gum tissue and inserts the implant.
As your mouth heals, the implant naturally fuses with the surrounding bone and tissue. That process is called osseointegration, and it’s crucial for holding your implants in place. After 6-12 weeks, you return to the office for impressions of your mouth. These impressions help create your custom-made replacement teeth.
Once your replacement teeth are ready, your dentist at Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry connects them to your implants.
Dental implants are permanent restorations that can last for 25 years or more. To find out if dental implants are right for you, call Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or book an appointment online today.